2501 Meredith St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
This Moroccan-influenced BYOB has quickly become a popular spot in the Fairmount neighborhood. While you’ll find a number of Mediterranean-inspired meals such as vegetable and tomato couscous, sole stuffed with crab, and tapas, Figs’ pancakes are a customer favorite. In fact, Figs was awarded Best of Philly 2012 Pancakes by Philadelphia Magazine. Soft and fluffy on the inside with just slightly crispy edges, four of these buttermilk pillows are offered at $5.50. They’re delicious with butter and syrup as served, or you can add bananas and walnuts or strawberries for an additional $1.25. Brunch is only offered on the weekends and can draw quite the crowd, so reservations are recommended. Also note that this a cash-only establishment.
1306 Dickinson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
With restaurants in South Philly, Northern Liberties and Midtown Village, you’re never too far from Green Eggs Café. Specializing in brunch-style food with a dedication to sustainability, dining at Green Eggs is a delicious way to support local merchants while feeling like a Planet Earth protector. Sure, you could go healthy with the tofu scramble, but the red velvet pancakes have become a Green Eggs Café signature dish. These fluffy, buttermilk red velvet pancakes are layered with chocolate chips and strawberry mascarpone. Fresh strawberries, maple syrup and vanilla-flavored whipped cream top off this decadent dish. A plate of red velvet pancakes will set you back $12, but then again, it’s your entrée and dessert all in one! Green Eggs Café accepts cash only.
800 N 4th St.
Philadephia, PA 19123
Bring your appetite when you visit Honey’s Sit N Eat; the prices are all reasonable and the portions are huge. The buttermilk pancakes are no exception. Unless you plan to share or skip lunch, one will probably be plenty. Luckily, you have the option of ordering just one giant pancake for $3.50 (or the standard two for $7). While soft, buttery and delicious with your usual maple syrup, you can also get creative and add the filling of your choice. Pick from pecans, walnuts, almonds, berries, bananas, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips for $1.50 each. If wheat is more your thing, try the whole wheat pancakes filled with berries and granola and topped with syrup for $9.
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428 N 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19108
Café Lift serves brunch all day long, so your pancake cravings aren’t limited to the typical breakfast hours. Enjoy your standard buttermilk pancakes with two toppings from a list that includes blueberries, strawberries, bananas, chocolate chips or hazelnut spread along with homemade whipped cream and maple syrup for $7.50. Or, go for the lemon ricotta pancakes for something a bit more exotic. Extra fluffy and with a bit of a tang, these pancakes are served with fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream and honey for $9.
121 S 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
With three locations throughout the city, Marathon is a Philadelphia favorite. Go for the soft buttermilk pancakes for $7.50 and add banana, blueberries or chocolate chips for $1 more. Or, indulge in a little dessert with your breakfast dish and order the dark chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes. If you have a hankering for pancakes late in the day, fret not. Marathon offers a scaled down all-day breakfast menu including pancakes and bacon for $9 (add banana or chocolate chip cookie dough for $1).