They go by a lot of names—hot cakes, flapjacks, griddle cakes—but the best pancakes in America have one thing in common: light, fluffy centers that, when done right, can only be described as cloud-like. And damn delicious, of course. From options flecked with chocolate chips to the classic buttermilk variety (and even some health-conscious versions), these takes on the breakfast staple are worthy of a syrup-fueled road trip. If you’re a lover of all things flat and fluffy, hit up these cafés, coffee shops, breakfast restaurants and diners for the best pancakes in America. Follow Time Out USA on Facebook; sign up for the Time Out USA newsletter
The 15 best pancakes in America
Love your breakfast flat and fluffy? Try the best pancakes in America, from buttermilk pancakes to blueberry and beyond.
Best pancakes in America
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3. Clara cakes from Half and Half, St. Louis, MO
8. Guava chiffon pancakes at Cinnamon’s, Oahu, HI
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