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Hot chocolate pancakes at Lincoln Tavern. (They’ve been making regular appearances on the “Brunch Test Kitchen” menu on Fridays and might make the jump to menu permanence soon.)
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18 Irresistible Pancakes Around Boston

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Hot chocolate pancakes at Lincoln Tavern. (They’ve been making regular appearances on the “Brunch Test Kitchen” menu on Fridays and might make the jump to menu permanence soon.)
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When the morning calls for a stack of thick, fluffy pancakes — perhaps topped with candy or cereal or chocolate sauce — these 18 Boston-area restaurants deliver the goods. A few jiggly souffle pancakes and bowl-like Dutch babies are included here, but this map is no place for thin crepes. Bring on the carbs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ball Square Cafe

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708 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-2233
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Somerville’s Ball Square neighborhood is brunch central (see also: Sound Bites, listed below.) Open since 2007, Ball Square Cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day, every day (except on Christmas Day, the one time it’s closed all year). The pancake selection includes chocolate chip and banana; blueberry; strawberry; and more. Gluten-free and whole-wheat options are available, too.

Three large chocolate chip pancakes are spread against a white plate on a white background, topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and an orange slice
Chocolate chip pancakes at Ball Square Cafe
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2. Sound Bites

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704 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-8338
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Another Ball Square pancake option, Sound Bites, features pancakes made with a cornbread batter and topped with strawberries, pecan, and ricotta. There are also standard pancakes with chocolate chips, coconut, or several other options. Whole-wheat pancakes are available.

Closeup of pancakes topped with fresh blueberries
Blueberry pancakes at Sound Bites
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3. The Neighborhood Restaurant

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25 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-9710
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Somerville’s Neighborhood is brunch royalty, filling Union Square residents with gigantic meals since 1983. The restaurant is known, of all things, for its Cream of Wheat, which is available as one of the appetizer choices with virtually any breakfast option — which means that you can try that and also pancakes. And also pastries, eggs, and meat, because there are combos that include pretty much everything and will fill you up for days. (Be sure to get linguica.) Venture onto the handwritten specials menu for the most interesting pancake options, topped and/or filled with fruit, whipped cream, and more. Cash only.

A blue outdoor table is covered with large plates of breakfast food. Two pink plates in the foreground hold chocolate chip pancakes, hashbrowns, egg, and sausage.
The two pink plates in the foreground are all one meal — and not even the whole thing — at Neighborhood
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4. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
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Alden & Harlow’s pickled Verrill Farm corn pancakes, the perfect balance between savory and sweet, have been a staple since the restaurant opened back in 2014. The classic version appears on the dinner menu — buttermilk, maple, shishito, and popcorn garnish — while the brunch version has changed over time, with the current incarnation including roasted cherry syrup and vanilla and black pepper cream cheese.

A plate of small yellowish-brown pancakes, embellished with shishitos, popcorn, and urfa
Pickled corn pancakes at Alden & Harlow
Kristin Teig

5. In a Pickle Restaurant

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265 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 891-1212
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This Waltham breakfast-and-lunch joint is known for its extreme pancake stacks. The regular menu is packed with options, such as chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes (filled with cookie dough) and candy-filled varieties (Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more), but there are also rotating specials, such as the Bam Bam Fruity Pebbles Extreme Cakes (a triple stack of Fruity Pebbles pancakes stuffed with Fruity Pebbles sweet cream cheese and topped with cereal milk buttercream icing, Fruity Pebbles garnish, and powdered sugar).

Stack of three pancakes with a variety of toppings and fillings, including caramel sauce, a giant block of toasted marshmallow, and chocolate fish
Phish Food Extreme Pancakes have appeared as a special at In a Pickle
In a Pickle/Official Site

6. The Friendly Toast

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1 Kendall Square B3101
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 621-1200
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This Portsmouth-based mini chain now has half a dozen locations around New England, including this longstanding Kendall Square one and a newer one in Boston’s Back Bay. Pancakes are a key component of the breakfast menu. Options include pancakes with a cinnamon sugar swirl and cheesecake glaze; banana and chocolate chip pancakes with bacon (or turkey or veggie bacon), a peanut butter drizzle, and whipped cream; and more.

A stack of pancakes sit on a red plate on a red table, topped with bacon and whipped cream
Bacon-topped pancakes at the Friendly Toast
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7. Brookline Lunch

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9 Brookline St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-2983
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Located on Brookline Street in Cambridge’s Central Square, Brookline Lunch dates back to 1937, under the current ownership since 1989. “Lunch” may be in the name, but there’s breakfast available all day, including the baklava pancakes, which have developed a bit of a cult following since their debut on the menu a couple years back, originally meant to be a Mother’s Day special. Cash only.

A stack of pancakes topped with baklava and pistachio crumble
Baklava pancakes
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8. North Street Grille

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229 North St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-2010
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North End restaurant North Street Grille, around since 2004, confidently declares its brunch to be the best in town on its website and social media; it even secured the URL bestbrunchboston.com, probably a smart SEO move. Fortunately, it’s not all talk, and diners are enthusiastic as well. The pancake selection is daunting, with options including Boston cream (with Bavarian cream and chocolate ganache), cannoli (with crushed cannoli shells and ricotta cream), and more.

A stack of thin pancakes are covered with a thick, shiny, dripping layer of chocolate ganache
Boston cream pancakes at North Street Grille
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9. The Breakfast Club

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270 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-1212
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The Breakfast Club, a throwback ’80s diner, has an appropriately huge diner-style menu. Pancakes — as well as French toast and Belgian waffles — come with a choice of about 10 toppings, such as chunky monkey (bananas, chocolate chips, walnuts, and caramel sauce) and strawberry pecan. For an additional charge, diners can sub in gluten-free or whole-wheat pancakes.

A stack of pancakes sits on a white plate with a black and white checkered border on the edge of a marble table.
Pancakes at the Breakfast Club
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10. Lone Star Taco Bar

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479 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8226
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More often than not, your visits to Lone Star Taco Bar are probably late at night and filled with tacos. But there’s daily brunch, too, and it features some outstanding sweet and spicy jalapeno corn cakes with maple syrup. (Lone Star also has an East Cambridge location.)

Three browned pancakes sit on a plate, each with a pat of butter on top. A beer is visible in the background.
Jalapeno corn cakes at Lone Star Taco Bar
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11. Whole Heart Provisions

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487 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-5041
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Whole Heart Provisions — which has locations in Allston and Cambridge — serves Sunday brunch at the original Allston location, including pancakes that change seasonally. The restaurant’s menu is entirely vegan.

A stack of three pancakes in a paper container, topped with pumpkin seeds. A glass of orange juice is visible on the side.
Pancakes at Whole Heart Provisions
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12. Committee

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50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-5051
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At swanky Greek restaurant Committee, located in the Seaport District, brunch includes pancakes made with Greek yogurt and topped with sour cherry vyssino, honey, toasted almonds, and berries. It’s available in a full or half portion; the latter might come in handy if you also want to try, say, the spanakopita grilled cheese or baklava oatmeal.

Four golden brown pancakes are spread across a long plate, topped with almonds and berries
Greek yogurt pancakes at Committee
Committee [Official Photo]

13. Taiyaki NYC

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119 Seaport Blvd Suite B
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 531-3514
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This New York-based ice cream shop is full of Instagram bait, from its pastel swirls of soft serve in fish-shaped cones to its fluffy Japanese-inspired souffle pancakes. The pancakes are only available on the weekend menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there are two options: The classic pancake comes with maple syrup, butter, whipped cream, and powdered sugar, while the matcha pancake comes with whipped cream and matcha cream. Both are topped with a mini taiyaki.

Thick, fluffy pancakes and a pressed fish-shaped dough form plated with a green matcha sauce and white whipped cream
Matcha souffle pancakes from Taiyaki NYC
Taiyaki [Official Photo]

14. Double Chin

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86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-0682
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Double Chin takes “a la mode” to the next level by sticking a whole ice cream cone on top of its green tea pancakes, available during weekend brunch. Dubbed “Matcha Made in Heaven,” the pancakes are also topped with mochi, adzuki red bean, cereal, and black sesame butter.

A stack of green pancakes are topped with an upside down ice cream cone.
Matcha Made in Heaven at Double Chin
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15. Bootleg Special

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400 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 451-1800
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Taiyaki NYC (see above) caused a stir when it brought its souffle pancakes to town, but the South End’s Bootleg Special has been serving its own fluffy souffle-style pancakes for a couple years now. Available at weekend brunch, there are several options, including bananas Foster and chocolate hazelnut.

A stack of very thick souffle-style pancakes sit on a plate with a garnish of blueberries, strawberries, and powdered sugar
A tall stack of fluffy souffle pancakes at Bootleg Special
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16. Mike's City Diner

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1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 267-9393
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Sometimes you don’t want giant stacks of pancakes topped with cereal and candy and chocolate sauce; sometimes you just want a simple stack of buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup. Maybe a little fruit. South End institution Mike’s City Diner delivers on that front.

A stack of simple buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup
Pancakes at Mike’s City Diner
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17. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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South Boston brunch hot spot Lincoln Tavern serves brunch all week long, including a Friday service called “Brunch Test Kitchen” that features a rotating array of new dishes. While the menus differ slightly among weekday, weekend, and Friday brunch, there are always over-the-top pancakes available. The restaurant’s popular Fruity Pebbles pancakes, topped with cereal milk anglaise, are a mainstay, but keep an eye out for specials like s’mores pancakes, apple pancakes with cinnamon bourbon apples, and lots more.

A stack of pancakes topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal and a white sauce
Fruity Pebbles pancakes topped with cereal milk anglaise at Lincoln Tavern
Jessica Dao

18. Milkweed

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1508 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 516-8913
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This cozy Mission Hill spot from the Blarney Stone team is a popular brunch destination. The shakshuka may get top billing, but don’t miss the pancakes; there are several options, including Lucky Charms pancakes and a Dutch baby with lemon ricotta, blueberry compote, and strawberries.

A stack of pancakes topped with pieces of Lucky Charms cereal, butter, and powdered sugar
Lucky Charms pancakes at Milkweed
Milkweed/Facebook

1. Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Three large chocolate chip pancakes are spread against a white plate on a white background, topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and an orange slice
Chocolate chip pancakes at Ball Square Cafe
Ball Square Cafe/Official Site

Somerville’s Ball Square neighborhood is brunch central (see also: Sound Bites, listed below.) Open since 2007, Ball Square Cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day, every day (except on Christmas Day, the one time it’s closed all year). The pancake selection includes chocolate chip and banana; blueberry; strawberry; and more. Gluten-free and whole-wheat options are available, too.

708 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Sound Bites

704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Closeup of pancakes topped with fresh blueberries
Blueberry pancakes at Sound Bites
Sound Bites/Facebook

Another Ball Square pancake option, Sound Bites, features pancakes made with a cornbread batter and topped with strawberries, pecan, and ricotta. There are also standard pancakes with chocolate chips, coconut, or several other options. Whole-wheat pancakes are available.

704 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

3. The Neighborhood Restaurant

25 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143
A blue outdoor table is covered with large plates of breakfast food. Two pink plates in the foreground hold chocolate chip pancakes, hashbrowns, egg, and sausage.
The two pink plates in the foreground are all one meal — and not even the whole thing — at Neighborhood
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Somerville’s Neighborhood is brunch royalty, filling Union Square residents with gigantic meals since 1983. The restaurant is known, of all things, for its Cream of Wheat, which is available as one of the appetizer choices with virtually any breakfast option — which means that you can try that and also pancakes. And also pastries, eggs, and meat, because there are combos that include pretty much everything and will fill you up for days. (Be sure to get linguica.) Venture onto the handwritten specials menu for the most interesting pancake options, topped and/or filled with fruit, whipped cream, and more. Cash only.

25 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A plate of small yellowish-brown pancakes, embellished with shishitos, popcorn, and urfa
Pickled corn pancakes at Alden & Harlow
Kristin Teig

Alden & Harlow’s pickled Verrill Farm corn pancakes, the perfect balance between savory and sweet, have been a staple since the restaurant opened back in 2014. The classic version appears on the dinner menu — buttermilk, maple, shishito, and popcorn garnish — while the brunch version has changed over time, with the current incarnation including roasted cherry syrup and vanilla and black pepper cream cheese.

40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. In a Pickle Restaurant

265 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453
Stack of three pancakes with a variety of toppings and fillings, including caramel sauce, a giant block of toasted marshmallow, and chocolate fish
Phish Food Extreme Pancakes have appeared as a special at In a Pickle
In a Pickle/Official Site

This Waltham breakfast-and-lunch joint is known for its extreme pancake stacks. The regular menu is packed with options, such as chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes (filled with cookie dough) and candy-filled varieties (Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more), but there are also rotating specials, such as the Bam Bam Fruity Pebbles Extreme Cakes (a triple stack of Fruity Pebbles pancakes stuffed with Fruity Pebbles sweet cream cheese and topped with cereal milk buttercream icing, Fruity Pebbles garnish, and powdered sugar).

265 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453

6. The Friendly Toast

1 Kendall Square B3101, Cambridge, MA 02139
A stack of pancakes sit on a red plate on a red table, topped with bacon and whipped cream
Bacon-topped pancakes at the Friendly Toast
The Friendly Toast/Official Site

This Portsmouth-based mini chain now has half a dozen locations around New England, including this longstanding Kendall Square one and a newer one in Boston’s Back Bay. Pancakes are a key component of the breakfast menu. Options include pancakes with a cinnamon sugar swirl and cheesecake glaze; banana and chocolate chip pancakes with bacon (or turkey or veggie bacon), a peanut butter drizzle, and whipped cream; and more.

1 Kendall Square B3101
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Brookline Lunch

9 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A stack of pancakes topped with baklava and pistachio crumble
Baklava pancakes
Brookline Lunch/Instagram

Located on Brookline Street in Cambridge’s Central Square, Brookline Lunch dates back to 1937, under the current ownership since 1989. “Lunch” may be in the name, but there’s breakfast available all day, including the baklava pancakes, which have developed a bit of a cult following since their debut on the menu a couple years back, originally meant to be a Mother’s Day special. Cash only.

9 Brookline St
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. North Street Grille

229 North St, Boston, MA 02113
A stack of thin pancakes are covered with a thick, shiny, dripping layer of chocolate ganache
Boston cream pancakes at North Street Grille
North Street Grille/Instagram

North End restaurant North Street Grille, around since 2004, confidently declares its brunch to be the best in town on its website and social media; it even secured the URL bestbrunchboston.com, probably a smart SEO move. Fortunately, it’s not all talk, and diners are enthusiastic as well. The pancake selection is daunting, with options including Boston cream (with Bavarian cream and chocolate ganache), cannoli (with crushed cannoli shells and ricotta cream), and more.

229 North St
Boston, MA 02113

9. The Breakfast Club

270 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
A stack of pancakes sits on a white plate with a black and white checkered border on the edge of a marble table.
Pancakes at the Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club/Facebook

The Breakfast Club, a throwback ’80s diner, has an appropriately huge diner-style menu. Pancakes — as well as French toast and Belgian waffles — come with a choice of about 10 toppings, such as chunky monkey (bananas, chocolate chips, walnuts, and caramel sauce) and strawberry pecan. For an additional charge, diners can sub in gluten-free or whole-wheat pancakes.

270 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134

10. Lone Star Taco Bar

479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Three browned pancakes sit on a plate, each with a pat of butter on top. A beer is visible in the background.
Jalapeno corn cakes at Lone Star Taco Bar
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

More often than not, your visits to Lone Star Taco Bar are probably late at night and filled with tacos. But there’s daily brunch, too, and it features some outstanding sweet and spicy jalapeno corn cakes with maple syrup. (Lone Star also has an East Cambridge location.)

479 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

11. Whole Heart Provisions

487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
A stack of three pancakes in a paper container, topped with pumpkin seeds. A glass of orange juice is visible on the side.
Pancakes at Whole Heart Provisions
Katie Chudy/Eater

Whole Heart Provisions — which has locations in Allston and Cambridge — serves Sunday brunch at the original Allston location, including pancakes that change seasonally. The restaurant’s menu is entirely vegan.

487 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

12. Committee

50 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Four golden brown pancakes are spread across a long plate, topped with almonds and berries
Greek yogurt pancakes at Committee
Committee [Official Photo]

At swanky Greek restaurant Committee, located in the Seaport District, brunch includes pancakes made with Greek yogurt and topped with sour cherry vyssino, honey, toasted almonds, and berries. It’s available in a full or half portion; the latter might come in handy if you also want to try, say, the spanakopita grilled cheese or baklava oatmeal.

50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

13. Taiyaki NYC

119 Seaport Blvd Suite B, Boston, MA 02210
Thick, fluffy pancakes and a pressed fish-shaped dough form plated with a green matcha sauce and white whipped cream
Matcha souffle pancakes from Taiyaki NYC
Taiyaki [Official Photo]

This New York-based ice cream shop is full of Instagram bait, from its pastel swirls of soft serve in fish-shaped cones to its fluffy Japanese-inspired souffle pancakes. The pancakes are only available on the weekend menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there are two options: The classic pancake comes with maple syrup, butter, whipped cream, and powdered sugar, while the matcha pancake comes with whipped cream and matcha cream. Both are topped with a mini taiyaki.

119 Seaport Blvd Suite B
Boston, MA 02210

14. Double Chin

86 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
A stack of green pancakes are topped with an upside down ice cream cone.
Matcha Made in Heaven at Double Chin
Double Chin/Instagram

Double Chin takes “a la mode” to the next level by sticking a whole ice cream cone on top of its green tea pancakes, available during weekend brunch. Dubbed “Matcha Made in Heaven,” the pancakes are also topped with mochi, adzuki red bean, cereal, and black sesame butter.

86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

15. Bootleg Special

400 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
A stack of very thick souffle-style pancakes sit on a plate with a garnish of blueberries, strawberries, and powdered sugar
A tall stack of fluffy souffle pancakes at Bootleg Special
Bootleg Special/Instagram

Taiyaki NYC (see above) caused a stir when it brought its souffle pancakes to town, but the South End’s Bootleg Special has been serving its own fluffy souffle-style pancakes for a couple years now. Available at weekend brunch, there are several options, including bananas Foster and chocolate hazelnut.

400 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

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16. Mike's City Diner

1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
A stack of simple buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup
Pancakes at Mike’s City Diner
Mike’s City Diner/Facebook

Sometimes you don’t want giant stacks of pancakes topped with cereal and candy and chocolate sauce; sometimes you just want a simple stack of buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup. Maybe a little fruit. South End institution Mike’s City Diner delivers on that front.

1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

17. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
A stack of pancakes topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal and a white sauce
Fruity Pebbles pancakes topped with cereal milk anglaise at Lincoln Tavern
Jessica Dao

South Boston brunch hot spot Lincoln Tavern serves brunch all week long, including a Friday service called “Brunch Test Kitchen” that features a rotating array of new dishes. While the menus differ slightly among weekday, weekend, and Friday brunch, there are always over-the-top pancakes available. The restaurant’s popular Fruity Pebbles pancakes, topped with cereal milk anglaise, are a mainstay, but keep an eye out for specials like s’mores pancakes, apple pancakes with cinnamon bourbon apples, and lots more.

425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

18. Milkweed

1508 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
A stack of pancakes topped with pieces of Lucky Charms cereal, butter, and powdered sugar
Lucky Charms pancakes at Milkweed
Milkweed/Facebook

This cozy Mission Hill spot from the Blarney Stone team is a popular brunch destination. The shakshuka may get top billing, but don’t miss the pancakes; there are several options, including Lucky Charms pancakes and a Dutch baby with lemon ricotta, blueberry compote, and strawberries.

1508 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

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