10 Places in Metro Phoenix to Get Great Pancakes

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Bacon-blueberry pancakes at Heart and Soul Cafe
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.

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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.

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Raspberry Granola pancakes at Heart and Soul Cafe
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.

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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.

Location Info

Heart and Soul Cafe

4705 E. Carefree Highway # 117, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Original Pancake House

6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Butterfield's Pancake House & Restaurant

7388 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Breakfast Club and Barrista Bar

4400 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Daily Dose

1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Orange Table - CLOSED

7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
AZnikkib
AZnikkib

Hey Simone and James, thanks for the heads up. Will have to try pancakes at those two places. And Penny, both Daily Dose and The Breakfast Club have Phoenix locations. So there are three places out of 10 that are strictly Scottsdale.

Karen Stone
Karen Stone

Sure wish you'd the addresses of each on these kind of posts. The map lumps them all together.

Simone Yavar
Simone Yavar

You guys missed Welcome Diner. The pancakes they have for Sunday brunch are the best!

Kristine Ruzylo
Kristine Ruzylo

I LOVE a good pancake. Thanks for the recommendations. I'll be eating at one next weekend...

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