Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known in some parts of the world as Pancake Day. To celebrate, I rounded up places where you can get pancakes in Austin. Maybe not today, but you can get ’em.
Counter Café. 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800; 1914 E. Sixth St. 512-351-9961. CounterCafe.com. One hotcake for $3.50 or two for $6.50. Add some blueberries for a little extra.
Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, austinvespaio.com/enoteca. Vespaio’s cute little sister serves semolina-buttermilk pancakes at its Sunday brunch.
Hoover’s Cooking. 2002 Manor Road. 512-479-5006, HooversCooking.com. Banana-nut, buttermilk, blueberry … on Saturdays and Sundays, Hoover’s has your pancake needs covered from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Hyde Park Bar & Grill. 4206 Duval St. 512-458-3168, HPBNG.com. The original Hyde Park location serves a platter with three buttermilk pancakes (you can add strawberries, bananas, pecans, walnuts, blueberries or chocolate chips), two eggs, and bacon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
Kerbey Lane Cafe. Multiple locations. kerbeylanecafe.com. An Austin original that has been interested in conscientious sourcing since before it was popular. Pancake variations include buttermilk, gingerbread, apple whole wheat, blueberry and rotating specials. You can also get a gluten-free version.
Magnolia Cafe. 1920 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-0000; 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-478-8645, themagnoliacafe.com. Funky and fun, this place is a testament to the fact that pancakes taste good any time of day. Variations include gingerbread, buttermilk, whole wheat, and cornmeal.
Olivia. 2043 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-804-2700, olivia-austin.com. James Holmes farm-to-table restaurant serves pancakes with berries, whipped cream, and vanilla or cinnamon syrup during Saturday and Sunday brunch that starts at 10 a.m.
Omelettry. 4811 Burnet Rd. 512-453-5062, theomelettry.com. This cash-only Rosedale favorite serves buttermilk, whole wheat and gingerbread pancakes, to which you can add bananas, blueberries, pecans, raisins or chocolate chips. They’re still slinging pancakes where they have been for 37 years on Burnet Road, but they’ll be moving to Airport Boulevard later this year.
Sawyer & Co. 4827 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-531-9033, sawyerand.co. The New Orleans-inspired diner in East Austin serves buttermilk pancakes all day.
Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, TexasFrenchBread.com. Banana-walnut pancakes for $10 from this bakery-by-day and bistro-by-night.
Trace at the W Hotel Austin. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The sophisticated and airy restaurant at the W serves a plate of buttermilk pancakes with seasonal fruit jam, walnuts, and maple syrup.
Trio at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, triorestaurantaustin.com The restaurant in the lakeside hotel serves, fittingly, a trio of pancakes: banana-blueberry, gingerbread, and oatmeal-pecan.
Zocalo. 1110 W. Lynn St. 512-472-8226, zocalocafe.com. TheGalaxy Café owners put a fresh spin on Tex-Mex and also serve a weekend brunch starting at 10 a.m. that includes three buttermilk pancakes served with fruit and the choice of bacon, sausage or grilled potatoes.
Am I missing one of your favorites? Tell me in the comments.