Which Hotcakes Take the Cake?

Pancakes are rising to new heights—and they aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Chocolate rye batter, raspberry syrups, caramelized pineapples, toasted pistachios and lemon ricotta have taken over the basic short stack with maple syrup. But which one takes the cake? Tuck into these Texas treats!

Snooze

Sweet Dreams

One of the hottest breakfast/brunch/late night spots in Austin since it opened in 2016, Denver-based Snooze also opened a Houston shop, which is equally action-packed.

The signature Snooze Spuds Deluxe, a mountain of cheese-laced hash brown perfection topped with an egg and options like barbacoa, is the favorite. But we’re here for the pancakes. Expect inventive, dessert-like options including pineapple upside-down pancakes with caramelized pineapple chunks, vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter, or blueberry Danish pancakes with lemon cream cheese and almond streusel.

Quite honestly, the fluffy, moist plain buttermilk pancake with butter and real maple syrup is sublime. Can’t decide? Order a pancake flight of three flavors. Icing on the cake: The staff is happily energized (could it be the great coffee?), so even though there might be a wait, it’s worth it.

State of Grace

 

Chocolate, Baby

Don’t expect to find many traditional dishes for brunch at still hot River Oaks haunt, State of Grace. From the blue crab omelet with mustard greens to the octopus tostada and outrageously giant fried chicken and biscuits with eggs, there’s always a twist.

Case in point: The Dutch Baby pancake. Unlike traditional pancakes that are pan-flipped on the stove, the Dutch Baby, sometimes called a German pancake, is oven-baked in a heavy cast-iron skillet. The milk chocolate pancake—served in the skillet—puffs up when it is piping hot. When it starts to cool, it slightly deflates into a large but thin, crepe-like pancake.

The Dutch Baby is topped with whipped cream and served with fresh assorted berries, butter and maple syrup (order wood-grilled bacon on the side). The beauty of this pancake is that it isn’t too filling or sweet like some traditional stacks of pancakes.

Yolk

 

Go Bananas

At Yolk, there is no shortage of creativity and decadence when it comes to pancakes. Order the Nutty Monkey and you’ll get a whole fresh-sliced banana crowning your big stack, which is studded with toasted pecans and chocolate chips.

But that’s not all: Between each layer of pancake, you’ll find more sliced bananas and peanut butter. The whole masterpiece is topped with homemade chocolate sauce or maple syrup, if you prefer. Sounds like something Elvis would like, right? Speaking of Elvis, if you order the Bacon Waffle, the Belgian treats are loaded with bacon crumbles and served with two eggs any style.

Now with three locations in the Dallas area, Chicago-based Yolk has won numerous accolades and best breakfast awards including Best Place for eggs Benedict from Foursquare.com Dallas. That’s some serious breakfast cred.

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