10 Places in Metro Phoenix to Get Great Pancakes
Despite our mother's best advice about breakfast, most of us give the all-important first meal of the day short shrift during the work week. We gulp down sugary cereal, grab a granola bar (which probably shouldn't be considered food, much less breakfast), or just settle for a few thousand cups of coffee.
Buchanan Bacon-blueberry pancakes at Heart and Soul Cafe
Pancakes, on the other hand, say breakfast with a capital "B." They're traditional, they're substantial and they're impossible to eat on the run. You have to sit down and commit to a stack of pancakes, which is something your mama would surely approve of because "commitment" always sounds good and, frankly, you're looking a little thin. Here are 10 places to find great pancakes -- some of them plain, some of them fancy, all of them delicious.
Heart and Soul Cafe
Buchanan Raspberry Granola pancakes at Heart and Soul Cafe
This cute little cafe with a '57 Chevy in the middle of the room (and a dining table in the middle of the Chevy) offers plain pancakes in a classic breakfast combo plus a handful of fancy pancake options to make your breakfast seem anything but everyday. Bacon Blue Pancakes are just blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon added to the batter, but they're so much better than that sounds, contrasting the plump sweetness of blueberries against the salty crunch of bacon ($9.99). Served with eggs (good for mopping up yolk with the pancakes, if you swing that way), they're straightforward but surprisingly delicious. Just as good (and maybe better, depends on the day) are the Granola Raspberry pancakes, filled with tart-sweet raspberries and topped with a bit of granola for crunch. Served with a side of bacon, it's another genius combo you shouldn't miss ($9.99). Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; all day on Sundays.
Buchanan Griddlecakes at Matt's Big Breakfast
Matt's Big Breakfast
Matt and Erenia Pool call their pancakes "griddlecakes," but it's easy to love these fluffy, golden-brown cakes by any name. Made from scratch and mixed by hand, using cage-free eggs, these faintly sweet fat boys are topped with good butter and Vermont grade A maple syrup -- a plate-load of goodness for $7.95. And, of course, breakfast is served all day.
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