Best Ways To Celebrate National Pancake Week In Washington DC

February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

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A stack of fluffy pancakes, topped with salty butter and sweet maple syrup, may be the best way to start off your day. But for most people, breakfast is a banana or a cup of coffee on the run. Well, here is your excuse to indulge in America’s favorite breakfast: Feb. 10 to 16 is National Pancake Week. Here are descriptions of the five tastiest stacks of pancakes in town, so you can try a different one each day of the week and enjoy National Pancake Week to the fullest.

Art And Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 393-7777
www.artandsouldc.comArt and Soul’s classic Southern fare is quite popular in the D.C. area, and the pancakes on their breakfast/brunch menu are one of the restaurant’s highlights. What sets these pancakes apart from your ordinary plate of flapjacks is the scoop of creamy mascarpone butter that melts right onto the top of the stack, the rich lemon flavored honey that is served on the side, and the generous serving of fresh, seasonal fruit that comes with the dish. These pancakes manage to be the ultimate in flavor, despite being made with low-fat yogurt and milk, which means they are also healthful and relatively low in calories. Ready for more good news? You can order these pancakes every day of the week, for $12.00, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends.

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3529 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 537 9250
www.palenarestaurant.comFor another healthy but still decadent pancake option, try Palena’s whole wheat sourdough pancakes. Made with whole wheat flour, these pancakes are topped with creamy ricotta cheese, crunchy pistachios and blueberry syrup, all of which provide a whirlwind of flavor and texture. A handful of fresh blueberries tops off the dish. Purchase a made-to-order dish of these pancakes for $15.00 during Palena’s brunch, which is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Busboys And Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-7638
www.busboysandpoets.comAvailable on the weekends from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $9.00 are Busboys and Poets’ famous sweet potato pancakes. Dense and hearty, dusted with powdered sugar, and accompanied by fruit and maple syrup, this trio of pancakes earns raves from anyone who tries them. The health benefits of sweet potatoes is an added bonus, as is the fact that Busboys and Poets only uses eggs from farms that use a cage-free system. Good for your taste buds, your health and your conscience: a winning combination!

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 882-8783
www.wearefoundingfarmers.comThe pancakes at Founding Farmers are some of most unique in D.C., largely because of the variety of flavors offered. Purists can order the original buttermilk pancakes, topped with fresh butter and maple syrup. Those who prefer the classic blueberry pancakes have that option, with a heap of blueberry butter for an exciting twist. For the more creative, there are the bananas foster pancakes, which are served with bananas cooked in a dreamy combination of sugar, butter and cinnamon. Dessert lovers will fiend for the red velvet pancakes, which are chocolately and sweet. Finally, there are the carrot cake pancakes, which are only for the truly adventurous. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays at Founding Farmers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pancakes range from $7.00 to $9.00.

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1322 U St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-1885
www.cremedc.comThe pancakes at Crème make this list as some of the best pancakes in D.C. not for being unusual in any way, but for being the best classic pancakes in town. Stacked high, these pancakes are sweet, light and perfectly cooked, requiring just a dollop of their whipped butter and drizzle of sweet maple syrup. You can add blueberries or bananas foster for $3.00, but these golden flapjacks don’t really need anything else; they are perfect as is. Enjoy them for $9.00 on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and until 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at