Some people say that a pancake is just a pancake. Those people also probably relish in telling toddlers that Santa Claus is really just the Easter Bunny in a costume. And they also haven't been to this legendary Nashville spot, where locals and tourists alike line up for a whopping 23 different pancake choices. The menu includes everything from crepes to buckwheat, banana bread, and Swiss chocolate cakes, plus two fantastic takes on potato pancakes -- one savory, and one made with sweet potatoes and covered with cinnamon-cream syrup.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is a city that doesn't shy away from fried things or powdered sugar, as evidenced in its world-renowned beignets -- which means you know that its pancake game doesn't play. The city's best cakes come from Coulis, a Latin-influenced diner whose short stack is one of this list's tallest and sweetest, such that it tastes only a half step away from a funnel cake, especially thanks to the extra-heavy dusting of powdered sugar.