Our 7 Favorite Pancake Breakfasts in Houston

By Amber Ambrose  |  March 4, 2014

Did you know Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) - which happens to be today - is also known as Shrove Tuesday? It's a traditional day to eat pancakes, one that began as a way for families to deplete their stock of rich, fatty foods like milk and eggs before the 40 Lenten days of fasting began. In honor of our favorite breakfast food and the tradition of eating them on Shrove Tuesday, here are seven places to find a very satisfying pancake breakfast any day of the week - Shrove Tuesday or otherwise. (Because no one really needs a reason to order pancakes.)

  • Buffalo Grille

    The pancakes here are as big as the plates they're served on and by far the best we've had in Houston. Throw in a cup of their cinnamon coffee and a side of peppery bacon for heaven on earth.

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  • A Moveable Feast

    If you want the best of both worlds - good pancakes and something relatively healthy - try A Moveable Feast in Spring Branch/Memorial area. The health-food store/restaurant serves up whole-wheat versions that won't make you feel as guilty. Their chicken sausage is also very tasty on the side.

    9341 Katy Fwy.; 713-365-0368

  • 59 Diner

    It'd be a travesty if there weren't plenty of pancake options on the menu of this local chain of retro diners. Choose from buttermilk or whole-wheat versions, and add in fruit, pecans or - our favorite - chocolate chips for the best experience.

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  • Frank's Grill

    Yet another greasy spoon, this small chain of breakfast- and lunch-only restaurants is a hit with both pancake and hashbrown lovers. Even though it's a bit of a starch bomb, you can't miss either of these dishes when you go for a nap-inducing breakfast.

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  • Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

    In addition to a pancake omelet - which is a crazy combo of ham, cheese and eggs all rolled into a pancake - the regular kind are tasty as well. We like to get a pancake on the side and split a Greek omelet with our lucky dining companions. Everyone wins. P.S. serving lunch and dinner only.

    318 Tuam St.; 713-528-0198

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    This modern interpretation of an old-school diner thankfully includes classic breakfast fare like the humble pancake. Here, they're incredibly fluffy and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.

    1102 Yale St.; 713-426-5652

  • Avalon Diner

    Love it or hate it, this diner - specifically the Westheimer location - is a Houston institution, in part, for its reputation as a gathering place for influential Houstonians, and in part its greasy-spoon type of food. The old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes are the thing to get, and for some reason they just taste better when sitting at the counter.

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