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The Best Pancakes in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / November 5, 2012

best pancakes torontoThe best pancakes in Toronto are superior weekday pick-me-ups, welcome weekend hangover cures, and often, too big for one person to tackle alone. Whether classic buttermilk or jazzed-up and compote-clad, there's something oddly comforting about a big stack of an ol' faithful morning food. The pancakes that have made it on this list come in a whole variety of forms — some elegantly adorned with smoked duck and chevre, others glistening proudly (though likely, that can be blamed on the maple syrup) with nothing but an oatmeal base and a traditional recipe in its corner. Either way, pass the syrup.

Here is the list of the best pancakes in Toronto.

See also:

The best brunch in Toronto
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2011
The best donuts in Toronto
The best cupcakes in Toronto
The best macarons in Toronto

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

Of course Saving Grace wins. The Dundas West brunch spot has that perfect, cozy, “this place definitely has great pancakes” feel, plus unique takes on the breakfast staple that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Look to the board to find the daily pancake special, which might include Japanese pancakes, corn pancakes with onions, and the much beloved poached pear pancakes stack. Plates are usually $9-$10. More »

Parts and Labour

Parts and Labour

Parkdale knows good pancakes, and Parts & Labour certainly leads the pack. It offers traditional buttermilk blueberry pancakes, of course, which come topped with whipped cream, maple syrup, and caramelized bananas. But Parts & Labour also recognizes the value of the pancake in savoury form, offering the P&L pancake topped with pork belly, potato hash, and a fried egg. So much for berries. More »

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Who is this Mrs. Biederhof, and why does she make such good pancakes? Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is the home of “Mrs. Biederhof’s Infamous Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes,” a brunch must-have that definitely lives up to its name. Served with Lanark County maple syrup and whipped cream, these pancakes are unbelievably fluffy while incredibly filling all at the same time. Beware. Pancakes here are $13.50. More »

Mitzi's Cafe

Mitzi's Cafe

Those who know Mitzi’s know it’s all about her oatmeal buttermilk pancakes. While the toppings may switch from one out-there option to the next (candies, cookie dough, or simply fresh fruit) the classic oatmeal buttermilk base always stays the same. Fluffy and reliable, the plate is rounded out with homefries, fruit, maple syrup, and whipped cream for $13.95. More »

Universal Grill

Universal Grill

Usually “grill” and “great pancakes” don’t go together in the same sentence, but I can make an exception for Universal Grill in the Annex. The chocolate chip pancakes made here come a little thicker than normal, baked in a cast iron pan instead of made on a griddle (ironically). Served with a side of raspberry compote and fruit salad, only true legends can devour the entire $10 plate. More »

Barque Smokehouse

Barque Smokehouse

These are not your plain old buttermilk flapjacks. Barque Smokehouse on Roncy makes smoked duck pancakes (yes, smoked duck), which are served with chevre and blueberry compote. So yes, even pancakes can be made “gourmet.” The plate is priced at $14, and is highly recommended with an extra side of smoked candied bacon. More »

Aunties and Uncles

Aunties and Uncles

As one of Toronto’s longstanding favourite brunch spots, Aunties and Uncles does impeccably well in the realm of classic pancakes. Its version comes Jack Johnson style (that is, with bananas), served with a generous heaping of fruit and maple syrup to go alongside. These are definitely your traditional, comfort-food-type pancakes, priced at $7.50. More »

Frank

Frank

Frank Restaurant does its pancakes more refined, which is appropriate for a place set inside the Art Gallery of Ontario. Served during weekend brunch, this buttermilk “tower” (as it is immodestly called) is made of a heap of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, served with fresh Ontario fruit, pure Kawartha Lakes maple syrup, and a dollop of whipped cream. Call it art for $18. More »

School Bakery and Cafe

School Bakery and Cafe

While some spots skimp when it comes to pancake adornment, School Bakery smothers its “Black & Blueberry” buttermilk pancakes with berries of all creeds. The stack set before you is marvelously high, with whipped cream and maple syrup filling out the plate for $14. If berries aren’t your thing, you can always channel your inner eight-year-old and go with the peanut butter banana pancakes for the same price. More »

Littlefish

Littlefish

Bacon alongside your pancakes? No, bacon inside your pancakes. Littlefish definitely has the right idea. This is your Junction go-to spot for delicious pancakes and more, with the aforementioned bacon variety offered alongside traditional blueberry and banana. Scrumptious baked treats to take home too, that is, if you find you have enough room. More »

Queen and Beaver

Queen and Beaver

I know what you’re thinking. “Ugh, pub brunch?!” But alas, just wait until you try Queen and Beaver’s buttermilk pancakes. Soft, fluffy, and slathered with maple butter, just close your eyes and think of daisies as you dig in. I promise, you’ll feel like you’re in a mom & pop Annex brunch spot. Uh, until someone at the next table orders, “a mighty mound ‘uh black puddin’!” More »

Discussion

33 Comments

Jen Hendriks / November 5, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Were there any contenders East of Yonge?

It's hard not to correlate pancakes to hipster gentrification based on this article.
TJ / November 5, 2012 at 03:34 pm
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Anything North of St.Clair? My goodness its getting ridiculous with these best of lists almost never including anything north of St. Clair.
Gloria / November 5, 2012 at 03:45 pm
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Why don't we have any listings for space? Or the ocean?

BlogTO discriminates against astronauts and deep-water explorers!!
JZ / November 5, 2012 at 03:46 pm
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@TJ North of St Clair... you mean Mordor ?

Bloordale Pantry = the best I've ever had.... I'd go there more but its very hard to get a seat at this place.

They once had a chocolate chip/coconut pancake that just blew my taste buds... I always check in there from time to time just to see what they're cookin' up - always a surprise !

Dylan / November 5, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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Do these not look like the best pancakes? If you're all so sure that better ones exist in these areas, prove it! You can't just complain about them being situated in certain areas if you can't argue that they aren't the best. Stop whining and hop on the ttc.
Carli replying to a comment from Dylan / November 5, 2012 at 04:01 pm
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Yeah, guys. "Hop on the TTC."
big pun / November 5, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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Guess what they call hipsters who make pancakes? FLIPSTERS!
Jacks / November 5, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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WHY IS THERE NO iHOP?
Matt / November 5, 2012 at 04:10 pm
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Fresh on Spadina (south of Queen): amazing pancakes, and gluten-free to boot!!!!
The Revelation replying to a comment from TJ / November 5, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Probably because everything north of St Clair is a gasp, chain! Sorry no golden griddle or swiss chalet, maybe next year.

Oh I also have to say the Thompson Diner does a mean batch of pancakes, but this list looks pretty damn good...School, I'm licking at you :P
McRib replying to a comment from Jen Hendriks / November 5, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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wait until you see the "best cupcakes" article
milo / November 5, 2012 at 05:07 pm
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do the maggots always bitching about stuff being downtown centric not realize it's posted based on what users vote on?

if i wanted to eat at Cora's and get the clap i'd go north of Eglinton.

Good work BlogTo.
thomas / November 5, 2012 at 05:50 pm
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Barque smokehouse pancakes are horrible, smoked duck pancakes
with blueberries= disgusting!
FRANK / November 6, 2012 at 03:51 am
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Try Ole Smokies on St. Clair.. cooked in duck fat.. greasy but good!
Ryan / November 6, 2012 at 07:14 am
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Found out about Littlefish from reviews on urban spoon. I can't get enough of their bacon pancakes.
Sadie / November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am
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Those Mildred's Temple Kitchen pancakes are to. die. for. Definitely a must, as they're sinfully delicious! Buttermilk, blueberries, and whipped cream, oh my!
sour times / November 6, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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I love that I can make my own fluffy pancakes at home, throw my dishes in the dishwasher and go back to bed without having to deal with you twats.
Turtle 2 / November 7, 2012 at 12:28 am
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So happy to see Little Fish on the list! They make fantastic pancakes. Love the banana ones. Even though they are called "pan"cakes, I personally am not a fan of Universal Grill's pancakes. I guess maybe it is due to the fact they are made in an actual pan as stated above, but they taste very cakey. (I love cake, but not when I order pancakes. If that makes any sense)
Jen Hendriks replying to a comment from McRib / November 9, 2012 at 11:59 am
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I do love cupcakes! I was just wondering if there was any testing out East...I've enjoyed Lady Marmalade more than Aunties and Uncles but not more than Mitzi's.

Man those are good pcakes. Have you been to Table 17?
K / November 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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So.... went to Parts & Labour for the #2 ranked pancakes in the city and guess what??? Pancakes are no longer on their menu. Fantastic! Also, I've mentioned this before, probably a number of times, but BlogTO rarely ventures east of the Don Valley.... No "best pancakes" on the east side? Really??
Spock / November 12, 2012 at 07:02 pm
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Mmmmmm - pancakes. Lordy, I wish I lived in Toronto.

But still had my London, ON quality o' life.
testbuddy / March 29, 2013 at 01:01 pm
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FTW McDonald's serves the best pan cakes (hot cakes), hands down
Mark / July 14, 2013 at 03:40 pm
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Insatiable flapjack fever this morning. Was introduced to Cafe Neon. Not greasy or heavy but filling with lots of light cream on top. Side of what seemed homemade turkey sausage and thank you Mama- Wow delicious!
Jennifer / October 27, 2013 at 05:58 pm
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La Societe, in my opinion, serves some of THE best pancakes around. Blueberry ricotta pancakes so flavourful & moist they don't even need maple syrup. YUM.
Diana / December 1, 2013 at 08:54 am
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Insomnia's chocolate-chip banana pancakes are worth the half-hour wait as they bake...

George St. Diner serve a scrumptious pile of chocolate-chip flapjacks as well!
Kristen / December 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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The best pancakes ever come from a place in Collingwood by the name of Cafe Chartreuse. They vary each day with different berries/fruit combinations; but the best part is the warm glass of maple butter butter they are served with! To die for
East of Yonge replying to a comment from Jen Hendriks / December 2, 2013 at 01:58 am
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My thoughts exactly... No east of Yonge love?
dan / February 22, 2014 at 09:34 am
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no homeway?! They have excellent pancakes!!
http://www.homewayrestaurant.ca/
Me603 / February 22, 2014 at 10:36 am
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Hmmm can't find a good pancakes place outside of downtown but will include a resturant, Mildred's Temple Kitchen. that they JUST advertised got a YELLOW conditional pass by the city of Toronto. Yummm I totally trust #blogTO
Sacha replying to a comment from Me603 / February 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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The article was written on November 5, 2012. That's over a year ago.

Also, Mildred's Temple Kitchen's pancakes are really, really good. I'd put them on a list even *with* a temporary yellow card.
Zans / March 8, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Coquine, just south of Eglinton on Yonge has amaaazing pear pancakes.
BillyO / March 8, 2014 at 01:17 pm
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It's good to see them acknowledged on the list, but Mildred's should be #1. There is absolutely nothing in Toronto that compares to their pancakes. They are something else.
Jackie / April 13, 2014 at 08:56 am
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What about Amazing Ted's in Scarborough?

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