You’ve probably heard by now that IHOP is rebranding as IHOb, swapping “pancakes” in its name for “burgers.” We don’t appreciate that pancakes are being shortchanged, so here are five other great brunch spots in DC where you can get them:
1833 14th St., NW
This no-fuss 14th Street bar serves some of the best hangover food around. The pancake is no exception. It comes topped with buttermilk-fried chicken, maple roasted pork belly, and pickled jalapenos. If you have more of a sweet tooth, opt for the lemon-ricotta and blueberry version with maple syrup and berry preserves.
2003 Fenwick St., NE
Let’s be real: pancakes don’t need to be fancy. At this Ivy City diner, it’s just the basics. No gourmet preserves or toppings—just butter and good ol’ fashioned maple syrup. Get a small stack (two pancakes) for only $5 or a large stack (four) for $8. If you do want to get decorative, blueberries, chocolate chips, and bananas are an extra buck each.
1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Michael Schlow’s hotel eatery is full of nostalgic American classics. The pancakes, though, are an upgrade from what mom used to make. The fluffy buttermilk rounds are dressed up with caramelized bananas, orange zest, and crushed hazelnuts.
225 Seventh St., SE
Brave the lines at this Southern comfort food institution inside Eastern Market for the blueberry buckwheat pancakes, a weekend-only special. If berries aren’t your speed, try the gluten-free Johnny cakes, pancakes made with corn flour. Keep in mind it’s cash-only.
1601 14th St., NW
Stephen Starr’s ritzy brasserie on 14th Street serves up one of our favorite comfort foods: a feather-light pancake spiked with honey and vanilla that has all the comfort of a stack you’d make in your pajamas. Ask nicely and the kitchen can top them with blueberries or chocolate chips.