Where to Order the Best Pancakes in Boston

By Jacqueline Cain
05/09/2022
Where to Order the Best Pancakes in Boston

We New Englanders take our maple syrup seriously—and our exacting standards extend to pancakes, too. But Boston chefs do more than just douse plain pancakes in sweet stuff: From savory corn pancakes to classic johnnycakes and even a stack of Fruity Pebble Pancakes, here are our favorite pancakes in Boston for breakfast, dinner, or anytime.

Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow pancakes

How do you make pancakes a dinnertime favorite? If you’re chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, you add pieces of pickled corn and serve them with tangy buttermilk yogurt, grilled shishito peppers, and crunchy popcorn. All reasons why the Pickled Corn Pancakes at this subterranean Harvard Square spot have been a menu fixture since day one.

Krasi

Krasi | Where to Order the Best Pancakes in Boston

During weekend brunch at Back Bay wine bar Krasi, pancakes go Greek. Lalagites are pancakes from the island of Lemnos, stuffed with lemony mizithra (a soft Greek cheese) and lightly fried so the exterior is crispy around a soft and fluffy pancake. Topped with a carob-honey syrup and lemon zest, these Lalagites are a brunch must-order.

Neptune Oyster pancakes Boston

The Neptune Johnnycake served at Neptune Oyster features an old-timey New England staple—a cornmeal-based johnnycake—and spruces it up with honey butter, Boston Smoked Fish Co. bluefish, and sturgeon caviar. Each bite is a delight, from the buttery, crispy-browned edges of the pancake to the decadent caviar crowning the center.

The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

The Neighborhood is one of those old-school brunch spots with a huge menu of numbered combinations, including many Portuguese flavors like linguiça as a breakfast meat. Plenty of pancakes are always on offer, from flavorful and fluffy vehicles for real maple syrup to specialty flavors like Grapenut Wheat and seasonal Pumpkin Pancakes.

Four Seasons One Dalton

Four Seasons One Dalton

A 5-star luxury hotel in Boston’s Back Bay, Four Seasons One Dalton does indulgence right. That includes the pancakes served daily in the property’s One + One restaurant: Lemon Ricotta pancakes feature a tangy lemon curd and a dollop of rich, luscious whipped cheese. Sprinkled with powdered sugar and garnished with dried lemon slices, they’re almost too pretty to eat.

Eric Twardzik contributed reporting

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