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Finding Atlanta’s Best Pancakes

September 26 is National Pancake Day, and what better way to celebrate than by indulging yourself with the smell of a hot and flaky buttermilk pancake covered in warm maple syrup? It’s almost too hard to resist. It doesn’t matter if you wake up early to fix your family some hotcakes or hit the snooze button to rest up for brunch. You have a little less than 24 hours to decide how you’re going to commemorate this tremendous food holiday!

There are probably countless places across the country that would love for you to celebrate with them. However, if you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area and are really wanting to taste the best pancakes the city has to offer, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice:

Highland Bakery


Image Credit: Highland Bakery

You really can’t go wrong with the food at Highland Bakery, especially when it comes to breakfast. They have a number of great pancake options including their sweet potato pancakes. They’re a great break from the normal buttermilk pancakes, and are the perfect amount of sweet that they won’t overwhelm. If you’ve never tasted sweet potato pancakes, you’ll definitely want to have your first experience here!

When you’re looking to go even sweeter, try their ricotta pancakes with a blueberry compote—it will certainly wake you up. As a guy who loves blueberries, trust me when I say that the they are always on point. But if sweet isn’t really what you want, Highland Bakery also serves up the ultra-unique cilantro corn pancakes. Of the three, this is the only one that I haven’t tried, so if there is anyone out there who has (or plans to) then please let me know what your thoughts were. I’m always looking to try something new.

Ria’s Bluebird


Image Credit: Ria’s Bluebird

A quaint cafe right across from the Oakland Cemetery, and if you’re willing to look for this somewhat hidden gem you need to try their buttermilk pancakes. I know it doesn’t sound exotic or special and I’m sure you’ve had plenty of buttermilk pancakes before. But once you cut into the fluffy stack and caramelized bananas, then you’ll never look at pancakes the same way again.

They are filling, but don’t hold back with these bad boys—go for the fat stack. Sound too sweet? The banana’s are your option (along with chocolate chips or pecans), but I’m a huge fan of adding fruits to my pancakes.

Another Broken Egg Cafe


Image Credit: Another Broken Egg Cafe

These guys are famous for their scrambled skillets, but if you have the room to add one of their jumbo sweet potato pancakes then you won’t be sorry (until you have to leave). The portions are slightly more than generous so you could easily skip the skillet and fill up on these delicious flapjacks.

Their buttermilk pancakes are not much of a slouch either, and you can dress them up with nuts or a variety of fruit. Of all of the restaurants on this list, Another Broken Egg Cafe is probably the one with the most casual atmosphere. It’s also one that you can just as easily find outside of the metro area and beyond.

West Egg


Image Credit: West Egg

One of the most popular places in Atlanta for brunch on the weekends is West Egg. This is one of the places around town where you have to know exactly when you’re going. You’ll definitely have to get here early if you want a seat without standing in line.  However, with all of that said I must say that the payoff is well worth it.

The flapjacks here are really soft and easy to cut through, and the butter that you get with them sets off the flavor of the batter perfectly. Their buttermilk pancakes overflow the plate that they give you, and there is usually enough to take home—especially if you order the tall stack. But I fail to see the downside of having quality pancakes available for two meals, do you?



Image Credit: Rosebud

Make your way to Virginia Highlands and head straight for Rosebud’s Ultimate Pancake. This beauty is a pancake with sausage, bacon and eggs stuffed into it! Talk about consolidating, it’s one of the best brunch experiences I’ve ever had and if you only have one place to go, be sure it’s here. I’m sure that there are some of you who absolutely can’t stand combining your food. But for me, there is something indescribable about a soft pancake sandwiching crispy bacon. Plus, eggs and sausage taste great with real maple syrup.

Like I said earlier, if you’re not in the Atlanta area, there are plenty of places in every city that are great for pancakes—including your own home. Think about it, what better way to get the taste exactly how you want it than by crafting it yourself? There’s no wrong way (or time) to eat pancakes, so have at it and bon apetite!

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