What it is: Okonomiyaki, a grilled kitchen sink's worth of Japanese ingredients that all starts with a yam base.
Why it placed where it did: The crêpe covers a diverse range of pancake possibilities, and the American pancake has perfected fluffy texture and sneaking dessert into the AM, but the Japanese pancake reigns supreme because it offers the same fried, batter-y goodness, but loads it up with a powerful array of umami-inducing savories ranging from green onion to squid. And okonomiyaki literally means "what you want grilled", a sentiment that isn't lost in translation.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. He has never been able to finish a plate of bottomless pancakes because IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Follow him to more contradictions at @Dannosphere.