The pancake has been a breakfast staple throughout the ages. Whip up a batter, spread it out on a griddle or other hot surface and, voilà, breakfast is served. But pancakes are so much more than that. And pancakes aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Fried or baked, pancakes can be dinner, lunch or even a quick snack. Fried or baked, pancakes are enjoyed the world over by people sitting down for dinner, lunch or even a quick snack. National Pancake Week is March 10 to 16 this year and, to celebrate, here are a few spots in town that do the humble pancake justice.
403 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
There’s no denying that this is one of Seattle’s culinary hotspots. This Korean-influenced restaurant serves up an inspiring array of fresh salads, savory dumplings and tempting noodles. But if you are looking for something to nosh while celebrating the week of the pancake, Revel works its magic like no other. These pancakes explode with flavor. Sit at the lively kitchen counter and order up the pork belly, kimchi and bean sprout pancake or the garlic shrimp, chermoula and white bean pancake is more to your liking. Revel rounds out the pancake category with a potato, tapenade and Thai basil creation. Take your pick – or better yet, have all three.
121 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98033
When you think of Italian food, pancakes may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But after you’ve had the Chestnut Pancakes at Volterra you’ll have a tough time getting the thought of these savory cakes out of your head. Ever since Volterra opened its doors in 2005, the restaurant has been wowing Seattle diners with its Tuscan-inspired menu. And Volterra has recently spread its Italian mojo to the eastside, opening up a second location (lucky eastsiders!). But regardless of what side of the water you are on, everyone is in luck when they order the buckwheat and chestnut flour pancakes, which come with sautéed apples, chestnut flavored Mascarpone and a dusting of powdered sugar.
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407 Cedar St.
Seattle, WA 98121
If you are looking to recreate the sense of sitting at a lovely European café while you dig into your stack, then make your way to Tilikum Place Café. This cozy enclave welcomes you in with all of the old world charm that you would expect from its counterpart in Paris. Sure, some Parisian café’s may have the Eifel Tower as a backdrop but Tilikum Place Café offers up the beauty and elegance of Space Needle right outside its windows. While you are enjoying the view you’ll also want to order a couple of baked pancakes – better known as Dutch Babies. You can go two ways here; savory, with bacon, broccoli and cheddar – or sweet, with spiced plums and almond streusel.
1400 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
If you happen to find yourself on Capitol Hill during National Pancake Week and looking to celebrate with a classic stack of cakes then make sure you stop by Skillet Diner. Ever since this joint opened a couple years back it has seen a steady line of hungry hipsters and the like streaming out onto its sidewalk waiting to score a seat at the counter or slide into one of its comfy booths. Once you are inside the options for comfort food are endless, but you’ll want to focus in on its stack of griddle cakes, which are topped off with a seasonal compote, house-made brown sugar syrup and just the right amount of lemon zest butter – tasty!
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8037 15th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Just as its name suggests, this is the granddaddy of pancake houses in Seattle – a mecca for those who crave traditional pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on their mondo sized menu featuring pancakes made with buttermilk, buckwheat, sourdough and just about anything else imaginable. The Original Pancake House is known to cull its recipes from around the world so you’ll find Georgia Pecan pancakes right next to the Swedish pancakes. But if you want to know what makes this joint so popular then settle in for one of its signature Apple Pancakes. You might just end your pancake celebration in an apple and cinnamon sugar induced coma.