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Nutella, Bacon, and Cap'n Crunch: 14 Delicious, Unusual SF Pancakes Worth Sampling

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Buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, banana: they are the four gold standards of delicious pancake flavors, and long may they reign. But if you're looking to shake up your breakfast routine, SF has a lot more to offer in the pancake department, from crunchy cast-iron baked Dutch pancakes to inch-thick souffle pancakes. Whether you're craving bacon and cheddar, lemon poppyseed, or Nutella, this list has what you're seeking, including multiple gluten-free varieties. Join us as we explore the wide world of San Francisco pancakes.


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1. Verbena

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2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 441-2323
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Creative and clever vegetarian dishes are a hallmark of Verbena's menu, and their brunchtime pancakes are no different. Made with ground red corn, they're topped with peppery nasturtium butter, basil, and apricots braised in (of course) lemon verbena. Other versions have included carrot and sourdough.

2. Chambers

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601 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 469-5178
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Inch-thick souffle pancakes are a brunch standard at Chambers, with an all-out indulgent topping of spiced apple chutney, membrillo (quince paste), and in lieu of maple syrup, maple ice cream.

3. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

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28 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 885-2767
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If you're willing to fight off the tourist hordes, Dottie's gluten-free pancakes, made with rice flour, are definitely a favorite. They come filled with banana and fresh raspberries.

4. Home Skillet

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1001 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-5509
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This casual mid-Market diner has a bunch of quirky pancake variations, including candied pecan, strawberry-granola, chocolate-coconut, and peanut butter chip (they'll do it half-and-half with milk chocolate chips for that Reese's vibe).

5. Outerlands

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4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-6140
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Dutch baby pancakes, baked in an itty-bitty cast-iron pan, are menu staples for brunch at Outerlands. With their crunchy exterior and fluffy interior, they're definitely memorable. Get them savory (with maple-sage sausage) or sweet (with strawberries); you can add housemade ricotta to either version.

6. Zazie

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941 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332
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Brave the brunchtime lines for a taste of Zazie's gingerbread pancakes, topped with lemon curd and Bosc pears. They're deliciously sweet and spicy. Zazie also has a rotating weekly pancake special, with flavors like cornmeal and banana bread pudding.

7. Padrecito

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901 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-5505
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Enjoy your panqueques Latino-style at Padrecito, where they're made with polenta and plantains, then topped with mango mascarpone, strawberries, and cajeta, a sweet milk caramel.

8. Kate's Kitchen

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471 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 626-3984
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The cheddar-bacon pancakes at Kate's are perfect for those who don't have as much of a sweet tooth at breakfast (though they fare pretty well when topped with maple syrup). Fun fact: the real-life Piper and Larry of Orange Is the New Black fame bonded over them on their first date.

9. The Willows

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1582 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 529-2039
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The Willows comes from the people who came up with Maker's Mark-glazed pork-belly donuts, so it's no surprise their pancake option brings together the equally insane-but-wonderful combo of peanut butter pancakes layered with chocolate mousse and sprinkled with peanut butter Cap'n Crunch. It'll bring back memories of snacking on cereal in front of Saturday morning cartoons.

10. Town's End Restaurant & Bakery

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2 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 512-0749
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Swedish oatmeal pancakes, filled with fresh fruit and almonds, are a morning menu staple at Town's End. If you're really starving or hungover, get the Mary's Special (right) which has two of them and a two-egg mushroom-green onion-cheddar scramble, all for just $12.

11. Market & Rye

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300 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252-7455
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Its West Portal location is no longer, but the Market & Rye in Potrero Hill continues to put out a fun rotating selection of pancakes in flavors like lemon poppyseed, pumpkin-persimmon, and pineapple upside-down.

12. Plow

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1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 821-7569
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Creamy housemade ricotta and tart lemon make Plow's famous pancakes as light as a feather, even when drowned in honest-to-goodness maple syrup. Gluten-free types can also enjoy special pancakes made with almond flour.

13. Toast Eatery

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3991 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 642-6328
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Nutella makes everything better, and Toast's pancakes are no exception. Order up a short stack slathered in Nutella and sliced bananas, or go for the Coco Loco, with bananas, macadamia nuts, and coconut.

14. Griddle Fresh

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4007 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 647-7037

Light and fluffy, this Noe Valley spot's banana souffle pancakes become sinfully rich with the addition of fresh bananas, mascarpone, and walnuts. There's also a lemon ricotta version with strawberries.

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1. Verbena

2323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Creative and clever vegetarian dishes are a hallmark of Verbena's menu, and their brunchtime pancakes are no different. Made with ground red corn, they're topped with peppery nasturtium butter, basil, and apricots braised in (of course) lemon verbena. Other versions have included carrot and sourdough.

2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Chambers

601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Inch-thick souffle pancakes are a brunch standard at Chambers, with an all-out indulgent topping of spiced apple chutney, membrillo (quince paste), and in lieu of maple syrup, maple ice cream.

601 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

If you're willing to fight off the tourist hordes, Dottie's gluten-free pancakes, made with rice flour, are definitely a favorite. They come filled with banana and fresh raspberries.

28 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Home Skillet

1001 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This casual mid-Market diner has a bunch of quirky pancake variations, including candied pecan, strawberry-granola, chocolate-coconut, and peanut butter chip (they'll do it half-and-half with milk chocolate chips for that Reese's vibe).

1001 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Outerlands

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Dutch baby pancakes, baked in an itty-bitty cast-iron pan, are menu staples for brunch at Outerlands. With their crunchy exterior and fluffy interior, they're definitely memorable. Get them savory (with maple-sage sausage) or sweet (with strawberries); you can add housemade ricotta to either version.

4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

6. Zazie

941 Cole St., San Francisco, CA 94117

Brave the brunchtime lines for a taste of Zazie's gingerbread pancakes, topped with lemon curd and Bosc pears. They're deliciously sweet and spicy. Zazie also has a rotating weekly pancake special, with flavors like cornmeal and banana bread pudding.

941 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. Padrecito

901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Enjoy your panqueques Latino-style at Padrecito, where they're made with polenta and plantains, then topped with mango mascarpone, strawberries, and cajeta, a sweet milk caramel.

901 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Kate's Kitchen

471 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The cheddar-bacon pancakes at Kate's are perfect for those who don't have as much of a sweet tooth at breakfast (though they fare pretty well when topped with maple syrup). Fun fact: the real-life Piper and Larry of Orange Is the New Black fame bonded over them on their first date.

471 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. The Willows

1582 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Willows comes from the people who came up with Maker's Mark-glazed pork-belly donuts, so it's no surprise their pancake option brings together the equally insane-but-wonderful combo of peanut butter pancakes layered with chocolate mousse and sprinkled with peanut butter Cap'n Crunch. It'll bring back memories of snacking on cereal in front of Saturday morning cartoons.

1582 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Town's End Restaurant & Bakery

2 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Swedish oatmeal pancakes, filled with fresh fruit and almonds, are a morning menu staple at Town's End. If you're really starving or hungover, get the Mary's Special (right) which has two of them and a two-egg mushroom-green onion-cheddar scramble, all for just $12.

2 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

11. Market & Rye

300 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Its West Portal location is no longer, but the Market & Rye in Potrero Hill continues to put out a fun rotating selection of pancakes in flavors like lemon poppyseed, pumpkin-persimmon, and pineapple upside-down.

300 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Plow

1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Creamy housemade ricotta and tart lemon make Plow's famous pancakes as light as a feather, even when drowned in honest-to-goodness maple syrup. Gluten-free types can also enjoy special pancakes made with almond flour.

1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

13. Toast Eatery

3991 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Nutella makes everything better, and Toast's pancakes are no exception. Order up a short stack slathered in Nutella and sliced bananas, or go for the Coco Loco, with bananas, macadamia nuts, and coconut.

3991 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Griddle Fresh

4007 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Light and fluffy, this Noe Valley spot's banana souffle pancakes become sinfully rich with the addition of fresh bananas, mascarpone, and walnuts. There's also a lemon ricotta version with strawberries.

4007 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

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