Whether you’re making the breakfast decisions in your household or relying on someone else for your morning meal, I think we can all agree that weekend mornings are for pancakes. Yes, they certainly are. Here are 4 places to head to this weekend if you’re craving a big plate of fluffy, freshly flipped flapjacks. Now that was a good alliteration!
Though there’s plenty to opt for on this varied diner menu like the generous portion of merguez and eggs or chicken and waffles, grown-ups can count on pancakes (add on Nutella and fruit if you want) and kids will especially enjoy a stack of chocolate chip pancakes. If your kids are being well-behaved and the chefs are in a good mood, they might even make the pancakes Mickey Mouse-shaped for you. Who knows! The Beltliner is also the only breakfast spot in town that uses St. Leons maple syrup, a boutique producer out of Quebec that is considered as one of the best small-batch syrups in the country.
It’s not easy to pull off whole wheat pancakes, but Blue Star Diner manages it just fine. Stay simple with a standard stack, some maple syrup and fresh fruit or kick it up a notch with Nutella, bananas and creme anglaise. You can also take the savoury route with fried chicken, bacon, an egg, green onions, red-eye gravy and hot sauce butter. The latter is not for the faint of heart of faint of appetite.
This no-frills Dutch eatery just off of Crowchild Trail has been a popular family-friendly go-to for decades. These gigantic pancakes cover all sorts of ground from sweet (cherry compote, ice cream and chocolate sauce, for example) to savoury (smoked sausage, leek and mushrooms) and even in-between (bacon and apple). Come hungry and also expect to wait a little while for a table on the weekends. Pfanntastic gets pretty busy!
2439 54 Ave S.W., dutchpancakes.ca
Though the feature pancakes here swap out every month, Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro (who we owe a belated happy 4th birthday too, as well!) has become famous for their stunning stacks of pancakes. Pop in before the end of February to try the orange cardamom pancakes topped with blood orange slices and strips of bright zest. What will March bring? Well, we’re just going to have to wait and see.
119 12 Ave S.W., yellowdoorbistro.ca