"Award winning." "World famous." "Fluffier, more flavorful." Restaurants around the country certainly don't hold back when it comes to boasting about the pancakes they serve. But sometimes what the waitress delivers you doesn't live up to hype. If you're a fan of flapjacks, read our new restaurant report to find the best place to grab a stack of during your family travels this summer.
Our trained tasters recently ate buttermilk pancakes at five family restaurants, including Cracker Barrel, Denny's, and IHOP. For the mouth-watering taste- test results, read Flapjacks to flip over? (available to subscribers).
Some pancakes in the taste-off had inviting crispy edges a browned, buttery flavor, while others lacked a from-scratch appeal and tasted like they were made from a boxed mix.
We also pitted real maple syrup against table syrup--a chain-restaurant staple that's typically a concoction with corn syrup, caramel color, gums, and artificial flavorings. If you're sweet on syrup, read Maple syrup vs. pancake syrup.
Our restaurant report, America's best restaurant chains (available to subscribers), includes our pancake and syrup coverage plus Ratings of 102 of the biggest eateries and tips on how to save when you dine out.