Guess what, Bitches? It’s National Pancake Day! Flapjacks, hotcakes, johnny cakes, crepes, griddle cakes, pancakes–whatever you call them, we are celebrating them, and we think you should too! We’ve rounded up the five best pancakes in the Chicago in honor of this hotcake holiday, so maybe go into work a little late and go enjoy some pancakes with the best of us. If you unfortunately can’t escape your commitment to the job, we have also included some of the best weekend spots to get your fill. Also you can totally make your own pancakes with one of our own pancake recipes, like these pumpkin pancakes.
You can enjoy a single pancake or a full stack at Cafe Robey, and we insist you do. Definitely our top contender for Best Pancake in our end of the year Best Bites list, this pancake is BOMB. It is a fluffy piece of heaven, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a big dollop of house-whipped butter. Plus, Cafe Robey is the perfect spot for a weekday brunch, we definitely think your boss would understand why you had to come in late. Read our full review of Cafe Robey here. Cafe Robey, 2018 W North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Another great weekday brunch spot is the popular diner in Lincoln Park, Jam’n Honey. They have a variety of choices for pancakes, but we were a fan of the blueberry stack. It’s a large stack and definitely worth the price, which was already a reasonable one. Topped with powdered sugar and fresh blueberries, they were super yummy. Read our full review of Jam’n Honey here. Jam’n Honey, 958 W Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Hands down our second spot for best pancakes is Kitty O’Sheas, where the pancakes look and taste amazing. This is a stack you won’t forget, we swear. This dish was technically fried chicken and cornbread pancakes, a spin on chicken and waffles, and boy do they give the classic a run for their money. The pancakes were light and fluffy. The presentation of the dish was awesome: fried chicken was placed on a skewer in the middle of the pancakes, towering over the stack below them, with fresh blueberries and powdered sugar as well. Brunch is only served on weekends. Read our full review of Kitty O’Sheas here. Kitty O’Sheas, 720 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Clever Rabbit’s sweet potato pancakes were our pick for the Best Pancakes of 2017. Spiced mascarpone, candied pecans, and a blis barrel aged maple syrup , these were not your momma’s pancakes. Brunch is only served on the weekends, but with other clever and veggie focused menu items, it is definitely a spot to have on your “must-brunch” list. Read our full review of Clever Rabbit here. Clever Rabbit, 2015 W. Division St, Chicago, IL
Bar Siena’s skillet hotcake changed the way we think about food, especially pancakes. The pancake had lemon-whipped ricotta churned into the batter, and it was life changing! It arrives in a cast iron skillet, and while it was a fun presentation, it was also functional with the added bonus of keeping the pancake warm throughout the meal. Brunch is only served on weekends. Read our full review of Bar Siena, here. Bar Siena, 832 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607