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5 Best Pancakes in the DMV

Flapjacks, hotcakes, johnny cakes, crepes, griddle cakes, pancakes–whatever you call them, they’re delicious. We’ve rounded up the five best pancakes in the DMV in honor of National Pancake Day. Time to grab your syrup and book your reservations on OpenTable. Enjoy, Bitches.

Blue Duck Tavern

We devoured the lemon ricotta pancakes at Blue Duck Tavern. The short stack includes poppy seed streusel and comes topped with blueberries and chamomile honey. The pancakes were light and fluffy and the citrus flavor did not overwhelm the dish. Blue Duck rarely dissappoints.  1201 24th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Blue Duck Tavern


We always have room for the mascarpone pancakes at Lavagna. What seems like an entree is actually perfect for a shared dessert. The pancakes are thick, dense, and covered with a chocolate hazelnut spread and powdered sugar. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

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The Yard at The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown

We couldn’t believe how tasty the orange créme pancakes were at The Yard. The fluffy stacks had the perfect level of sweetness along with tartness from the orange ricotta filling. The house-made curd atop the pancakes was equally pleasing. 3100 South Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Tupelo Honey

The banana pudding layered pancakes were a show stopper at Tupelo Honey. The homemade banana pudding was served warm on top of the sweet potato pancakes. The rum sauce drizzled on the Nilla Wafers was the perfect amount of sweet and savory. The Shoo Mercy pancakes also won us over. These flapjacks weren’t overpowering with sweet potato in any way–they tasted like a savory pancake as opposed to a sweet dessert-like hotcake. 1616 N Troy St., Arlington, VA



You go to Whaley’s for the seafood, and you stay for the hearty Southern goodness. We loved the dense yet fluffy buttermilk pancakes, topped with sliced apples, hazelnuts, and a sweet whipped mascarpone. 301 Water St. S.E. #115, Washington, D.C.



While the Bitches Who Brunch write this post independently, compensation is received from Lavagna.


Tess enjoys all things D.C. and food related. You can find her pursing a marketing career during the week while brunching and boozing all weekend. Will work for truffle potato chips.

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