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.
Here’s a list of five places with tasty pumpkin pancakes:
1. Cafe Agora
Menomonee Falls, (262) 250-2747
As of Monday, Oct. 11, Cafe Agora will serve stacks of pumpkin spice pancakes topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, and / or pecans. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Denny’s carved out a new menu item this year with the Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes that also 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 chicken sausage patty. First Watch also serves seasonal pumpkin donut holes. The Florida-based chain now has three suburban Milwaukee locations: Oak Creek, Brookfield and Mequon.
4. Canela Cafe
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 226-6749
Located in the former Original Pancake House, the new Canela Cafe will offer pumpkin pancakes starting the weekend of Oct. 16. Specifics are yet to be determined, but check the website or Facebook page to stay informed.
5. Rainbow Restaurant
New Berlin, (262) 679-0490
This gem of a diner has been around since 1979 and has served up pumpkin pancakes and waffles every autumn for decades. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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