Say what you want about basic b*tch PSLs and decorative gourd season, but personally I love an autumnal treat. Caramel apples, butternut squash soup, bourbon-y ciders – I’m cloaked in flannel and ready to consume.
But my favorite October / November novelty nosh is pumpkin pancakes. The perfect mix of sweet and savory, they are the ideal breakfast centerpiece bordered by hot coffee and a greasy meat.
Maybe 2020 squashed fall spirit for some spots, or maybe half the country has an aversion to the color orange, but I had to search a little harder this year to find my spicy slap jacks.
Here’s a list of five places with the somewhat-elusive-this-year pumpkin pancakes:
1. Cafe Agora
Cafe Agora is flipping stacks of pumpkin spice pancakes topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, and / or pecans. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Go here for more info.
Denny’s carved out a new menu item this year with the Pumpkin Pancake Meal that includes cakes, eggs, taters and your choice of meat. With 1,700 locations in the country and eight in Milwaukee County, there’s most likely a Denny’s near you.
3. First Watch
First Watch is racking up rave online reviews for their healthy-ish Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast that comes with two cage-free eggs, one large spiced pumpkin pancake and an all-natural savory chicken sausage patty. The Florida-based First Watch now has two suburban Milwaukee locations: Oak Creek and Mequon. Get the deets here.
4. Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave.
The Original Pancake House has pancakes as a main meal or can be substituted as a side with your omelet, hash or other breakfast specialties. Seasonal Nutella crepes are also temporarily on the menu. Indoor and outdoor seating available; to-go orders welcome. More.
5. Rainbow Restaurant
This gem of a diner has been around since 1979 and has served up pumpkin pancakes and waffles every autumn for decades. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Find out more here.
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.