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Cindy's pancake platter
Cindy's pancake platter
Neil Burger

10 Decadent Pancakes That Make Chicago Breakfast A Treat

Chicago's best batch of batters awaits.

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Cindy's pancake platter
| Neil Burger

Pancakes, perhaps the ultimate breakfast indulgence, give you an excuse to eat cake in the morning. Whether griddled, fried or baked to perfection, smothered in syrup, butter or infused with a filling, there are plenty of contenders for the best batters in town. Here's a list of 10 of the best pancakes in Chicago, so go ahead and indulge.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cindy's — Pancake Platter

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3502
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What could be better than a plate of pancakes? A platter. On Saturday and Sundays from 10am – 3pm, make your way to Cindy’s, the rooftop restaurant atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, for an unparalleled pancake experience. For a whopping $25, go batter crazy with this bountiful stack of buttermilks, complete with Michigan blueberries, blis barrel-aged maple syrup and panoramic views of the Mag Mile and Chicago Lakefront. Built for sharing, this pancake platter can accommodate 3-4 guests… or one exceedingly hungry pancake enthusiast.
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2. bellyQ — Kimchi Bacon Pancake

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1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010
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Sticking to the BellyQ motto, this kimchi bacon pancake is nothing less than “tradition amplified." Swapping butter and maple syrup for pickled red onion and arugula, Bill Kim adds an Asian twist to the All-American bacon pancake. The result? One flavor packed savory standout. Available for brunch only, Sunday 11-3 p.m.; $9.

3. Mindy's Hot Chocolate — Baked Pancake Special

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1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1747
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Leave it to Chicago's sweets queen Mindy Siegel to create what may be the king of all pancakes. Warm and spongy on the inside, crisp and delicate on the out, this mega-sized, oven-baked masterpiece is the way a pancake should be: ridiculously large, decadent and delicious. Though the flavor and filling may change on a biweekly basis, the “pan-baked-cake” concept remains the same. Check it out for yourself Saturday and Sunday mornings for brunch, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.; $12.

4. Little Goat — Dark Chocolate Chip Crunch Pancakes

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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Want to know the best part about the pancakes at Little Goat? You can get ‘em all day long. No maple syrup required for this stack of densely dressed, butter smothered flapjacks. Perfect for those looking to start their day on a sweet note, or end their night with a bang, these over-the-top dark chocolate chip crunch cakes with warm chocolate malt butter are available daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and ‘til midnight on the weekends. $12.

5. Kingsbury Street Cafe — Lemon Pancakes

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1523 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 280-1718
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Despite their attempt to dazzle you with healthy day-starters such as the apple breakfast quinoa and banana chia seed pudding, no trip to Kingsuby Street Café is compete without an order of the lemon pancakes. A handful of fresh blueberries and generous dollop of crème anglaise and lemon sauce sit atop two delightfully golden, citrus-infused griddlecakes. Bypass the long wait and feisty brunch crowd for weekday breakfast from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., or if you must, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; $12.

6. M. Henry — Blackberry Bliss Cakes

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5707 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-1600
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The weekday-only blackberry bliss cakes at M. Henry are a perfect combination of tangy and sweet: two medium sized fluffy hotcakes are separated by layers of warm blackberries and vanilla mascarpone then topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar and oat crust. Can’t make it during the week? No worries – the weekend-only early rhubarb and raspberry flapjacks and heavenly four berry hotcakes pack a similar punch for brunch, available Saturday and Sundays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $9.95.

7. Walker Bros Original Pancake House — Apple Cinnamon Pancake

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153 Green Bay Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-6000
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No pancake map would be complete without mention of the Walker Bros. original oven-baked apple cinnamon pancake. Sweet, decadent, and as big as the moon, this baby will cure your pancake craving for weeks. Best to be shared with the entire table… and maybe even the table next to you. Pro Tip: frozen apple pancakes can be purchased in-store or shipped upon request.

8. Jam — Carnival Cakes

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3057 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 292-6011
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Talk about a next level pancake concoction. At Jam Restaurant, coffee-infused batter is griddled into two mid-sized cakes, topped with thick and creamy house-made banana cream, sprinkled with candied mango and finished with a garnish of crisp plantain. Unlike anything your momma might make, Jam’s carnival cakes provide an off-the-wall pancake experience that completely works. Available daily from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $10.

9. Tre Kronor — Pannekaker Pancakes

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3258 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 267-9888
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Light and lacey are the “Pannekaker” pancakes at the Albany Park Swedish bistro, Tre Kronor. Dusted with powdered sugar and served with traditional lingon jam, these air-thin crepe-like cakes are a simple, sweet and satisfying alternative to the all-American buttermilks. Available daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; $5.25.

10. Bongo Room — White Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel Pancakes

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1470 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0710
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A sugar lover’s utopia, Bongo Room has become notorious for its “undercover pancakes” – hidden to the human eye beneath heaps and heaps of sugary glaze. In addition to their rotating variety of seasonal sweets available weekdays for breakfast, 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Bongo Room also offers a variety of sugar-saturated specials such as white chocolate and caramel pretzel pancakes and red velvet hotcakes with vanilla crème and toasted walnuts, each $10.95.

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1. Cindy's — Pancake Platter

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Neil Burger
What could be better than a plate of pancakes? A platter. On Saturday and Sundays from 10am – 3pm, make your way to Cindy’s, the rooftop restaurant atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, for an unparalleled pancake experience. For a whopping $25, go batter crazy with this bountiful stack of buttermilks, complete with Michigan blueberries, blis barrel-aged maple syrup and panoramic views of the Mag Mile and Chicago Lakefront. Built for sharing, this pancake platter can accommodate 3-4 guests… or one exceedingly hungry pancake enthusiast.
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

2. bellyQ — Kimchi Bacon Pancake

1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Sticking to the BellyQ motto, this kimchi bacon pancake is nothing less than “tradition amplified." Swapping butter and maple syrup for pickled red onion and arugula, Bill Kim adds an Asian twist to the All-American bacon pancake. The result? One flavor packed savory standout. Available for brunch only, Sunday 11-3 p.m.; $9.
1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Mindy's Hot Chocolate — Baked Pancake Special

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Leave it to Chicago's sweets queen Mindy Siegel to create what may be the king of all pancakes. Warm and spongy on the inside, crisp and delicate on the out, this mega-sized, oven-baked masterpiece is the way a pancake should be: ridiculously large, decadent and delicious. Though the flavor and filling may change on a biweekly basis, the “pan-baked-cake” concept remains the same. Check it out for yourself Saturday and Sunday mornings for brunch, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.; $12.
1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Little Goat — Dark Chocolate Chip Crunch Pancakes

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Want to know the best part about the pancakes at Little Goat? You can get ‘em all day long. No maple syrup required for this stack of densely dressed, butter smothered flapjacks. Perfect for those looking to start their day on a sweet note, or end their night with a bang, these over-the-top dark chocolate chip crunch cakes with warm chocolate malt butter are available daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and ‘til midnight on the weekends. $12.
820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Kingsbury Street Cafe — Lemon Pancakes

1523 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
Despite their attempt to dazzle you with healthy day-starters such as the apple breakfast quinoa and banana chia seed pudding, no trip to Kingsuby Street Café is compete without an order of the lemon pancakes. A handful of fresh blueberries and generous dollop of crème anglaise and lemon sauce sit atop two delightfully golden, citrus-infused griddlecakes. Bypass the long wait and feisty brunch crowd for weekday breakfast from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., or if you must, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; $12.
1523 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

6. M. Henry — Blackberry Bliss Cakes

5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
The weekday-only blackberry bliss cakes at M. Henry are a perfect combination of tangy and sweet: two medium sized fluffy hotcakes are separated by layers of warm blackberries and vanilla mascarpone then topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar and oat crust. Can’t make it during the week? No worries – the weekend-only early rhubarb and raspberry flapjacks and heavenly four berry hotcakes pack a similar punch for brunch, available Saturday and Sundays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $9.95.
5707 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660

7. Walker Bros Original Pancake House — Apple Cinnamon Pancake

153 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091
No pancake map would be complete without mention of the Walker Bros. original oven-baked apple cinnamon pancake. Sweet, decadent, and as big as the moon, this baby will cure your pancake craving for weeks. Best to be shared with the entire table… and maybe even the table next to you. Pro Tip: frozen apple pancakes can be purchased in-store or shipped upon request.
153 Green Bay Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091

8. Jam — Carnival Cakes

3057 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Talk about a next level pancake concoction. At Jam Restaurant, coffee-infused batter is griddled into two mid-sized cakes, topped with thick and creamy house-made banana cream, sprinkled with candied mango and finished with a garnish of crisp plantain. Unlike anything your momma might make, Jam’s carnival cakes provide an off-the-wall pancake experience that completely works. Available daily from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $10.
3057 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Tre Kronor — Pannekaker Pancakes

3258 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Light and lacey are the “Pannekaker” pancakes at the Albany Park Swedish bistro, Tre Kronor. Dusted with powdered sugar and served with traditional lingon jam, these air-thin crepe-like cakes are a simple, sweet and satisfying alternative to the all-American buttermilks. Available daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; $5.25.
3258 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

10. Bongo Room — White Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel Pancakes

1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A sugar lover’s utopia, Bongo Room has become notorious for its “undercover pancakes” – hidden to the human eye beneath heaps and heaps of sugary glaze. In addition to their rotating variety of seasonal sweets available weekdays for breakfast, 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Bongo Room also offers a variety of sugar-saturated specials such as white chocolate and caramel pretzel pancakes and red velvet hotcakes with vanilla crème and toasted walnuts, each $10.95.
1470 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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