According to the USDS, the Green Mountain State was responsible for producing almost half of the nation’s maple syrup last year. It produced well over the amount of its neighbors, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York, combined. Whew, that is a lot of syrup. Now, the only question that remains is what to do with all of that sticky good stuff? Well, we might have an answer, so come along as we dive into a stack of the 8 best pancake places in Vermont.
Established in 2003 by Jonny and Benjy Adler, the two had no experience in the food industry. Now, with multiple locations, the Queen City waterfront location is what started it all. Of course, you can get biscuits and gravy and other breakfast classics like hash browns, but pretty much everything else is crepe-themes, like the “Crepe Monsieur with local eggs and ham, Cabot cheddar, and a side of Vermont maple syrup.”
Their pumpkins a fluffy, delicious, and somewhat famous in the area, and all of their breakfasts come with 100 percent authentic Vermont maple syrup at no extra charge. Plus, breakfast is served all-day and everything is freshly prepared and served in a rustic, working sugar house. And when you have finished your blueberry pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, or pumpkin pancakes, you can stop by the gift shop and pick up a pint to go.
At the Chelsea, many of the ingredients for the dishes on their menu come from their farm right down the road. An eclectic menu features locally sourced, hometown, honest food chow served in a classic 1938 railroad-car diner. Their pancakes come four ways—apple-cinnamon, banana, chocolate chip, and blueberry—and, by many accounts, the full stack and half stack options are fluffy and delicious.
When you call yourself a pancake house, you had better be prepared to back it up with some pretty hearty grub, and Johnny Boys doesn’t disappoint, and the coffee is always hot and the portions are hefty, to say the least. Johnny has been slinging the breakfast good stuff since 2003, and menu items include buttermilk pancakes, blueberry pancakes, strawberry pancake roll-ups, chocolate chip pancakes, and banana pancakes, to name a few.
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If you find yourself down in the bucolic southwestern end of the Green Mountain State, hankering for a full stack of fluffy goodness with melty butter and 100 percent Vermont maple syrup, there’s only one place to go. To everyone who knows Bob’s it is a true southwestern Vermont “rite of passage,” and the vintage diner car is only bested by the fluffy full stack or have stack silver dollar pancakes.
It may sound more like a pizza joint than a pancake place, but Papa Pete’s Jumbo Pancakes are kind of famous around these parts. And, as if platter-size buttermilk pancakes weren’t enough, champagne and hard apple cider are on the menu for breakfast, as well as a homemade corned-beef hash that may, in fact, be the best in the state.
The only thing better than homemade apple pie is a thick, fluffy buttermilk pancake smothered in butter and drizzle with maple syrup. Everything here is made fresh to order, and there are at least five kinds of buttermilk pancakes to choose from.
It is hard to argue with pancakes the size of a dinner plate. And when you are craving that fluffy, pan-fried morning cake texture smothered in maple syrup, it's hard to find a better spot than Dot’s.