Got a hankering for a delicious stack of pancakes? You are not alone. Americans are “weekend warriors” when it comes to a good brunch and their delicious checklist always includes the classic American pancake. Local restaurant The Griddle Cafe was recently placed top-of-the-stack as one of America’s top ten pancakes places. Who else was a winner?
America’s top ten pancake places (in no particular order):
The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont
Retro-glam diner vibe mixed with a hippie, local food crazed founder Tod Murphy makes the perfectly purveyed pancake.Vermont is famous for it’s maple syrup but everything else is local as well, including the alternative of tofu for your pancakes.
Stanley in New Orleans, Louisiana
This new French Quarter favorite has a drool-worthy menu with gourmet versions of old Louisiana classics. You can order up your pancakes 1950s-Americana style complete with soda fountain ice cream scoop and Louisiana’s own Steen’s Cane syrup. Forget bacon with your pancakes; at Stanley you can get soft-shell crab or gumbo on the side.
Hawaiian Style Café in Big Island, Hawaii
Nothing elicits joy more than the idea of a tropical breeze and Macadamia nut pancakes. Hawaiian Style Cafe takes it one step further with its Pancake Sandwich with whipped butter, coconut syrup, fried eggs, and gravy. With all this decadent food, we are surprised that Hawaiian locals can even fit into their tiny bikinis.
The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon
Forget IHOP: Original Pancake House was the original-original house of pancakes. They are infamous for their Dutch Baby pancakes which look like a tiny volcanos of doughy goodness. There are a plethora of pancake batter choices, syrup options, and hard-to-find favorites like Swedish pancakes and Pigs in a Blanket. Umm, yum.
Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina
Straight up buttermilk pancakes smothered in pecan butter and apple maple syrup is what you get at Hominy Grill. Pair that with a giant mug of coffee, some sausage gravy, and some cheesy grits and you will see why Southerners are so darn friendly.
Lula in Chicago, Illinios
While the ingredients of Lula’s trendy griddle cakes may change seasonally, the deliciousness is never-ending. A griddle cake in winter might be paired with stone fruit preserves, candied pumpkin seeds, and maple sabayon. Summer brings cakes covered in grape jam, poached raisins, and spiced crème anglaise. Everything at Lula is made with pure heart from the local land. No wonder they call it the “Heartland.”
Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York
Free-range eggs, local syrup, apple-cider cured smoked bacon, crisp mountain air and the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you could ever imagine. Any trip to the Adirondacks isn’t complete without a trip to the Lake Placid Lodge.
The Downyflake in Nantucket, Massachussets
This pancake has pure Yankee cred. Housed in a weathered old building, The Downeyflake serves up pancakes as pure as a the restaurants namesake. Old-school pancakes with cranberries or blueberries, syrup and butter, nothing more, nothing less. These pancakes are a pure revelation in simple perfection.
Prune in New York City, New York
Get ready to put on your fancy pants (just make sure they are the ones with the elastic waistband)! Prune in New York City does the pancake with a dash of class and a whole lot of city style. Try the gorgeous and delicious “Dutch Style” jumbo blueberry pancake baked in the oven paired with Canadian bacon, sour cream, and powdered sugar. Be prepared to work up an appetite waiting because like everything else in New York, you need a reservation.
The Griddle Café in West Hollywood, California
One of our several local wonders, The Griddle Cafe’s pancakes are like rock ‘n roll- you better go big, or go home. There are 18 gigantic pancakes to choose from, all more decadent than the next. The “Saturday Morning Fever” is swirled with Baileys and Kahlua, while “Scotch on the Rocks” is filled with coconut, pecans, and butterscotch chips. It’s like Friday night all over again, minus the Jager bombs!
[Source: Yahoo! Travel]