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Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
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15 Places for Essential Pancakes in D.C.

From greasy spoons to trendy brunch destinations

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Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
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Pancakes are breakfast’s blank canvas, easily customized by chefs and eaters alike. They can be beautifully simple with a buttermilk base and syrup, or decadent creations filled with fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips.

This classic breakfast comfort food appears on diner and greasy spoon menus like the Florida Avenue Grill and Jimmy T’s Place. In a city that puts a premium on brunch, they’re also at trendier dining rooms like Le Diplomate and Blue Duck Tavern. Trusty neighborhood destinations for pancakes include Mark’s Kitchen in Takoma Park, Commissary in Logan Circle, and the Market Lunch in Eastern Market.

These are the places around D.C. to satisfy pancake cravings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Original Pancake House

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7700 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-0285
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The Bethesda outpost of the national chain nails traditional pancakes in myriad flavors and is one of the few places in town to find sides of properly browned shredded hashbrowns. Weekend mornings generate a packed house and long waits. —Gabe Hiatt

2. Mark's Kitchen

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7006 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-1884
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This tiny Takoma Park neighborhood spot has an outsize pancake menu. Buttermilk or organic buckwheat pancakes come with health-centric add-ons like mango, sweet potato, green tea, and ginger. Try the stuffed half moon pancake roll.

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3. The Coupe

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3415 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3342
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Known for its (very big) all-day breakfasts, this sunny Columbia Heights spot serves a five-high buttermilk flapjack stack with blueberry or chocolate chip options.

The facade of the Coupe in Columbia Heights
Outside the Coupe in Columbia Heights
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4. Florida Avenue Grill

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1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1586
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This D.C. soul food classic has fed hungry breakfast goers since 1944. The Grill serves an all-day breakfast that includes two large, cinnamon-sugar-topped hot cakes. Try the Miss Bertha’s Breakfast Special: two hot cakes, two eggs, meat, apples, home fries, or grits for a reasonable $11.95.

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5. Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1751
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This 14th Street favorite serves a not-for-the-health-conscious buttermilk fried chicken pancake dish, smothered with maple-roasted pork belly and pickled jalapenos, on its weekend brunch menu. There is also a lighter, rotating pancake with a veggie or a meat filling.

6. The Riggsby

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1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 787-1500
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Though it calls itself a supper club, this retro-inspired restaurant offers breakfast seven days a week. Order up a plate of blueberry buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon-orange nutmeg butter.

7. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Le Dip’s weekend brunch menu skews classic French bistro, but the buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup show that this perennial hotspot does classic American fare just as well.

8. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 299-0018
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The casual Logan Circle spot has an entire menu section dedicated to pancakes, from potato pancakes to buttermilk and gluten free, plus toppings like peach compote and blueberries.

9. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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Cinnamon roll monkey bread and the dry-aged burger may be this clubby restaurant’s biggest claims to fame for brunch, but the malted chocolate chip pancakes with bananas and whipped cream hold their own. And for those who define “pancake” more broadly, the restaurant also turns out a nice cheese blintz with berry preserves.

10. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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Unconventional Diner has one of the strongest and most creative brunch games in town. Its blueberry pancakes with vanilla mascarpone, lavender, and candied ginger are one reason why.

11. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Pancakes at this legendary, local-sourcing hotel restaurant in the West End change seasonally and are served with pure maple syrup. One example is a lemon poppyseed variety with blueberry compote.

12. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 367-9600
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This vegetable-centric diner on H Street sells plain pancakes and three specialty flavors: blueberry, carrot cake, and banana Nutella. —Gabe Hiatt

Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
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13. Jimmy T's Place

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501 E Capitol St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 546-3646

A greasy spoon to the core, Jimmy T's caters to Capitol Hill crowds looking for cheap, quick pancakes without bells and whistles.

Jimmy T’s Place
Jimmy T’s Place
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14. The Market Lunch

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225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547-8444

The blueberry buckwheat pancakes at this Eastern Market lunch counter are legendary. They also offer varieties like buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, and gluten-free Johnny cakes. Add-ons include chopped pecans and homemade whipped cream on top.

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15. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

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505 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-8337
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Ted’s serves a reliably good all-day breakfast. Its fluffy pancake stack comes with two eggs and hash browns. Note for parents and the young at heart: The kid’s menu has an adorable Mr. Breakfast pancake — with bacon “mouth,” fruit “eyes” and an egg.

1. The Original Pancake House

7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

The Bethesda outpost of the national chain nails traditional pancakes in myriad flavors and is one of the few places in town to find sides of properly browned shredded hashbrowns. Weekend mornings generate a packed house and long waits. —Gabe Hiatt

7700 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Mark's Kitchen

7006 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Mark’s Kitchen [official]

This tiny Takoma Park neighborhood spot has an outsize pancake menu. Buttermilk or organic buckwheat pancakes come with health-centric add-ons like mango, sweet potato, green tea, and ginger. Try the stuffed half moon pancake roll.

7006 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

3. The Coupe

3415 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
The facade of the Coupe in Columbia Heights
Outside the Coupe in Columbia Heights
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Known for its (very big) all-day breakfasts, this sunny Columbia Heights spot serves a five-high buttermilk flapjack stack with blueberry or chocolate chip options.

3415 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

4. Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
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This D.C. soul food classic has fed hungry breakfast goers since 1944. The Grill serves an all-day breakfast that includes two large, cinnamon-sugar-topped hot cakes. Try the Miss Bertha’s Breakfast Special: two hot cakes, two eggs, meat, apples, home fries, or grits for a reasonable $11.95.

1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This 14th Street favorite serves a not-for-the-health-conscious buttermilk fried chicken pancake dish, smothered with maple-roasted pork belly and pickled jalapenos, on its weekend brunch menu. There is also a lighter, rotating pancake with a veggie or a meat filling.

1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. The Riggsby

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Though it calls itself a supper club, this retro-inspired restaurant offers breakfast seven days a week. Order up a plate of blueberry buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon-orange nutmeg butter.

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Le Dip’s weekend brunch menu skews classic French bistro, but the buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup show that this perennial hotspot does classic American fare just as well.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The casual Logan Circle spot has an entire menu section dedicated to pancakes, from potato pancakes to buttermilk and gluten free, plus toppings like peach compote and blueberries.

1443 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cinnamon roll monkey bread and the dry-aged burger may be this clubby restaurant’s biggest claims to fame for brunch, but the malted chocolate chip pancakes with bananas and whipped cream hold their own. And for those who define “pancake” more broadly, the restaurant also turns out a nice cheese blintz with berry preserves.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Unconventional Diner has one of the strongest and most creative brunch games in town. Its blueberry pancakes with vanilla mascarpone, lavender, and candied ginger are one reason why.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Pancakes at this legendary, local-sourcing hotel restaurant in the West End change seasonally and are served with pure maple syrup. One example is a lemon poppyseed variety with blueberry compote.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

12. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
Chocolate cookie dough pancakes at Fare Well
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This vegetable-centric diner on H Street sells plain pancakes and three specialty flavors: blueberry, carrot cake, and banana Nutella. —Gabe Hiatt

406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Jimmy T's Place

501 E Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Jimmy T’s Place
Jimmy T’s Place
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A greasy spoon to the core, Jimmy T's caters to Capitol Hill crowds looking for cheap, quick pancakes without bells and whistles.

501 E Capitol St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. The Market Lunch

225 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Market Lunch [official]

The blueberry buckwheat pancakes at this Eastern Market lunch counter are legendary. They also offer varieties like buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, and gluten-free Johnny cakes. Add-ons include chopped pecans and homemade whipped cream on top.

225 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

505 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Ted’s serves a reliably good all-day breakfast. Its fluffy pancake stack comes with two eggs and hash browns. Note for parents and the young at heart: The kid’s menu has an adorable Mr. Breakfast pancake — with bacon “mouth,” fruit “eyes” and an egg.

505 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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