In honor of Pancake Tuesday, we asked our travel blogging friends to tell us: where are the best pancakes around the world? Don't read on an empty stomach!
Everyday we had whole wheat caramelized banana pancakes for breakfast. I would take the frozen batter out of the cooler to thaw at night and, in the morning, I simply had to snip the edge of the bag and squeeze the pancake batter into the waiting hot pan. I thought (and still think!) they were delicious but the novelty soon wore off for Ryan who even today will shudder if they're on the menu more than once in a trip. Happily, his hesitation doesn't apply to other pancakes and their culinary brethren around the world!
Pancakes are a hot, hearty meal that's both comforting and familiar and yet curiously exotic no matter where you go. And they're always affordable! I asked my travelling friends to share their favourite pancake spots around the world and they didn't disappoint. Stay tuned for an amazing recipe at the end - and Happy Pancake Day!
This pancake buffet on a boat offers a range of toppings from savoury to sweet, but you’ll find it hard to try them all since the pancakes are so filling. Tip: cut the pancakes in half and try different toppings on each half.
If you are a big pancake eater then at less then 19 euros for a cruise and as much as you can eat, I find this restaurant boat fabulous value!
Note from Vanessa: Oh, I could get my 19 euros worth! Challenge accepted!
Erin blogs at Travels With Bender
Hof Van Holland Cafe, Edam, Holland.
When planning our spring break trip to Amsterdam, the one thing that everyone kept telling me was that I had to eat Dutch pannenkoek (pancakes). I finally got the chance on a private countryside tour when our guide took us for a traditional Dutch lunch at the charming Hof Van Holland Cafe in Edam.
We thoroughly enjoyed dining with a canal view and my apple and cinnamon sugar pancake was scrumptious. The pancake cost about 7 Euros which might be a bit expensive for lunch but it was as large as my plate and easily could have been shared by two people.
Lisa blogs at Gone with the Family.
The Nook Creperie, Pembroke, Ontario.
At $14.99, it was totally worth the splurge because the Chef happily made it gluten free and dairy free specifically for me.
This sweet crepe, called the Fandango ($9.99) is filled with both dark and milk Lindt chocolate and crunchy pecans. Drizzled with caramel, chocolate sauce and served ą la mode it's a pretty decadent dessert to end a meal.
Great value as they are perfectly sized for sharing for 2 and freshly made to order.
Note from Vanessa: This is just a few hours from my house! Time for a roadtrip.
Mary blogs at the Calculated Traveller
Marriner's Restaurant, Camden, Maine.
Filling ourselves with local blueberry everything, we feasted on fluffy buttermilk pancakes packed full of sweet, juicy Maine blueberries. The food was served at diner speed (fast) and the service was no nonsense friendly. Almost five years later, the pancakes are still unforgettable.
Value? For $4.99, you can't beat this breakfast!
Note from Vanessa: I LOVE Maine's food scene! Proof that local food and local connections don't have to come at an out-of-the-world price point.
Christina blogs at My View from the Middle Seat
The markets and food vendors of Yangon, Myanmar.
Note from Vanessa: This is exactly why I want to go back to Yangon. We never got a chance to really explore the city's food scene and its clear we missed out!
Allie just moved to Yangon, Myanmar for 12 months. When she gets over her writer’s block, you can follow her adventures at www.wheresalex.com
Frank's Bar and Grill, Edmunston, New Brunswick.
Locals eat it with sweet or savoury toppings and many restaurants in the Edmundston region serve it up as they would bread or have it on the breakfast menu. Others eat it with cretons for a heftier snack. After a few, I was hooked, especially covered in brown sugar!
Note from Vanessa: How have I never heard of this? We drive through Edmunston every time we go to eastern Canada. This sounds absolutely delicious and such a hearty breakfast.
Jennifer blogs at Moi, mes souliers
Quebec City, Canada
While in Quebec City I was thrilled to go on a food walk. What I didn't expect to visit was a traditional Breton crepe house. Our reason for visiting was not specifically for the pancakes, but for the local apple cider that traditionally accompanies Breton pancakes in Brittany.
I'm not one to order pancakes normally. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I usually find something I like the idea of better. But not after these beauties..... traditional Breton crepes, made with buckwheat, and gossamer thin - almost like lace. They were nutty, caramelised and just so tasty.
I didn't know I would need to travel all the way to Quebec City for my first traditional Breton crepe, but now I know how good they are, I'll definitely be finding them again!
Note from Vanessa: Clearly French Canadians are mastering the art of buckwheat based treats!
Jo blogs at Frugal First Class Travel
Holybelly, Paris (we think!)
Note from Vanessa: Holybelly's breakfast menu looks amazing and this looks like the perfect fit between North American style breakfast and Parisian fare. Just show up early for pancakes! They serve them with Bourbon butter!
Sue, who blogs at Phila Travel Girl, really knows her pancakes. She also recommends the buttermilk pancakes (topped with bananas and nuts) at XIX Cafe in the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philly.
XIX Cafe, Philadelphia
But wait! Sue has more!
Storehouse Kitchen, La Jolla, California
Note from Vanessa: They offer a tall stack of cornmeal pancakes with lemon and blueberry for just $10!
Vanessa's Favourite: Pancakes On The Rocks, Sydney, Australia
Pancakes On The Rocks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - fantastic if you're up late at night with jet lag or getting up really early to catch a flight. They're also really affordable. Most breakfast combos (pancakes, eggs, sides) ring in at under $15, as do savory stuffed crepes and the fancy pancake platters. I had the Cocoa Berry and it was fantastic! If you're on a budget, you can get two classic pancakes for $7.95 or four for $9.95. Trust me, these are sensational prices for downtown Sydney.
A Few Honorable Mentions From Hawaii.
I remember these pancakes as being extremely reasonably priced, especially since they could feed an army and came coated with fruit and nuts, but when I went to look up the menu at the in- house Mac 24-7 Cafe today I was surprised that they cost $24. Yikes! And if more than 2 people share, there's a $2.50 surcharge per person. I'm guessing this is due in small part to the passing of time and in large part to being featured on the TV show Man Vs Food. So in all honesty, I'm not that sure they're such a great deal but they still stand out as some of the absolute best pancakes we've ever had.
If you hop over to the Big Island, you'll find a budget friendly alternative at Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea. Two giant pancakes cost about $7 and, while the serving is half the size of those at Mac 24-7 and they don't come with fruit, they're still a great deal and you can enjoy them with traditional coconut syrup. Ryan also loved the Kalua pork hash and you can see pics of our meals above.
We found some wonderful chestnut flour on one of our trips to Italy and decided to make pancakes in our rental apartment. You can recreate these with a flour of your choice and ricotta, mascarpone or cream cheese if you don't have access to authentic formaggio fresco.
Nat blogs at A Cook Not Mad.
Chesnut Pancake with Honey Spiked Formaggio Fresco
- 1 cup chestnut flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp butter
- pinch salt
- Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and let rest in the fridge for a least 1/2 hour. In an 8" lightly greased non stick frying pan over medium heat add 1/4 cup batter and swirl to cover pan, cook for 3 minutes until lightly brown, flip and cook for 2 minutes on other side. Reserve on warm plate.
- 2 cups formaggio fresco, ricotta or cream cheese
- 1/3 cup chestnut honey
- 2 Tbsp chestnut liqueur or amaretto
- Mix all ingredients together until smooth, let rest in fridge.
- 2 fresh, ripe peaches, stoned and cut into wedges(skin on)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 Tbsp chestnut honey
- 2 Tbsp chestnut liqueur or amaretto
- In a non stick frying pan, over medium heat, melt the butter until it stops foaming
- Add the peaches and sauté until golden brown on both sides.
- Remove the peaches to a warm plate.
- Off the heat, add the liqueur to the remaining butter and peach juice and deglaze the pan. Return to the medium heat add the honey and reduce to a syrup.
- To assemble: Place 1/4 cup of cheese filling in each crepe and roll, place a few peaches on the plate. Drizzle sauce over top.
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