It's a cliche to say certain places make it feel like you've "stepped back in time," so we'll just say that when you see the burnt-orange stools and wood paneling at Village Coffee, you'll feel like you've stepped into Boulder circa 1971, when the joint opened and unleashed the same pancake recipe used today. There are but three pancake varieties here: buttermilk, blueberry, and chocolate chip. All are the size of a dinner plate. Pair 'em with eggs or bacon, or just show up on the weekend when they sometimes serve a "mancake special," where they stuff their enormous pancakes with bacon, ham, and sausage. If you ask nicely, they can also prepare it whenever you want.
Big Sky, MT
The Inn on the Gallatin might look like a Bates-y little row of cabins and RV spots on a stretch of a river in the middle of nowhere, mainly because that's exactly what it is. But the cafe in the faux log cabin lit by the neon vacancy sign pops out some of the best damned breakfast in the state, a mix of comfort food and honest-to-goodness fanciness that's as unexpected as it is delicious. The classic Benedict is great, but the pancakes are the clear winner here (also, this list is about pancakes!), stacked up old-school buttermilk-style, loaded with blueberries and pecans, or French-style in the form of banana/Nutella crepes. Save room for a fresh-baked cinnamon roll, which is best eaten on the banks of the river.