Pancake lover? 7 breakfast spots with must-try pancakes

Pancake lover? 7 breakfast spots with must-try pancakes
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Sometimes you just need a big, fluffy stack of pancakes.

After weeks of pancake research, here are the best spots for pancakes in Charlotte (in no particular order).

Zada Jane’s

Best at staying simple

Plaza Midwood diner staple with a knack for breakfast.

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood, 1601 Central Ave

Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Top pancake option:

  • Pinckney Street Pancakes (3 buttermilk pancakes with choice of side)

Original Pancake House

Best variety

Family-oriented breakfast restaurant that also plays host to important breakfast meetings. You can almost always expect a wait.

Neighborhood: Midtown (915 Charlottetowne Avenue), SouthPark (4736 Sharon Road)

Top pancake options:

  • Apple pancake (house specialty, oven-baked with Granny Smith apples and Sinkiang cinnamon glaze)
  • Blueberry pancakes (buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, topped with powdered sugar and blueberry compote)
  • 49’er Flap Jacks (plate-sized pancakes topped with whipped butter and hot syrup)


Famous Toastery

Best go-to pancake spot

Dilworth staple often referred to as Toast despite its recent rebrand. Serving breakfast, lunch and brunch.

Neighborhood: Dilworth (2400 Park Road), Uptown (330 South Tryon), University (8933 JM Keynes Drive)

Top pancake options:

  • Classic flapjacks
  • Apple cinnamon flapjacks
  • Raspberry walnut flapjacks

Flying Biscuit

Best ‘Easy like Sunday morning’ feel

Beloved Park Road Shopping Center restaurant serving breakfast all day long.

Neighborhood: Park Road Shopping Center (4241 Park Road), Rea Road (7930 Rea Road)

Top pancake options:

  • Organic oatmeal pancakes with peaches (three pancakes topped with warm peach compote)
  • Buttermilk pancakes (1-3 pancakes)


Midnight Diner

Best diner pancakes

Charlotte’s go-to greasy spoon diner open 24/7. If you know, you know.

Neighborhood: South End (115 East Carson Boulevard)

Open: 24/7

Top pancake options:

  • Short or tall stack (strawberry or blueberry compote available)
  • Hot Cake Special (three buttermilk pancakes, breakfast meat and two eggs)

Eddie’s Place

Best neighborhood hangout pancakes

Cozy Cotswold hangout with breakfast all day.

Neighborhood: Cotswold (617 South Sharon Amity Road)

Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Top pancake options:

  • Big Fluffy Pancakes (served in short or tall stacks with fruit, chocolate chips, nuts available for add-on)


Best pizza-sized brunch pancakes

Tex-Mex in a trendy South End setting.

Neighborhood: South End (101 W. Worthington Avenue)

Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Top pancake options:

  • Hot cakes (available in double or triple stack, served with whipped butter and buttermilk syrup)


One to watch: Snooze: an A.M. Eatery

This popular Denver-based breakfast, lunch and brunch spot is coming to Plaza Midwood in early 2019. It’ll be located in the same building as the new Yafo Plaza Midwood at 1331 Central Ave.

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