Good news: September 26 is National Pancake Day! But wait—pancake-lovers, rejoice! September 26 is actually the second National Pancake Day of the year. Yes, this syrupy holiday is also celebrated annually on February 25 as well, because you can never have too many pancakes. Get your second celebratory stack by choosing from the wide variety of pancakes offered by restaurants in New Orleans, with options ranging from classic buttermilk to banana pancakes to cupcake pancakes. There is no shortage of breakfast or brunch places in New Orleans to choose from to properly celebrate this most magnificent (second) day of pancakes. Refer to the list below for some of the best pancake spots around.
The Ruby Slipper
The Ruby Slipper opened in Mid-City in May 2008, and after its overwhelming success, opened other locations in the Marigny, CBD, French Quarter, Metairie, and Uptown—and even spread to other states, including Florida and Alabama. They offer a wide range of pancakes, such as classic buttermilk for $10, banana pecan for $11, bacon praline for $12, and cinnamon swirl for $12. Some of their locations are still temporarily closed now, so click here to view the addresses, hours, phone numbers, and opening status for each of their restaurants.
Waffles on Maple
Don't be misled by this restaurant's name—they also serve delicious pancakes! Waffles on Maple has offered a welcoming place for families to enjoy sweet breakfast, lunch, and dinner since 2014. They offer a pancake stack of four pancakes for $5.99 and a pancake combo, which includes three packages, two eggs any style, and grits, for $9.99. If you're more of a fan of those super-thin pancakes that we all refer to as crepes, this restaurant has plenty of those as well. The Uptown location is currently closed, but the Metairie location is open Sunday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4650 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 510-4900, wafflesonmaple.com
Monty's is located on Jackson Square and presents classic breakfast and brunch foods with a New Orleans twist. They offer sweet cream pancakes, which come with a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham, for $13, and traditional pancakes on the kids' menu for $7. Monty's also offers other delicious items, such as beignet fries and king cake beignets, each for $9, which just might be the next best thing to pancakes. Monty's truly captures the New Orleans culture and spirit in their cuisine. 801 Decatur St., (504) 525-4478, montysonthesquare.com
Bearcat Cafe offers a divided menu, with a "Good Cat" section for lighter and healthier dishes and a "Bad Cat" section for more guilty-pleasure options. Indulge your inner naughty kitty with their Bananas Foster pancakes with vanilla cream for $12; their short stack, which comes with two small pancakes with cultured butter, for $6; or their vegan pancakes with blueberries for $14. Or choose from any number of other delicious dishes, including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or gluten-free selections that can accommodate customers of all diets. Bearcat Cafe has a dish perfect for you, especially on National Pancake Day. Multiple locations, bearcatcafe.com
iHopWhat list of pancakes would be complete without this go-to spot? iHop offers a wide variety of pancakes, such as cupcake pancakes, strawberry banana pancakes, chocolate chocolate chip pancakes, cheesecake pancakes, and so much more. And don't let your dietary restrictions keep you from indulging—they even offer "gluten-friendly" pancakes! Click here to see the full menu. There are also full meals with pancakes, such as the Breakfast Sampler, which includes two eggs; a choice between two bacon strips, two sausage links, and two pieces of ham; hash browns; and two pancakes—all for just $9.99. Check your nearest iHop to view the address, hours, and phone number.ihop.com