It started out on a hopeful note. I felt like pancakes, didn't have much time, and so, the hubs suggested this place he'd driven by a bunch of times, not far from where we live. Strike one was the coffee cup with lipstick on it (someone else's, not mine) and the pancakes? Rubbery and tasteless. Yeah, finding great pancakes isn't easy, but it's entirely possible - if you know where to go. So, here then are my non-scientific, completely subjective picks for three of the best ones around (aka, I think they're blog worthy).
1. Simone's in Warren
If pancakes make everyone happy, then the souffle ones at Simone's are guaranteed to turn any frown (hangover induced or not) upside down. Fresh, tasty, and light, the kind I'd aspire to make at home if cooking was my thing*. Well worth the drive from PVD and the surrounding 'burbs, for pancakes and just about anything else on their menu. Also, it always seems to be bustling when we go, yet we never wait an insane amount of time for seats, another not-so-small detail I appreciate tremendously.
*Watching cooking shows relaxes me, it's my version of meditation. Ommmmm hungry ;)
2. The Salted Slate on Wayland Square
The Salted Slate gets my vote for most underrated destination for brunch and pancakes (although I'm starting to have anxiety about NOT being able to get a table going forward because last time, it was jamming). To the pancake purist, lemon ricotta might sound like they're trying too hard, but that's so NOT the case - they are incredibly delicious. With no midday, after meal remorse whatsoever. The bad news? They're only available on Sunday. You can make a reservation in advance tho, which is def not the norm at most other places.
3. The Duck & Bunny on Wickenden
Not going to even try to sugar coat here - truth is, you'll probably have to wait at least a half hour on a Sat or Sun if you're in search of pancakes at The Duck & Bunny. But they are wait worthy. I've had their signature Snuggery Cakes, which you can get stuffed with things like blueberries (Had those last year for Natl. Pancake Day.), choc chips, peanut butter or bacon. Being a traditionalist at heart (Case in point, navy is my summer black and I own a dozen different style strands of pearls.), last weekend I got them plain with a side of maple syrup. Just as greattt!
Ciao for Now,
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