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Where to Get the Best Pancakes in Sonoma County

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From ancient Romans to millennial brunchers, pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast-time tummy-warmer — and mimosa accomplice. 

Best with Your Dog – Kivelstadt Cellars, Sonoma

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Heather Irwin

Excellent view and doggie-friendly, with outrageously good buttermilk griddle cakes with vanilla bean chantilly and maple syrup. 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-938-7001

The Classic – Dierk’s Parkside Café, Santa Rosa

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Heather Irwin

Simple, fluffy pancakes served up with eggs and bacon at one of Santa Rosa’s fave breakfast spots. 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-573-5955, dierksparkside.com.

Sleeper Hit – Fandee’s Restaurant, Santa Rosa

Rich, fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes are one of my favorites. 7824 Covert Lane, Sebastopol, 707-829-2462, fandeesrestaurant.com.

Best Newcomer – Blue Ridge Kitchen, Sebastopol

Carrot cake pancakes are made with carrot and apple soufflé, cream cheese poppy-seed glaze, golden raisins, candied pecans, and smoked maple syrup. 6770 McKinley St., Ste. 150, Sebastopol, 707-222-5040

Swedish favorite – Stockhome, Petaluma

Swedish pancake with berries and ice cream
Heather Irwin

When is a crepe a pancake? When it’s a Swedish pancake! Thin and sweet, with berries and whipped cream. 220 Western Ave., Petaluma, 707-981-8511

Go Bananas – Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe, Santa Rosa

Banana pancakes with chef Jeffrey’s house-made huckleberry syrup are indulgent. 2901 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-546-6317

High-End Haven – Barndiva, Healdsburg

A crispy polenta cake baked in cast iron and drizzled with warm maple butter. 231 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-431-0100

Fill ’Er Up – Sax’s Joint, Petaluma

Open wide for a pancake the size of a pizza. Using a half-gallon of batter, it’s any child’s dream. 317 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma, 707-559-3021, saxsjoint.com.


By: Heather Irwin