Whether you prefer them with blueberries, maple syrup, butter, bacon or even of the red velvet variety, we can all celebrate the legacy and deliciousness of this breakfast favorite during the National Pancake Week (Feb. 10-16). These restaurants, all famous for their flapjacks, will be happy to serve up these delicious treats.
901 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
www.dailyeatstampa.comAt Daily Eats, the patron can customize delicious whole wheat buttermilk pancakes with a choice of toppings. The restaurant offers chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, caramel, pecans, granola, coconut, Cap’n Crunch, Oreos, peanut butter chips and bananas, each available for an additional 75 cents. For the adventurous one at the table, Daily Eats also offers “The Dougie,” a staff favorite that consists of chopped pancakes, egg whites and turkey sausage, all mixed together. Add to these the famous French toast, the breakfast bowls and a multitude of other brunch and lunch options, and you get a fun family-style diner experience for everyone. All plates come with a choice of grits, home fries, fruit or oatmeal.
6805 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33634
www.facebook.com/Nickis-Omelette-GrillNicki’s offers a unique take on the classic pancake – sweet potato pancakes! They come golden brown, moist and very flavorful, with a dash of cinnamon on top. For those who favor savory breakfasts, Nicki’s dishes up pancake sandwiches served with sausage, eggs and bacon, along with Belgian waffles and waffle sandwiches. Other favorites include the famous omelets with avocado and bacon, the classic of childhood pigs in a blanket and French toast made from homemade bread. The latter consistently ranks among the best in the city. Affordable prices ensure Nicki’s delights remain within a budget accessible for everyone.
3203 Bay to Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
www.pinkysdiner.comDespite a sometimes long wait and crowded atmosphere, the breakfast at Pinky’s Diner is worth the patience – especially if for the famous pancakes. A concoction of pure genius, the oatmeal variety comes in a stack of four, with fresh fruit, powdered sugar and butter on the side. The more traditional buttermilk pancakes come loaded with the same sides, and one can opt for fresh strawberries or chocolate chips for an indulgent twist. Don’t miss the famous pancake sandwich, with two over-medium eggs, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheese placed between two buttermilk pancake buns.
2616 S. Macdill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
www.datztampa.comDatz reinvents the classic pancake with its innovative red velvet variety, which has rapidly become one of the most famous in the Tampa Bay area. Called the red velvet tower, this cake-in-pan version comes in a stack of four bright red layers, topped with cream cheese icing and candied nuts. For those who prefer the classic variety, Datz also offers buttermilk pancakes in sets of three. Both plates come accompanied with a selection of breakfast meat which includes bacon, sausage, turkey bacon, pulled pork and brisket. Also watch out for seasonal specials on the brunch menu, such as the lemongrass crêpes and pumpkin palooza pancakes.
520 Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602
www.firstwatch.comWhile we usually attempt to favor local vendors and mom-and-pop businesses rather than the chain businesses that tend to serve unhealthy and bland food, First Watch shows it’s possible to combine the best of both worlds. This is because the company is based in Sarasota, just an hour South of the Bay Area, and its menu focuses on fresh, light and healthy fare. The giant multigrain pancakes come with choice of a variety of specialty mix-ins, including blueberries, cranberries, wheat germ, muesli, chocolate chips, pecans, carrot cake, banana and granola and bacon with cheddar. Don’t forget to try First Watch’s other specialty, the “Crepeggs” that come from an ideal pairing of crêpes and eggs. One can choose between turkey and avocado for the Key West version or chives and spinach for the turkey chive.