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Best Ways To Celebrate National Pancake Week In Charlotte

February 13, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Every thrifty cook’s favorite, pancakes take many forms around the world. The Germans make them from potatoes, colonial Americans used cornmeal for their johnnycakes and the French developed the delicate crepe and filled it with tasty ingredients. For Americans today, pancakes are a favorite for breakfasts among adults and children alike. In 2013, we celebrate National Pancake Week Feb. 10 to 16, but follow our list to local spots where you can satisfy your pancake hunger every day of the year, even all night long.

Crêpe Cellar Kitchen And Pub
3116 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 910-6543

Inspired by the French breakfast favorite, this small restaurant in the heart of NoDa offers both savory buckwheat crepes and sweet dessert crepes wrapped around a wide variety of tasty fillings. Savory crepes contain such combinations as spinach, wild mushrooms and goat cheese or turkey, apples and brie. Dessert crepes range from a classic crepe suzette in Grand Marnier sauce to a more eclectic offering featuring Nutella and bananas. Hard cider is the traditional drink with crepes and the restaurant stocks several varieties, along with local microbrews and wines.

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Harvest Moon Grille
The Dunhill Hotel
237 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 342-1193

This cutting edge restaurant downtown in the Dunhill Hotel serves locally-sourced foods from farms within 100 miles of Charlotte. Breakfast, served 6:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and brunch, served 6:30 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, feature a variety of pancake offerings both healthy and delicious, including buckwheat pancakes with maple pecan butter; bacon-cheddar pancakes topped with two local eggs; and cinnamon apple crepes with ricotta cheese.  Be sure to order some local bacon or sausage to go with your pancakes. Chef Cassie Parsons raises free-range heritage pigs on her nearby farm and brings pork products directly to the table.

Mattie’s Diner
915 Hamilton St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 376-1020

Housed in a lovingly restored 1948 dining car complete with neon trim hauled in from New Jersey and plunked down opposite the many nightclubs of the N.C. Music Factory, Mattie’s serves an authentic menu of diner classics, from “disco” fries covered in brown gravy (a Jersey favorite) to homestyle meatloaf stuffed with mozzarella. Huge Jersey-style flap jacks are cooked to crispy, fluffy perfection on the flat-top grill right behind the counter, and come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, and banana, as well as the more familiar blueberry and pecan. In true diner fashion, breakfast is available whenever Mattie’s is open, most days 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and all night long on Friday and Saturday.

Terrace Café
4625 Piedmont Row Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 554-6177

Famous for its red velvet waffle drizzled with cream cheese and s’mores French toast, this restaurant in the South Park neighborhood serves breakfast until 2:30 p.m. daily. The kitchen here makes excellent pancakes as well, in a variety of fruit flavors. For kids, Terrace makes special animal-shaped pancakes that have raised this restaurant to star status for family weekend brunch. A second location in South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Village means you’re never too far from delicious pancakes.

Related: Best Brunch Spots In Charlotte

Toast Cafe
2400 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 215-4166

Pancakes (called “flapjacks” here) come in a variety of yummy flavors, such as banana nut, coconut, raspberry walnut, and apple cinnamon. For people with food allergies, Toast offers gluten-free stacks of cakes for a small additional fee. Strictly a breakfast and lunch spot, Toast closes at 3 p.m. on weekdays, at 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Additional locations can be found on Main Street in Davidson and in Ballantyne’s Village at Robinson Farm on Rea Road.

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at

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