Sweet Stacks: Where to Find America’s Best Pancakes
Griddlecakes, hotcakes, flapjacks, johnnycakes…
Whatever you call them, pancakes are one of America’s most beloved breakfast foods. When you’re craving a sweet start to your day, who can resist a short stack of fluffy rounds topped with butter and maple syrup?
From classic plain to topped with blueberries to studded with chocolate chips to stuffed with bananas, the delicious varieties of this timeless treat are endless.
The next time you’re feelin’ a flapjack fix, check out the Foodgōd team’s list of ten restaurants from across the country serving versions you’ll flip for.
Clinton Street Baking Co.
New York City
On any given weekend, the wait for brunch at Clinton Street Baking Co. can be hours long—and down the block. But for good reason: the Lower East Side eatery serves arguably the best (and fluffiest) pancakes in all of NYC. Available all day long, their wildly popular Wild Maine Blueberry pancakes come stacked three high and with a melt-in-your-mouth maple butter sauce. Chocolate chunk and banana walnut are fan favorites, too.
One of Charleston’s most acclaimed restaurants, Hominy Grill has been serving high-quality Lowcountry cuisine since the ’90s. You can order a stack of their classic buttermilk pancakes, which are light and fluffy and come three to an order, any time of day. Pancake perfection, ya’ll.
Going strong for more than 80 years, this cash-only Nantucket landmark is a must-visit for anyone on the island. The Downyflake may be best known for their doughnuts, but their pancakes are just as legendary. These babies are perfectly fluffy, golden, and best enjoyed with the eatery’s homemade blueberry syrup.
Bodegón at Hotel Madrid
The fine dining restaurant at Milwaukee’s Hotel Madrid offers a fabulous brunch—we’re talking bottomless Champagne and Fruity Pebbles pancakes. That’s right, swing by Bodegón on Saturdays to enjoy all the bubbles and endless stacks of colorful flapjacks ’til your heart’s content. Sign us up!
808 Grindz Café
808 Grindz is a charming, no-frills local gem on the island of Maui that serves killer ’cakes. Say aloha to fresh-from-da-griddle varieties including macadamia nut, bananas, Reese’s chocolate chip, and even gluten-free. Tip: this tiny cafe doesn’t take reservations, so expect a wait. #worthit
The Griddle Cafe
One of the best breakfast joints in LA (and top spot for celeb sightings), The Griddle Cafe serves more than a dozen creative varieties of their gigantic pancakes—from Black Magic (stuffed and topped with crushed Oreos) to The Golden Ticket (brown-sugar baked bananas, caramel, walnuts, and streusel). Their original buttermilk and red velvet are so popular that the restaurant sells their mix online so you can whip ’em up at home.
The globally-inspired menu at M. Henry showcases fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients—and their their pancakes are no exception. While their simple stack of three is dreamy enough, the move here is to go for the Blackberry Bliss hotcakes featuring mixed berries, vanilla mascarpone cream, and a brown sugar and oats crumble topping. Bliss, indeed.
The first flapjack house in Tennessee (in business since 1960) remains the best, according to locals. Pancake Pantry churns out two dozen different made-from-scratch varieties, from classics to more outrageous. Their secret off-menu flavor—fluffy rounds topped with bananas, bacon, and peanut butter syrup—are flippin’ incredible. Ask for ’em and thank us later.
Wisconsin Dells, WI
This family-run restaurant has been a Wisconsin tradition for more than 50 years, and is a local favorite because of its hearty and delicious breakfast offerings including Belgian waffles, omelettes, and blintzes. But Mr. Pancake is best known for its namesake pancakes, of course—18 mouthwatering variations using secret family recipes and made-fresh-daily batter.
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian
New York City
Hotel breakfasts can sometimes be basic, but Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian in midtown is far-from-your-average hotel restaurant. The quintessential NYC eatery in the lobby of the hotel serves its famous Norma’s Super Blueberry Pancakes with a heap of fresh, ripe blueberries and the chef’s signature homemade Devonshire cream sauce. And they are heavenly.
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