There is never an inappropriate time to indulge in pancakes, and the fact that there is a day when it is a tradition seems like the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. In preparation for Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Tuesday, here is a list of the finest establishments that serve pancakes in Toronto. But don’t let the calendar restrict your consumption – they do this the rest of the year too! Be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between, be sure to hit these 10 places up.
Courtesy of Sunny Morning
Despite its location a little outside the downtown core, Sunny Morning has all your favorite breakfast foods, including elaborate omelets and fresh fruit. Their pancakes are taken to the next level with three delicious pancake options; the Nutella Dream Pancakes, Freddy’s Caramel Pancakes, and Very Strawberry Pancakes.
A trip to Emma’s Country Kitchen from wherever you are is certainly worth it. Breakfast is served from 9 am to 5 pm and the menu is full of delicious treats. Of course you have to try their wild blueberry pancakes, which are just one of the highlights on their menu. Non-pancake fare includes their buttermilk biscuits and eggs Benedict. When you’re finished, stop by their bakery for some goodies to take home.
The George Street Diner, Toronto | Courtesy of Fran's Restaurant
Diners are always great places to get your food fix and The George Street Diner is no exception. Located on the corner of Richmond and George, the diner is a cozy, yet upbeat stop. Their extensive menu offers a variety of sandwiches, eggs, and burgers, but what we’re here for are the pancakes. The meal comes with three pancakes and organic maple syrup; go for the traditional pancakes or sweeten things up with chocolate chips or blueberries.
If you don’t have time to grab your pancakes for breakfast, you’re in luck. Fran’s Restaurant serves breakfast all day, every day. Pancakes come in a variety of flavors including original, banana, chocolate, walnut, or mixed berries. If you’re feeling extra hungry, choose one of the many sides they have such as home fries, fruit, or bacon.
You may eggspect this establishment to only serve eggs, but that is far from the truth. Eggspectation has a variety of pancake choices too. Try the classic buttermilk pancakes, or get a yummy addition such as chocolate chips, blueberries, or strawberries. A little more outside the box are their banana walnut pancakes or their pancakes Pagé (pancakes served with fresh fruit and crème anglaise).
If sweet food isn’t really your thing, Barque Smokehouse switches things up. In contrast to the fruits and chocolate chips seen in other places, the restaurant cooks up Smoked Duck Pancakes. Served with blueberries and goat’s cheese, they have received rave reviews that make them a definite must-try.
Bar, Butcher, Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Canadian, $$$
Old School, Toronto | Courtesy of Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Classic restaurant by day and bar by night, Old School offers a homey and traditional feel with a modern twist. With bar-meets-diner food, be sure to check out their Classic Fluffy Flapjacks, topped with brown sugar butter and whipped cream. If that isn’t enough, add one of their sides of sausage or Butcher’s Crack.
If there is one thing you have to try at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, it’s their pancakes. If you have time to spare, they are totally worth the wait as they are cooked “low and slow.” Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are a mouthful in both ways, but their taste easily takes the pancake.
For the chocolate-obsessed, MoRoCo Chocolat has enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Though not everything has chocolate in it, a large portion does. Their homemade S’mores pancakes are a must-try, consisting of chocolate pancakes with house-made marshmallow fluff, and topped off with graham cracker crumbs and Nutella. If that just isn’t enough chocolate for you, try their frozen hot chocolate as well.
Mitzi’s Café may have an ever-changing weekly menu, but their signature oatmeal buttermilk pancakes are always staples, as they happen to be the most famous thing on the menu. There’s not much more to say about them, other than you have to head out there and try them.
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