There are a lot of different stories as to why National Pancake Week came to be, but ultimately it all has to do with the very simple fact that people love pancakes. There are many places in the Detroit Metro that serve pancakes, but there are only a few that really stand out in the art of flapjacks. So get your appetite ready for a taste of pancakes you have never imagined possible.
Toast of Ferndale
23144 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
If you are looking for some of the best breakfast food around, then consider Toast of Ferndale. Here you will find a great selection of pancakes. There are classic hotcakes, of course, but then the selection goes over the top with blueberry, chocolate chip and granola banana. For those who oddly don’t like pancakes, you will find a complete breakfast menu with gourmet omelets, Tex-Mex breakfasts and other favorites. There are also lunch selections available, but breakfast is the name of the game at Toast.
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Parthenon Coney Island & Restaurant
5700 Mercury Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
One of the best breakfasts in the Dearborn area can be found at Parthenon Coney Island. When you order a breakfast here, you had better be hungry, especially if you decide on trying any of the pancakes offered, which very simply are large and delicious. Varieties include the standard buttermilk along with blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip, walnut, coconut and banana. Hungry for an omelet? Then you can try any of the 10 offered which range from the ordinary with cheese to a spinach and feta cheese creation. As with all meals the Parthenon offers, the servings are large, the service is fast and the prices are reasonable.
418 S. Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Cafe Muse is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, but one look at the pancakes the establishment offers and there will be no doubt about what to order. Starting off with the buttermilk pancakes served with an apple and pear compote, you can then move on to the orange rum raisin or whole wheat pancakes that are served with braised apples. Finally, there are the ricotta cheese and lemon pancakes served with housemade blueberry maple syrup. As always, there are other breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, and the Cafe Muse teams with local farmers and suppliers to bring the freshest products in from the surrounding area.
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If you are looking for a breakfast that goes well beyond pancakes or omelets, then The Breakfast Club is a must-try restaurant. With pancakes ranging from those filled with beautiful blueberries to multigrain pancakes that offer a nutty goodness, you will find it easy to fill that early-morning void in your stomach. For those looking for something other than pancakes, there are omelets ranging from vegetarian to meat lovers, and even a wild mushroom omelet. This is the sort of eatery where you will find yourself coming back time and again to try every item on the menu.
2919 Crooks Road
Troy, MI 48084
If you are in the Troy area and need some breakfast, then head on over to Recipes. Voted numerous times as one of the best breakfast places in Metro Detroit, pancake lovers will find their passion with five luscious varieties of the breakfast staple. Choices include granola almond, blueberry, wheat germ, chocolate chip and plain. For those who want to try something other than pancakes, one look at the menu will provide all you were hoping to find. From the imaginative omelets to traditional favorites such as eggs benedict, there is something for everyone at Recipes.
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