Celebrate National Pancake Day by visiting some of the best pancake spots in the country.
National Pancake Day is one of those unofficial "food holidays" whose actual date is a little debated. Some establishments celebrate on the Tuesday before Lent while IHOP is celebrating this year on Feb. 27 with an offer of a free stack of pancakes for all its guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Really, there are no rules when it comes to flapjacks — Pancake Day can happen any time you're craving a short stack topped with butter and maple syrup.
If firing up the griddle or mixing a batch of batter from scratch isn't your cup of tea, there are luckily several excellent pancake houses across the U.S.
Based on Yelp data ranking restaurants based on ratings and reviews that mention the word "pancakes," here are the top 25 pancake spots in the U.S.
25. Meals From The Heart Cafe
New Orleans, Louisiana
The brunch spot in New Orleans serves up pancakes and other food items, offering gluten-free and vegan options as well.
24. Al's Breakfast
Quarters are tight at Al's Breakfast, but the breakfast makes it worth the squeeze at this Minnesota diner.
23. Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery
Colorado Springs, Colorado
22. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
The Cincinnati breakfast restaurant offers lemon ricotta and blueberry granola pancakes.
21. Blue's Egg
Blue's Egg is the perfect place to indulge in a side of pancakes at brunch.
20. Egg Headz Café
Tinley Park, Illinois
The always-busy Egg Headz Café has several specialty pancakes and also offers pancakes as a side option for other breakfast dishes.
19. Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
This Chicago-based establishment's specialty pancakes include blueberry Danish and caramel apple pecan flavors.
18. Hawaiian Style Cafe
Pancakes are on offer as a side for most of the meals at this popular Hawaii restaurant.
17. Morning Glory
Yelp reviewers report huge portions and good pancakes here.
Old Bridge Township, New Jersey
Known for its Polish fare, Comfi in New Jersey has a variety of pancakes, including traditional buttermilk, flapjacks flavored with Oreo and s’mores and — though not made of eggs and flour — potato pancakes.
15. Café Talya
Bayonne, New Jersey
The New Jersey cafe has everything you could want for breakfast and lunch.
14. Downtown Café
Downtown Café specializes in something called "Michigan pancakes," which are stuffed with fruit and nuts, according to Yelp reviewers.
13. Penny Cluse Café
A place where pancakes for the table are a necessity.
12. 101 Diner
11. Baja Café
The pancakes here come covered in just enough whipped cream.
10. Doreen's Cup of Joe
Marco Island, Florida
The pancake list takes up nearly an entire menu column – you can try anything from key lime to cranberry pecan pancakes.
9. The Local
Yelpers call these pancakes “the best ever.”
8. Con Huevos
While eggs are unsurprisingly the star of this restaurant, pancakes shine, too.
7. Katrina's Café
Highly recommended here are the lemon pancakes that come with raspberry jam.
6. Crockett's 1875 Breakfast Camp
American explorers needed their pancakes — and so do you.
5. Monell's Dining & Catering
A place for people to live out their Southern-food dreams.
4. Palmer's Village Café
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
For even more Southern food, hit up Palmer's Village Café — grits, crab cakes and, of course, pancakes.
3. Central Grill and Coffee House
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apart from excellent traditional New Mexican food, the blueberry pancakes here are top notch, according to Yelp.
2. Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro
Word of mouth has it that this restaurant specializes in something that will make you book a ticket to Salem right away: cinnamon roll pancakes.
1. 808 Grindz Café
This place is famous for its macadamia nut pancakes that come with a special sauce. Guess you'll have to book a ticket to Hawaii, too.