National Pancake Week is Feb. 10 to16, so to celebrate why not eat a heaping pile of steaming hotcakes? Plenty of restaurants around Dallas/Fort Worth serve these round, fluffy breakfast delights, but some rise above the rest. Want to try red velvet pancakes or build your own pancake flavor? Here are some of the best places to bite into some traditional flapjacks, red velvet pancakes, or even a pancake sandwich.
Ol’ South Pancake House
1509 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Ol’ South Pancake House has been around since 1962, and long ago became a favorite breakfast spot. The entire menu is also available for take-out with convenient online ordering. As the name implies, this place cooks up its share of pancakes, and not just the traditional variety. The German pancakes on the menu are flavored with fresh lemon and powdered sugar. There is also an option to build custom pancakes, and hungry patrons can choose from buttermilk, buckwheat, or corn cakes and add toppings like peanut butter chips and raisins.
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316 W 7th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
At Oddfellows, the pancakes aren’t topped with anything crazy, but are created from the inside out. There are buttermilk pancakes for the traditionalists, but for the more adventurous, there are the likes of berry chocolate chip, gingerbread and red velvet. For the truly daring though, there is the sampler plate, which includes all three adventurous flavors. Oddfellows has been awarded locally for its coffee as well as its breakfast, so sip on something hot with a plateful of these cakes.
Cotton Gin Café
204 W Broadway St.
Prosper, TX 75078
The Cotton Gin Café serves home cooking in a no-frills atmosphere. One of the highlights of breakfast here is the buttermilk pancakes. They don’t just come by themselves though. They arrive on a platter with eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns. If you aren’t hungry enough for that, you can still have a little of everything in the half pancake platter. Pancakes are only available during breakfast hours, and the place is closed on Sundays.
2880 W Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Café Brazil offers classic pancakes covered in maple syrup, as well as pancrepes, and even build-your-own pancakes. The build-your-own special comes with three large pancakes and any two toppings from a list that includes chocolate chips, M&Ms, blueberries and coconut, just to name a few. Breakfast is served all day long and into the night. At the Fort Worth location, this means 24 hours a day Thursday through Saturday. If you don’t have time to stop working, bring your laptop with you while you eat and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.
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Cindi’s N.Y. Delicatessen
11111 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75243
Cindi’s is famous for its New York bagels, sandwiches and soups, but serves a lot more than that. The large breakfast menu is served all day and includes a wide variety of pancakes. There are blueberry, strawberry, and banana-nut pancakes. There are pecan, chocolate chip, and German-style pancakes. There is even a pancake sandwich, which includes three pancakes, an egg, bacon or sausage, and a whipped butter blend.
Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at Examiner.com.