Breakfast in the D: Pancakes Edition

By: Toni Cunningham | July 23, 2013
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There’s nothing quite like a stack of pancakes to start off your brunch the right way, is there? A pile of warm flapjacks, fluffy and light on the inside, perfectly golden brown on the outside. Topped with a sizeable pat of butter and drizzled with maple syrup—yum!

Whether you prefer them the size of silver dollars or dinner plates, plain or with a multitude of toppings, there are several places to get your fix in Metro D.

Hudson Café, 1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, has been voted Best Breakfast in Wayne County, perhaps thanks in part to the restaurant’s classically trained French chef. They’ve got six varieties of pancakes on the menu—Original buttermilk, thin and airy flapjacks, Chunky Munky (with caramel, white chocolate chip and banana), Red Velvet (with cream cheese drizzle and cocoa powder), Pecan Banana and Oatmeal Raisin. I guess it’s customary to order only one meal for breakfast, but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception.

Toast, with locations in Ferndale and Birmingham, serves hotcakes, not pancakes. You can get them in one of several varieties, including classic, blueberry, chocolate chip and granola banana. If you miss out in the morning, you’re in luck—breakfast is served until 3 p.m. every day of the week.

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The Original Pancake House, with locations in Birmingham, Southfield and Grosse Pointe Woods, may be a franchise, but it’s not just another chain pancake establishment. You’ve got your choice of over a dozen pancake varieties, which is more than most can say. Swedish pancakes are served with lingonberries, and the bacon pancakes are stuffed with bits of real bacon.

Café Muse, 418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, is the place to go if you’re craving pancakes with a little something extra. The menu includes unique options such as Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Pear Compote, Orange Rum Raisin Pancakes, Whole-wheat Pancakes with Braised Apples and Homemade Granola, and Ricotta and Lemon Pancakes served with homemade blueberry maple syrup.

The Breakfast Club, 30600 John R. Rd., Madison Heights, guarantees you’ll be in “pancake heaven.” Your choices include Sticky Cakes (with toffee chips, toasted coconut and salted pecans), Buttermilk Pancakes, Strawberry & Whipped Cream Rolled Pancakes, Multi Grain Pancakes, Banana Pancakes and Blueberry Pancakes. Add a side of bacon or ham and you’ll be set all day.

Recipes, a restaurant with locations in Troy and Farmington, has been recognized by both local (Detroit Free Press) and worldwide (USA Today) publications. The pancakes come in several varieties, including Granola Almond, Blueberry, Wheat Germ, Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Syrup & Whip Cream.

Any way you prepare them, top them or eat them, pancakes are, and will always be, a breakfast staple. Don’t forget the real maple syrup!