Austin's 7 Best Pancakes

By Megan Giller
March 4, 2015
By Megan Giller  |  March 4, 2015

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, we've 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

  • Photo by: Kevin Chungg

    Hillside Farmacy

    What Makes Them Special: Eat blueberry pancakes and brown butter with orange slices and maple syrup at this East Austin hipster hangout.
    How Much: $9
    When: Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM-2 PM

    1209 E. 11th St.; 512-628-0168

  • 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-3 PM

    1610 Congress Ave.; 512-441-7672

  • Chavez

    What Makes Them Special: At this Downtown Southwestern restaurant, find locally milled “griddle cakes” with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
    How Much: $9 during the weekday, $28 on weekends as part of the buffet brunch
    When: Monday through Friday, 6:30-10:30 AM; Saturday and Sunday, 7 AM-2 PM

    111 E. Cesar Chavez St.; 512-478-2991

  • 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-4 PM

    626 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512-708-8800

  • Josephine House

    What Makes Them Special: Chef Larry McGuire can’t serve regular pancakes. Nope, these are sweet potato pancakes with maple syrup, toasted Texas pecans and housemade cultured butter
    How Much: $16
    When: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM-3 PM

    1601 Waterston Ave.; 512-477-5584


Places Mentioned

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Eclectic • West Campus

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
Kerbey Lane Cafe

American • Oakmont Heights

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
Kerbey Lane Cafe - Southwest

Eclectic • Oak Hill

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Cafe • Austin

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
Enoteca Vespaio

Italian • SoCo (South Congress)

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$33
Magnolia Cafe

American • Tarrytown

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$19
Magnolia Cafe South

American • SoCo (South Congress)

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$19
Counter Cafe

Cafe • Clarksville

Food- Decor- Service- CostM

Tex-Mex • Downtown

Food22 Decor24 Service20 Cost$45
Josephine House of Clarksville

American • Clarksville

Food23 Decor25 Service22 Cost$49
Hillside Farmacy

Eclectic • East Austin

Food24 Decor26 Service20 Cost$33
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