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Austin's 7 Best Pancakes

By Megan Giller
March 14, 2014

Brunch is Austin’s jam, and if you lean sweet, there’s no better order than a tall stack of pancakes (after all, you gotta take a break from tacos sometime). Whether you like traditional buttermilk, flavors like gingerbread or indulgent toppings like salted caramel and gelato, have we got something special for you.

  • Kerbey Lane Café

    What Makes Them Special: The pancakes here are huge and fluffy and come in buttermilk, gingerbread, apple whole-wheat, blueberry, gluten-free and vegan varieties, plus they have rotating flavors like banana, peanut butter, salted caramel and Nutella.
    How Much: A single cake is $3.95. A short stack costs $6.50, and a full stack is $7.75.
    When: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    2606 Guadalupe St., 512-477-5717

  • Magnolia Cafe

    What Makes Them Special: Austinites love them some Magnolia, which is basically a brunch rite of passage as well as tradition. The pancakes are rich and fluffy and come in buttermilk, whole-wheat, gingerbread and cornmeal. Did we mention that they’re enormous?
    How Much: One cake will set you back $2.95, while a short stack runs $4.50 and a full stack runs $5.50.
    When: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    2304 Lake Austin Blvd., 512-478-8645

  • Blue Ox BBQ and Pancake Cabin

    What Makes Them Special: On Sundays the barbecue trailer behind the Buzz Mill coffee shop adds some carbs to its mainstays, with all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes and a serving of bacon and eggs. Be sure to treat yourself to the Buzz Mill’s Bloody Mary bar and happy-hour mimosas.
    How Much: $7 for all you can eat
    When: Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM

    1505 Town Creek Dr., 512-537-2047

  • Enoteca

    What Makes Them Special: First, if you get there before noon, you’re almost guaranteed a table immediately, which is unusual in Austin. Beyond the fluffy semolina and buttermilk pancakes themselves, toppings like vanilla gelato with blueberries and raspberries or a fried egg and Nueske’s bacon, plus maple syrup, make these cakes stand out.
    How Much: $9 for plain pancakes, $10 for cakes topped with gelato and $12 for cakes topped with a fried egg and bacon.
    When: Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM

    1610 Congress Ave., 512-441-7672

  • Jack Allen’s Kitchen

    What Makes Them Special: The brunch buffet at this upscale comfort-food mecca is full of goodies, but they start you off right by bringing dollar-size pancakes and maple syrup to the table. And they’ll keep ‘em coming too.
    How Much: $16.99 for the buffet, $5.99 for kids 12 and under
    When: Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM

    7720 Texas 71, 512-852-8558

  • Counter Café

    What Makes Them Special: Only in Austin does a greasy spoon meet farm-to-table, with fresh, local ingredients and a diner-style atmosphere. The housemade pancakes are fluffy and fresh off the griddle, and served with honey butter and maple syrup. We like to add blueberries.
    How Much: $6.50
    When: 7 days a week, 7:30 AM to 4 PM

    626 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-708-8800

  • Olivia

    What Makes Them Special: Go traditional at this modern French restaurant with sweet buttermilk pancakes with vanilla syrup and berries, or add bacon and chocolate for a bit more. Or, if you’re feeling wild, try the savory buttermilk pancakes with braised pork, sweet and sauerkraut, crème fraîche and maple syrup.
    How Much: $9 for sweet pancakes, $14 for savory
    When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 2:30 PM

    2043 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-804-2700 

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Places Mentioned

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Eclectic • West Campus

Food20 Decor15 Service18 Cost$17
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Eclectic • South Lamar

Food20 Decor15 Service18 Cost$17
 
 
 
Magnolia Cafe

American • Tarrytown

Food23 Decor17 Service21 Cost$17
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe

American • Oakmont Heights

Food20 Decor15 Service18 Cost$17
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe - Southwest

Eclectic • Oak Hill

Food20 Decor15 Service18 Cost$17
 
 
 
Jack Allen's Kitchen

American • Oak Hill

Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$26
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe Northwest

American • Austin

Food20 Decor15 Service18 Cost$17
 
 
 
Enoteca Vespaio

Italian • SoCo (South Congress)

Food25 Decor19 Service23 Cost$32
 
 
 
Magnolia Cafe South

American • SoCo (South Congress)

Food23 Decor17 Service21 Cost$17
 
 
 
Olivia

French • Bouldin Creek

Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$42
 
 
 
 
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