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
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
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
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