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Best Pancakes or Waffles in Boston

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Just ate Brunch at Abe and Louie's today. Blueberry pancakes were really good. Blueberries cooked into fluffy pancakes (big portion) and real maple syrup. Accompanied by great coffee.

So I was wondering if anyone has any other favorites in the Boston area for either pancakes or waffles.

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  1. Sweet potato waffle with pecans (weekends only) at Deluxe Town Diner.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      You can get the sweet potato pancakes with pecans every day at Deluxe Town Diner and they *almost* melt in your mouth. That is, they are really freakin' good!

      1. re: Spenbald

        The pancakes are great -- I recommend them over all other pancakes in town -- but the waffles (which they only do on weekends) are out of this world good.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Sounds great - how packed is the place on weekends? We have guests coming next week who would love something like this, but I don't want to drag them somewhere I've never been only to find out that we have to stand outside for 2 hours.

          1. re: magic helmet

            You'll likely have to stand outside (or in the enclosed porch), but not for two hours. A half hour at most, probably more like 15 to 20 minutes. It's a railroad car-style diner, and it fills up quickly (especially from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), but the turnover is pretty good, and if you get there before 10, you'll probably be okay.

        2. re: Spenbald

          Is Deluxe Town Diner the same thing as Deluxe in the South end? I think I am confused. Where is this Deluxe Town Diner you speak of?

          1. re: lemiller610

            On Mt. Auburn in Watertown. Not at all connected to the place in the South End.

      2. Blueberry pancakes at Mul's Diner in South Boston

        1. Wonder Waffle with fresh fruit at Sound Bites.

          1. I really like the pancakes at The Paramount on Charles Street - buttery with nice crispy edges.

            Chocolate chip pancakes (hold the coconut please!) at Soundbites are very good too.

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            1. re: heathermb

              I LOVEEEEEEEEEE THE CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES at paramount made with belgian chocolates. love love love

            2. Can we add French toast to the request too? I've been craving a good version of pancakes and FT, preferably w/ real syrup and maybe with a twist of some sort.

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              1. re: Joanie

                Banana stuffed french toast with date butter at Zaftigs. Challah french toast there is also excellent, but no twist there. I *think* you can get real maple syrup if you ask.

              2. I don't know about "best", but my favorites are definitely done at Deluxe Town. I think Danny's Diner also does a fine version, a stack of two big buttermilk pancakes that comes with most breakfasts as an alternative to toast.

                1. I really like the blue corn pancakes at Deluxe Town Diner. Also, the blueberry-banana pancakes at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe are usually what I crave when I crave pancakes.

                  Man, I will definitely have to try the sweet potato waffle at the DTD next time I'm there.

                  1. Kind of a different thing, but Mr. Crepe in Davis Square makes a mean Liege-style sugar waffle. It's a kind of heavy, yeasted Belgian waffle with a high sugar content that caramelizes when cooked. The crepes aren't half bad either, but the waffles are more my speed.

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                    1. re: finlero

                      Is that the kind they sell at the ski resorts? The "Waffle Haus" place? I love those!!

                      1. re: bella_sarda

                        I believe so. They certainly are quite good. I posted this in another thread on the Boston board a few weeks ago, but they're actually not particularly difficult to make at home. Here's a link to a thread in home cooking:


                    2. I like the pancakes at Newcomb Farms in Milton. They have another place in Quincy that, for some reason, isn't nearly as good. They come in different vfruit and choc. chip versions, but I just like the plain ol' buttermilk kind.

                      1. I really enjoy the fruit topped waffle at Centre St Cafe in JP. The waffle itself is tasty, but what makes the dish wonderous is the crazy-huge portion of fresh fruit and whipped cream on top.

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                        1. re: fbf242

                          Oh, man! How could I have forgotten those? Those waffles are the main reason I trekked out to Centre Street Cafe every other weekend for close to 2 years, even though it took two buses on Sunday schedule to get there. BFP isn't an early riser (or as mad for those waffles as I was) and we've learned that the Cook's Illustrated recipe for raised waffles is as good as Centre Street's, but I do miss that mountain of fresh fruit topped with whipped cream.

                          1. re: Allstonian

                            I second the recommendation of Deluxe Town Diner, although I'm more partial to the buttermilk pancakes myself. If you're near Watertown, you should definitely check it out.

                          2. re: fbf242

                            CSC gets my vote for serious waffling because they offer yeast-raised waffles, which to my mind is the benchmark for serious waffling. I get the fruit on the side.