Pancakes. There’s something fluffy and magical about pancakes that makes Americans go “craving” on Saturday mornings. From buttermilk to blueberry, these hot cakes are convincing palates from Seattle to Hawaii. Get ready to dive into a tall stack of America’s best pancakes.
5 Spot | Seattle, WA
Traditional are delicious, but the seasonal cakes are spectacular. Fresh, local blueberries scream sustainable and the fall pumpkin pancakes shout spice. The 5 Spot changes the menu theme five times per year, and continuously whips up creative pancake flavors.
Ono Family Restaurant | Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
This might be the best hot cake on the islands, and yet in America. Try the banana macadamia nut pancakes served with either regular or coconut syrup. For the true Hawaiian experience, order a fresh half of papaya to add to the local flavor.
The Farmer’s Diner | Quechee, Vermont
No best pancake list is complete without representing a short stack from maple syrup country, Vermont. Grow big and tall with a short stack of organic wheat flour buttermilk pancakes. Increase your glucose levels with the local syrup and calm the senses with a glass of fruit-lavender tea.
The Original Pancake House | Portland, Oregon
There’s nothing original in Portland, besides it’s pancakes. For a one-of-a-kind pancake, experience the oven-baked Dutch baby pancake. The crater-shaped pancake is a true resemblance of the mountainous northwest and filled with sweet goodness, powder sugar.
Lula | Chicago, Illinois
The windy city boasts with big city flavor at Lula. Using local ingredients, the pancake pairings change seasonally. From stone preserves to candied pumpkin seeds, pair your pancakes with a side of nitrate-free bacon or apple-maple sage sausage.
Lake Placid Lodge | Lake Placid, New York
Scream and shout “I love buttermilk” in the Adirondacks served with a side of South Meadow Farms maple syrup. Besides the sweet and fluffy taste, eat your pancakes while looking at one hot view, Whiteface Mountain.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.