By: Jessica Hubble | LCA’s Digital Marketing Specialist
National pancake day is March 5th and since pancakes are one of my favorite foods, I have to celebrate! I could eat pancakes for just about every meal, but since that would be a little excessive, I decided to spend the weekend finding the best places to get my pancake fix in Las Colinas.
My first stop on Friday morningbefore work was Jam + Toast. Jam + Toast is a quaint, polished breakfast spot located at 3351 Regent Blvd. With floor to ceiling windows that let natural light flood in and quiet music playing in the background, it makes for a great place to grab a bite with friends or on your way to work.
I couldn’t resist all the options and ended up ordering two kinds of pancakes to try: strawberry pancakes and banana Nutella pancakes. They came in a stack of three buttermilk pancakesthat were topped with fresh strawberries and freshly made strawberry glaze. This wasn’t the unnaturally red strawberry glaze out of a tub. This was pureed strawberries and sugar thoughtfully made into a delightful sauce. The pancakes were thick but not overly cakey. They were light and fluffy with a dusting of powdered sugar. The banana Nutella pancakes weren’t drowning in Nutella like many restaurants tend to do. They had lots of fresh banana slices on top and a drizzle of Nutella. I didn’t need any syrup with either kind of pancakes, they were perfect just how they came! Service was quick and attentive. I was in and out in 30 minutes.
Whiskey Cake was my next destination and although it’s my go-to favorite for brunch, I had yet to try their pancakes. I chose the banana caramel pancakes. I’m not a big fan of banana flavoring or bananas baked into things, but these pancakes changed my mind. The 3 large, fluffy pancakes were lightly banana flavored butnot overpowered by banana, so it was a great balance. They were topped with homemade whipped cream, dried banana chips, and caramel sauce. The caramel sauce wasn’t thick and heavy like most It had the consistency of syrup, and I didn’t need any maple syrup. The edges of the pancakes were slightly crispy, adding a delightful crunch along with the crunch of the banana chips. A wonderful compliment to the pancakes was a side of Whiskey Cake’s thick cut cherry wood bacon.
Whiskey Cake offers brunch on the weekends from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is located at 3225 Regent Blvd.
The next stop on my list was Cork & Pig. Cork & Pig opened last November at Gables Water Street and they offer brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. They have one of the best locations in Water Street, with a corner spot and a view of the iconic Mustangs and bustling O’Connor Blvd.
I ordered the oatmeal pancakes which came topped with two slices of bacon and candied pecans. The oatmeal was baked into the pancakes, but it did not affect the texture which was airy and silk. This pancake stack combined two comfort foods into one for a familiar, sweet dish. The candied pecans on top complimented the maple syrup beautifully and added the extra element of crunch to the dish.
Cork & Pig has an array of brunch elixirs to choose from. I recommend the Piglet which is half mimosa and half frosé (frozen rosé). This cocktail is a trendy mix of two crowd favorites and is perfect for someone looking to try something new. I personally have never seen or heard of another restaurant that offers a Piglet or something like it.
After 3 days of pancakes, I was far from tired of them. With such different flavors and twists on a classic dish, no two were the same and always left me dreaming about coming back to have them again.