All pancakes are not equal. The possible cake combinations are endless, ranging from wheat to cornmeal to buttermilk and topped with anything from syrup to fruits to Oreo cookies and beyond.
Really, finding the perfect pancake boils down to personal taste. Like pizza crust, there are thick-cake people and thin-cake people. Some like 'em light and fluffy, and some eaters want them thin and crispy-edged.
Regardless of your propensity for pancakes, there are plenty of eateries flipping some fine flapjacks. Here is a list of some of the best ones.
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317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg offers fresh blueberry or mixed grain pancakes for $7.95. The blueberry stack comes with a lemon creme anglaise (a cream, egg and vanilla sauce), and the grain are topped with bananas and candy walnuts. Blues Egg offers a thick-ish, fluffy cake that's about 8 inches in diameter. "It's all about having a big, full plate," says sous chef Erick Fisher. "We want people to have a great stack of pancakes that's also a great value."
Cafe At The Plaza
1007 N. Cass, (414) 276-2101
Cafe at the Plaza, located inside the Plaza Hotel, features three buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup for $7.50 (a short stack is $5). The menu also boasts fancy buckwheat ricotta pancakes served with honey and orange blossom butter for $8.25 (a short stack is $5.25). The Cafe's cakes will appeal to most pancake fans because they are in the middle when it comes to thickness: not super fluffy and yet not exactly thin-as-a-crepe either.
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Cafe Benelux features the pancake-esque "pannenkoeken" that's a thicker-than-usual crepe topped with a variety of items. They range in price from the $6.95 New Amsterdam that comes with powdered sugar and maple syrup to the $11.95 Haarlem that comes topped with bacon, hash browns, fried eggs, tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. A single pannenkoeken is huge – larger than a breakfast plate – and can usually fill up two diners.
Maxfield's Pancake House
2727 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 453-6000
Maxfield's has a daring selection of 22 "pancakes you won't forget" (according to the copy on their website), including fresh strawberry pancakes, raisin walnut pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, granola, raisin and walnut "Heath Nut" pancakes along with the decadent Oreo cookie pancakes and the "Addictive Delight" featuring peanut butter and chocolate chips. They are medium thickness and range in price from $5.29 to $7.69.
Miss Katie's Diner
1900 W. Clybourn St., (414) 344-0044
Customers can order pancakes at any time, thanks to Miss Katie's all-day breakfast menu that features pancakes made with a "house batter" for $6.25 or $7.25 topped with blueberries. What's in the house batter? According to head cook, Irene Cawthon, the secret is using both butter and buttermilk in the batter, along with other unsharable ingredients. "The key is a nice hot griddle," says Cawthon.
Original Pancake House
2625 N. Downer Ave., (414) 431-5055
The original Pancake House is an Oregon-based chain and, not surprising considering its name, has one of the largest selections of pancakes in the city. The menu features 14 pancake options, including potato pancakes, bacon pancakes (yes, bits of bacon folded right into the cake), Swedish pancakes ("lacy" pancakes served with lingonberries from Sweden), Hawaiian pancakes (topped with crushed pineapple, powdered sugar and tropical syrup) and dollar pancakes (mini pancakes which come 10 to a plate). Prices range from $6.45 to $9.45 and smaller kids' portions are available.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.