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The Best Pancakes in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 17, 2015

pancakes torontoThe best pancakes in Toronto are a perfect weekend pick-me-up and welcome hangover cure. Whether classic buttermilk or compote-clad, there's just something comforting about a big 'ol stack of flapjacks.

These are the best pancakes in Toronto.

See also: The Best French Toast in Toronto

Mildred's Temple

Mildred's Temple

Who is this Mrs. Biederhof, and why does she make such good pancakes? This Liberty Village brunch spot is home to “Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes,” a dish that definitely lives up to its name. Served with maple syrup and whipped cream, these pancakes are incredibly decadent with $16 price tag to match. More »

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

You'll flip for the ever changing pancake specials advertised on the board at this Dundas West brunch spot. Recent daily features have included ginger molasses pancakes with plums and pecans, dark chocolate chip and raspberry pancakes, and coconut pancakes with bananas and hazelnut pralines. Prices hover around the $10 mark. More »

Mitzi's Cafe

Mitzi's Cafe

The classic oatmeal buttermilk pancakes ($14) are the basis for seasonal variations that have been known to include toppings like whipped strawberry cream cheese and graham cracker crumble, bananas and Nutella drizzle, or custard and berries. The flavours at this Roncesvalles Village cafe might change from one day to the next, but a plate packed with home fries and fresh fruit always a reliable pick. More »

Portland Variety

Portland Variety

Hot off the griddle, pancakes are a hit with weekend brunch crowds at this King West cafe. Zesty, lemon ricotta pancakes ($14) here come paired with cream cheese mousse and mixed berries More »

Queen and Beaver

Queen and Beaver

Soft, fluffy, and slathered with maple butter, the crave-worthy pancakes ($12) at this cozy British pub house on Elm St. keep it simple. This classic short stack proves that perfectly fried, lightly browned flapjacks need not be accompanied by any fancy adornments. More »

School

School

This Liberty Village brunch spot gets an A+ when it comes to the art of pancake making. Stacks of classic buttermilk pancakes ($13) come with brown sugar butter and maple syrup, while the Black N' Blue flapjacks ($16) are smothered in blackberry and blueberry sauce with whipped cream and maple syrup filling out the plate. More »

Universal Grill

Universal Grill

Baked in a cast iron pan, the thick buttermilk pancakes ($12) at this Annex eatery boast a crispy browned exterior that yield to a light fluffy centre. Maple syrup and raspberry compote are supplied on the side and accompanied by a fruit salad. More »

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

This popular St. Clair brunch spot is home to cinnamon bun pancakes ($11), a stack of light and fluffy buttermilk flapjacks swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon then griddled until golden brown and drizzled with a vanilla bean glaze. Real maple syrup and whipped brown butter only sweeten the deal. More »

Saturday Dinette

Saturday Dinette

Satisfy cravings for hot cakes at this laid back brunch spot on Gerrard where massive buckwheat pancakes ($11) are jazzed up with maple thyme butter and a dollop of orange blossom scented ricotta. More »

Old School

Old School

This 24-hour diner on Dundas West has options whether you like you pancakes savoury or sweet. The all-day menu offers stacks of buttermilk flapjacks ($9), blueberry pancakes ($11) paired with candied bacon, as well as savoury bacon and brie hotcakes ($17) served with whipped vanilla butter and maple syrup. More »

Littlefish

Littlefish

Pancakes laced with bacon, bananas or blueberries baked right into the batter are a favourite from this casual brunch destination in The Junction. Slather on a little whipped butter and douse ‘em with maple syrup and you’re good to go. More »

Scratch Kitchen

Scratch Kitchen

The Fat Daddy pancake skillet ($10) is a single, plate-sized flapjack that's thick and fluffy by crispy around its perimeter. Served with sterling butter and fruit compote, the whole thing is sprinkled with confectioners sugar, then finished with a generous glob of butter and maple syrup. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Fred / August 17, 2015 at 09:59 am
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Do any of these places serve marionberry pancakes?
Jm / August 17, 2015 at 10:45 am
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I never liked the big fluffy pancakes. Growing up my mom used to make a thin batter, I guess technically crepes. Pour it on the pan, it spreads out to a round, thin delight that gets a little crisp, cover it in either maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar, roll it up and enjoy. That's the "pancake" I grew up on, those fluffy things do nothing for me...
ghg replying to a comment from Jm / August 17, 2015 at 10:52 am
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hot take, bro
Fat Carb Eater / August 17, 2015 at 11:25 am
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Restaurant pictured?
pancakes mmmm / August 17, 2015 at 11:47 am
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The pictured pancakes are at Old School, open 24 hrs at Dundas w and palmerston. Mmmmmmmm
LoL replying to a comment from Darren / August 17, 2015 at 02:23 pm
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Sure, if you want to wait 30 minutes to be served and another 30 to get your food when the restaurant has maximum 5 other people who already have their food.. then sure! Go eat there. :D
Pancakes yummmmm / August 17, 2015 at 04:07 pm
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Missing are...Great blueberry pancakes at Thompson Hotel Diner. Tons of good blueberries and delicious batter. Also great top notch pancakes at Hbar on Queen west !
ohmygod / August 17, 2015 at 04:32 pm
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Somebody tell me: who the heck is going to eat that tower of pancakes in the photo? Looks very eater-unfriendly.
Andre / August 17, 2015 at 06:17 pm
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Pancakes $0.08 to make, $12.99 for the brunchsociap scene....keep spending, keep the debt piling up because everyone else is going out for brunch, all the while complaining about house prices in Toronto and finding all the reasons its unaffordable. Check your wallet, check your budget! Hmmmm money, keep it and save it? Nahh that's not much fun, sure I'll come out for brunch, see you there in 20.
Marshall Boyce / August 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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Creme de LA Creme at Risk York and Blood makes delicious and a little crispy pancakes and serves real maple syrup.
Bill / August 18, 2015 at 03:56 pm
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Mitzis is the best for all brunch food. Its off the beaten path but very good. I have been going there for 20 years, it's a staple in the parkdale area. And now thats it has been under new managment for 3 years now, it's even better than before.
Sean / August 22, 2015 at 05:46 pm
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I make my own. It's cheaper.
Tim / August 26, 2015 at 08:12 pm
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If you're ever at Mitzi's and think the french toast topping sounds better than the pancake topping, you can ask for it instead.

The pancakes at George Street Diner are pretty good (once had a bad experience due to unmixed baking soda/powder being in a clump...that spoiled that particular plate), but they do a great job making them, and it's a nice spot.

Also, Aunties and Uncles have nice banana pancakes.

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