For a while there, pancakes were the ugly stepchild of brunch, homely and ignored. Recently, though, we’ve noticed a revival in the batter department. Pancakes have a whole new look, thanks to inspired renditions from chefs around the city. Here are 10 of our favorites.
The secret behind Beatrix’s light and fluffy lemon pancakes? The batter is whipped and baked like a soufflé for a custardy interior. After one bite you’ll wonder why every pancake isn’t made this way.
519 N. Clark St.; 312-284-1377
Yogurt and blueberry clafoutis help lighten this ethereally fluffy creation at Ēma, where Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors lend themselves well to the all-American breakfast staple. The pancake itself is studded with almonds and pistachios, with a spritz of lemon for added tang.
74 W. Illinois St.; 312-527-5586