Here’s a fun fact for you. This year, March 5 is Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) and in addition to being Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), it’s often known as Pancake Day, too. Why? Because people like to eat pancakes before the great fast, of course.
So whether or not you’re participating in Lent, here’s a list of mouth-watering pancakes in Charlotte to indulge in.
Original Pancake House
4736 Sharon Road
915 Charlottetowne Avenue
Pancake is in the name, so pancakes are their game. Get them just about any way you could possibly want: topped with bacon bits, chocolate chips, various fruits, or wrapped around sausage links (lovingly called Pigs in a Blanket.)
4625 Piedmont Row
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 150
You’ve tried the Red Velvet Waffle, but what about a stack of Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes? Get your Terrace Cafe fix in SouthPark or Ballantyne, and consider making a reservation in advance (or go early!)
303 S. Church Street
Not feeling pancakes? Have no fear because Angeline’s has a Strawberry Zabaglione Waffle with chantilly and pistachio calling your name.
601 S. College Street
Even if you aren’t staying at the Westin, pop in to JP Charlotte to try their Blueberry-Orange Granola Pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup. Or go for the Buttermilk Pancakes with candied walnuts and honey-maple syrup.
101 W. Worthington Ave, #100
So your family wants huevos ranchero, but you’re craving pancakes? Superica is calling. Order the Hot Cakes (double or triple stack) and get ready to snap a photo because these babies are huge.
222 South Caldwell Street (21st floor)
Chances are, you’ve seen these Jumbo Cap’N Crunch Pancakes all over Instagram. But have you tried them? They’re topped with vanilla milk reduction and sugar and will make all your childhood dreams come true.
617 S. Sharon Amity Road
Order two or four Big Fluffy Pancakes, pick your preferred topping, sit back, and chow down at this 22-year-old Charlotte diner. Fun fact: They’re open until 2 AM Wednesday – Saturday.
Flying Biscuit Cafe
4241 Park Road
7930 Rea Road
Going the untraditional route this National Pancake Day? Try the Organic Oatmeal Pancakes topped with warm peach compote from Flying Biscuit. Come early or prepare to wait.
Big View Diner
16637 Lancaster Hwy
Blueberry, chocolate chip, bananas foster… you’ll find all of these pancakes at Big View Diner. But to really do it big, get the Carrot Cake Pancakes with cream cheese icing. Wow.
6902 Phillips Place
Maybe the most surprising mention on this list, Upstream has an incredible pancake available at brunch. Find the Kabocha Pancake with southern praline sauce on the unlimited tasting brunch menu ($26) or order a la carte for $12.
1601 Central Avenue
Keep it real real with a stack at Zada Janes in Plaza Midwood. Fun fact: You can order gluten-free pancakes at this popular brunch spot.
1820 South Blvd
If you haven’t had the Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancakes at Tupelo Honey, you’re doing it wrong. Enjoy this stack for brunch or dinner (it’s on the main menu.) It’s served with buttermilk fried chicken, apple cider bacon, spiced pecans, and two sunny-side-up eggs. Might want to schedule a nap afterward.
1300 South Blvd, Suite S
Your decision is made easy at Lincoln’s: The Stuffed Flapjack (available open until 5 PM.) What’s inside? Lemon ricotta, then topped with maple syrup and berries. It’s a pancake game-changer.
115 East Carson Blvd
Access to pancakes 24/7? You got it. Go for a short or tall stack with strawberry or blueberry compote or try the Hot Cake Special (three pancakes, choice of breakfast meat, and two eggs.)
See website for various locations.
Order your pancakes (called flapjacks here) as banana nut, blueberry, raspberry walnut, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, or coconut. Gluten-free batter is available, too.