one prefers George Webb’s classically simple buttermilk wheatcakes or
going all the way with International House of Pancakes’ Rooty Tooty
Fresh ‘n Fruity (done up with two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork
sausage links and two buttermilk pancakes knighted with strawberry
topping, warm blueberry or cinnamon apple compote and whipped dairy),
area breakfast lovers have a range of choices featuring this traditional
morning delight. Try these following locales for twists on a dish.
317 N. 76th St.
presents two of the best varieties of pancakes this side of heaven. The
restaurant’s blueberry pancakes are presented with lemon crème
anglaise, whipped butter and syrup, and its nutty mixed grain pancakes
come with bananas, candy walnuts and the requisite maple syrup. All this
for only $7.95. Definitely hearty, these buttermilk pancakes are offered
as a single cake side dish ($2.95) or a three-pancake "basic"
plate at $6.25. The cakes are about 8 inches across and a 1/2-inch
333 W. Brown Deer Road, Fox Point
2727 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
stampede to Maxfield’s when the doors open at 6 a.m., while late
sleepers have until 4 p.m. to get their share of German or baked apple
pancakes. A Breakfast Club No. 1 special ($7.89) includes two cakes,
plus two eggs, orange juice, two strips of bacon and two sausage links.
The restaurant offers at least 21 marvelous varieties, from raisin
walnut to Oreo cookie pancakes. The "addictive delight
pancakes," made with chocolate chips and peanut butter, are popular
with the munchkin set and their elders who just want to whoop it up.
Maple, strawberry, boysenberry and blueberry syrups are optional
1900 W. Clybourn St.
Just like its
back-to-the-old-days surroundings, this iconic diner’s made-to-order
secret house batter pancakes are plain and simple, all dished out by
"Miss Irene" Cawthon, the cook here for 26 years. Warning: You
can’t stop with just one. The basic order is three, but some hungry
regulars reportedly have loaded up with 18 or more of the regular
buttermilk or blueberry wonders. The restaurant is two blocks west of
the Marquette campus and near downtown Milwaukee. It’s home-away-from
home for judges, lawyers, students, construction workers, cops, business
folks and visiting First Ladies Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle
Obama, all of whom appreciate flavorful cooking. Founding grandma
Katherine Picciurro (Miss Katie) would be pleased.
890 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove
Widely known by
West Side as one of the area’s "Best Places for Breakfast,"
owner Nora Barton and executive chef Christine Moshinski have turned
their space in the Village Court shopping plaza into an eater’s
dreamland. Breakfast is served all day, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a
signature hungry man’s four-egg omelet, plus other breakfast usuals.
But a lot of real guys and dolls now also go for Nora B’s fruit-filled
pancakes. Blueberry, banana and strawberry options are standouts. Yet
for decadence as morning breaks, try the chocolate chip pancakes or even
flip over the buttermilk. Ask for the day’s special, which could be
pecan or any other style. Options include potato pancakes, plattered
with two eggs and served with sour cream or applesauce. These are cheap
eats at $5 for a full stack of four buttermilk pancakes, $5.50 for fruit
pancakes or a mere $3.50 short (two pancakes).
2625 N. Downer Ave.
16460 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield
brags that here’s where you can get "pancakes as you like
them!" Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, founders of the Original
Pancake House in Portland, Ore., collected recipes from around the
world. Their choices now range from a pi-a colada variety with crushed
pineapple and coconut, dusted with powdered sugar to Georgia pancakes
packed with toasted pecans. For a change of pace, try an oven baked
apple pancake with fresh Granny Smith apples and Sinkiang cinnamon
glaze. Off-the-wall styles include buttermilk pancakes filled with real
bits of bacon and served with whipped butter and hot syrup; as well as
fancy Swedish cakes made with lingonberries. The OPH’s 49’er
sourdough flapjacks are worth an amble to the Yukon.
500 W. Florida St.
through Friday from 6:30 to 10 a.m. in the Library of The Iron Horse
Hotel, guests and out-of-towners can order buttermilk pancakes topped
with berries ($9) or banana nut pancakes with pecans and vanilla butter
($10). Sprawling out, breakfasters can read the paper, chat, daydream or
open up their laptops being careful not to spill the syrup. Bloody Mary’s
and Mimosas make dawn more bearable. Both of the Library’s cake styles
are house-made and open-road yummy. On Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast
moves into Smyth from 7 to 10 a.m. Chef Jason Gorman’s signature Red
Velvet Pancakes currently only appear on the hotel’s Route 66 Sunday
brunch on holidays and special occasions. Yet they will be added to the
full Route 66 menu this fall. This buffet menu is served on Sundays from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where there’s also period music and special staff