We're not knocking blueberry-spiked, syrup-drizzled buttermilk pancakes, but lately when our cravings lean more savory than sweet, we're digging into these flavor-packed flapjack spins. Spiked with everything from smoked chicken to Sriracha to potatoes and ham, these pancakes are posing serious competition to omelettes, sandwiches and just about any brunch item we can think of.
Sourdough at State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
The oh-so-fluffy sourdough pancakes at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco get a deliciously briny kick from sauerkraut, and a rich, cheesy dimension from two kinds of cheese: sharp pecorino and creamy, mellow ricotta. Photo courtesy of State Bird/Facebook.
Cachapa at Andes Cafe, Houston
Dig into this traditional Venezuelan-Colombian specialty at the casual Houston spot, which serves its sweet-corn arepa pancakes folded up and stuffed full of queso de mano (white cheese). Up the breakfast ante and ask for braised shredded beef on top. Photo courtesy of Andes Cafe.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Shopsin’s, New York City
The list of breakfast eats at this legendary New York City spot includes more than 75 types of pancakes, from obvious ones like fruit-spiked versions to mac 'n’ cheese pancakes served with toppings like meaty ribeye cheesesteak. Photo courtesy of Shopsin’s/Facebook.
Bird in a Blanket at Party Fowl, Nashville
Three ultra-thin but fluffy rounds get a generous filling of smoked chicken and rich cream sauce, and a side of Lyonnaise potatoes. No wonder they're such a popular item on the morning menu at this Nashville joint, where specialites center around the juicy bird and an assortment of Southern fried bites. Photo courtesy of Party Fowl.
Tamago Yoko at Snack Bar, Austin
These pancakes add cabbage, leeks, wild Gulf shrimp, and ethically sourced bacon to the classic flour-and-egg mixture, but it's the toppings that take these over the top: two fried farm eggs, wasabi aioli, Sriracha, nori flakes and bonito flakes give these the spicy, salty, savory flavor that keeps the place packed with regulars and celeb guests like Jack White and Robert Plant. Photo by Cory Ryan.
Benton's Ham and Corn Griddle Cakes at Ox & Son, Santa Monica
The Santa Monica gem changes up the typical brunch offerings with a stack of corn griddle cakes topped with sliced Benton's ham, pickled onions and maple butter. And yes, you can put an egg on it too, free-range of course.Photo courtesy of Ox & Son.
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