So by this point, even if you’ve kept those New Year’s diet resolutions, you deserve a little splurge. There is no better way to take a diet break than with yummy, sweet pancakes during National Pancake Week. You’ve got an excuse to indulge in a scrumptious brunch and we’ve selected five spots in Atlanta that always deliver the perfect pancake.
1397 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
www.rosebudatlanta.comRosebud is a local haunt so serious about brunch that it serves it on Monday nights in addition to the weekends. When Rosebud claims to have “The Ultimate Pancake,” you can believe it. Its specialty is a pancake stuffed with local sausage, smoked bacon, scrambled eggs and Vermont maple syrup. You also have the option of whole wheat pancakes with apple butter and syrup.
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1180 Peachtree St. N.E., Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.highlandbakery.comWhat could be more Southern than sweet potato pancakes with warm brown sugar syrup and toasted pecans? Not much! Highland Bakery is a great spot for sweet treats, and its pancake selection at brunch also includes ooey-gooey ricotta pancakes with a blueberry compote. If the Midtown location listed doesn’t work for you, also check out the bakery in Buckhead and the Old Fourth Ward. You may find yourself grabbing something to take home for later, too. Be sure to check out the coffee here – the bakery originated as a coffee cart, so the joe is more than an afterthought.
1001 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.flyingbiscuit.comOne healthier take on pancakes is The Flying Biscuit Cafe’s organic oatmeal pancakes. These cakes come covered in warm peach compote for that true Georgian touch, and of course they are served with maple syrup. No tour of Atlanta’s breakfast hotspots would be complete without a stop at The Flying Biscuit. With daily hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and locations in Midtown and Candler Park, there is plenty of time to chow down.
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www.jchristophers.comOne of Atlanta’s favorite brunch havens, J. Christopher’s has several pancake options to satisfy your craving. Its blueberry crunch-cakes have granola mixed in with the standard blueberry pancake batter, adding a satisfying texture to the treat. It also serves plain ole’ cakes for those with more traditional palates. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the chocolate chipcakes, served with a generous dollop of whipped cream. If you want a fancier twist, there are also crepes, strawberry waffles and other sweet specialties.
968 Memorial Drive S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
www.homegrownga.comRecently touted by famous chef Anthony Bourdain as one of Atlanta’s best finds, Home Grown delivers on the pancake front. Whether you go for the standard stack of three pancakes and one side or you opt for the “Billy Boy,” which features chocolate chip pancakes covered in whipped cream, you’re bound to leave full and happy. If you’re in from out of town, this is the place to go and mingle with real Atlantans. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s hearty, satisfying Southern fare.