Fresh from the griddle, short stack or tall, add butter and syrup and a Sunday morning and the pancake is your best friend. Part comfort food, all deliciousness, the pancake has taken on a new role in the breakfast world. Similar to a cruise director, the pancake makes sure everyone enjoys themselves by being stuffed with ingredients, smothered by ingredients or toughened by them with whole grain ingredients. Whether a pancake purist an adventure lover, the pancake can take you around the world and back.
18510 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
This southwest style breakfast restaurant serves most entrees with a side of spicy home fries and good old sass. However, if you’re looking for a hearty, healthy version of pancakes, flapjacks that will make you feel good about eating whole grains and syrup all at the same time, stand in line with the rest of Lakewood at the Borderline Café. Look out for buckwheat, blueberry and banana and walnut pancakes or stuffed French toast. While they make take only cash at this established café, they’ll offer so much more.
845 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303
The east side of Cleveland has hidden gems everywhere and Wally Waffle is one of them. While Wally may boast delicious Belgian waffles, the pancake selection certainly merits some pride.Try them stuffed or smothered with all the toppings under the sun: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, bananas or apples and cinnamon. Choose from plates of 2 or 3 stacked high. It may be better to start small and try many combinations.
The Inn On Coventry
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Looking for food that’s made from scratch, just like any good mother would make? Head to the Inn on Coventry. The Inn restaurant’s menu reflects the sensational and outrageously delicious creations thought up by a group of intensely creative women. Lemon ricotta pancakes anyone? Or pumpkin? Or Reese’s Cup pancakes for that special occasion? The Inn on Coventry offers a sweet and flavorful pancake for breakfast lovers everywhere.
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19215 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
While Joe’s deli might have a revamped style and upscale feel, the menu holds the same classic breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that have made this restaurant a staple of the west side of Cleveland. When you’re looking for a good old fashioned, fluffy, crispy-edged buttermilk pancake the size of your plate, come to Joe’s. When you want a good old-fashioned, fluffy, crispy-edged blueberry pancake the size of your plate, come to Joe’s. Feast with business executives and casual diners all looking for a hearty plate to mix up their mornings.
2621 W. 14th St.
In the ever-fashionable Tremont lies Grumpy’s Café, a restaurant with unbelievable power. It can take the average hungry human and fill that person’s stomach with so many, many good things to eat it that the meal seems impossible. Take for example the buckwheat and walnut pancakes, which Grumpy’s tops with maple syrup and them serves with Cajun home fries. Voila! Breakfast is served! While most restaurants keep their pancakes sweet and fruit filled, Grumpy’s goes for savory and satisfying; pumpkin, apple and buckwheat are just a few choices. and there are enough options for a return visit or two.
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Marissa is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.