Food & Drink

7 San Diego Pancakes You Absolutely Must Try

Published On 03/02/2015 Published On 03/02/2015
Erin Jackson/Thrillist

Pancakes don’t have to try hard to taste delicious... most times, a little syrup is all you really need to make them sing. But that doesn't mean they can't sing louder (if your pancakes are literally singing, don't eat them, as they may not be actually pancakes). Here are seven SD pancakes that go above and beyond the heights reached by lesser breakfast foodstuffs.

Berry ricotta pancakes

Hanna’s Gourmet (address and info)
University Heights
Ricotta cheese adds a touch of tang to these light and fluffy pancakes topped with chocolate sauce, but the best part is there are so many raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries on top that you get a burst of sweet, fruity goodness in every single bite. Just be prepared to defend them from your tablemates’ wandering forks.

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Candy apple pancakes

Snooze (address and info)
Multiple locations
Super-sweet pancakes are a core component of the menu at Snooze, but none of them come close to the candy apple pancake, with caramelized apples baked into the batter and whipped mascarpone, spiced pie crumble, and caramel glaze spooned, sprinkled, and swirled on top. True to its name, it captures all the joy of eating a candy apple WITHOUT the risk of ripping out a filling. Hot tip: this particular ‘cake is a seasonal special, so it will only stick around until April. You know what to do.

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Tiramisu pancakes

Cafe 21 (address and info)
Gaslamp Quarter
Cafe 21’s show-stopping cocoa-infused tiramisu pancakes are plated with espresso syrup, homemade chocolate drizzle, and mounds of mascarpone & cocoa whipped cream. YES, this is considered breakfast! Half-size portions are also available, and you don’t need to wait until the weekend to indulge -- they’re available every day from 8am-3pm. Why haven't you left yet?

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Ricotta pancakes

Jsix (address and info)
East Village
Your first clue that this isn’t an ordinary serving of pancakes is the whipped cream on top. It doesn’t stop there! Mixed into the batter, there’s so much ricotta cheese that this medium-sized stack practically eats like a slice of cheesecake. Your food coma awaits.

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Bourbon Dutch Pancakes

The Patio on Lamont (address and info) and The Patio on Goldfinch (address and info)
Pacific Beach and Mission Hills
The Patio’s Bourbon Dutch Pancakes are significantly thicker and more cake-like than most, with caramelized bananas and apples baked right into the batter... BUT IT GETS BETTER. On top, you get fluffy chantilly cream, a seasonal berry compote, and a mix of agave & maple syrup.

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Pancakes con Ricotta e Limone

Davanti Enoteca (address and info)
Multiple locations
In case you haven't noticed, some well-used ricotta is one route to the top of the pancake game. A generous drizzle of lemon curd and wild blueberries amp up the flavor of this tasty trio of perfectly griddled, golden brown ricotta pancakes from Davanti Enoteca. The only bummer is they come three to a serving (the ideal portion size is closer to 17).

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Apple Butter Hot Cakes

100 Wines (address and info)
If you’re prone to indecision between sweet or savory dishes at brunch time, then order this pancake plate from 100 Wines. You’ll score three fluffy pancakes boosted with apple butter and topped with tart cherry compote (plus a friendly little foursome of maple sausages). It’s the best of both worlds! Oh, and they have mimosas for $1.

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1. Hanna’s Gourmet 2864 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (University Heights)

This multi-national kitchen in University Heights features dishes from France, Morocco, India, and beyond. Hanna's started as a catering company, but due to high demand a brick and mortar space was created to serve dinner and brunch five days a week. The menu is constantly changing to highlight different regions, and family-style dinners are offered periodically for a fixed price.

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2. Cafe 21 750 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Extending their reach from 2121 Adams Ave, the twice-as-big, brick walled Gaslamp locale's outfitted with laser-cut metal, classic Turkish designs, and is serving up everything from sandwiches and kabobs to ridiculous, decadent brunch fare. There's a whole section of the drink menu devoted to Bloody Mary and Mimosa variations, giving you ultimate customization opportunities. Be sure to stop by for happy hour when there are 21 tapas to mix and match.

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3. Jsix Restaurant 616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

This resto places emphasis on locally-grown ingredients in its seasonally-inspired cuisine. There's even an herb garden on the roof, which is about as locally-grown as you can get.

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4. The Patio 4445 Lamont St, Pacific Beach, CA 92109

Munch on braised beef short rib and Portuguese garlic shrimp at this resto on Lamont. The cocktail list features inventive tipples like the Mr. Chow, with gin, sake, cucumber, lime, and a dash of sriracha.

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5. 100 Wines Hillcrest 1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Mediterranean cuisine with lots of good wine pairings.