There’s nothing quite as sweet and delicious in the morning as a big and fluffy pancake. It’s perhaps the most common breakfast item that has become the staple of diners for decades. Whether drizzled in maple syrup or coated in blueberries, it’s the centerpiece of any breakfast menu, pairing nicely with coffee, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and eggs. And though pancakes are common enough where you can find them at nearly any place that serves breakfast, there are plenty of choices to find the finest cakes in the morning (or all-day in some cases). Here are some of the best spots in the Twin Cities for pancakes.
2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Artful and exuberant, Uptown Diner is committed to providing the best breakfast (and lunch) experience in Minneapolis. Located in Uptown, their menu is loaded with classic and contemporary breakfast items with an appealing twist. Located under the menu section marked Pancake Heaven, the pancakes are featured with such savory options as Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and the classic Old Fashioned Pancakes.
114 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
If you’re seeking someplace with local flavor, Hen House Eatery is the place to be for freshly baked goodness. Their selection of cakes includes the seasonal Pumpkin Harvest Pancakes, topped with candied walnuts, cream cheese whip, honey drizzle, cinnamon sprinkle, and pure maple syrup. If that sounds too decadent, they have plenty of simple and sweet cakes as well.
4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
With a retro and hangout allure, the Hi-Lo Diner has been a classic greasy spoon since 1957. For having such a history as a diner staple, it’s no surprise their menu includes pancakes, served up in single, double, or triple stacks. They also have smaller pancakes for kids so the little ones don’t feel left out of such a breakfast essential.
1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
When that pancake craving hits you at any time of the day, The Nicollet Diner is always open to satisfy that urge. They serve up the most delicious buttermilk pancakes that are both fluffy and golden brown. And if you’re exceptionally hungry, you may want to take on the Breakfast Barbarian Challenge for the most enormous of buttermilk pancakes, topped off with 6 eggs any style, 6 strips of bacon, 4 sausage patties, 2 slices of ham, hash browns, and toast. It’s the spendiest item on the menu but if finished in 60 minutes or less, it’s on the house.
120 W 14th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
For those seeking a bit of a variety in their pancakes, Eggy’s Diner has a few flavorful variants worth considering. Don’t let their menu listing of brunch confuse you. They dish up pancakes in the form of old fashioned cakes, cinnamon roll cakes, strawberry lemon pancakes, and even gluten-free pancakes. And they’re served all day for when that pancake fix just has to be satisfied in the evening.
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