America's Best Brunches
Magnolia Pancake Haus: San Antonio
This Texas crowd-pleaser claims to have the world’s best buttermilk pancakes. The secret: consistent preparation, no substitutions, and the combined efforts of husband-and-wife owners Robert and Sheila Fleming. Robert brings the restaurant know-how, and Sheila, the recipes (she grew up in Munich, hence the haus). Only a few items have roots in the Rhineland, however. The rest are a hodgepodge of the Flemings’ favorite dishes—a Greek-style omelette recipe from Chicago, for instance.
Standout Dish: Munchener Apfel Pfannekuchen, a Bavarian puffed pancake made with Granny Smith apples and topped with whipped cream, according to Sheila’s grandmother’s recipe. It’s one of 10 pancake varieties that include bacon, silver dollar, and chocolate chip.
606 Embassy Oak, Suite 100; (210) 496-0828; magnoliapancakehaus.com; open daily, no reservations