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Maybe it’s just me, but cool autumn weather makes me really want maple syrup. I knew a girl in high school whose grandparents made their own maple syrup, as in they lived in Vermont (or maybe it was New Hampshire?) and tapped maple trees. That was the best maple syrup I ever had. Naturally, we’re bringing you the best pancakes you haven’t had yet to make your weekend #perfect.


Lincoln’s Waffle Shop

Sure, “pancakes” aren’t in the title, but trust me, they’ve got plenty of pancake options. For $6.95, you can get banana, blueberry, or chocolate chip pancakes. For only $2 extra, you can get two eggs with your dish. Which obviously you should do, for protein reasons. For you early birds, Lincoln’s opens at 5:30 a.m., but even for those of you who can’t bring yourself to get up before the sun, breakfast is served all day long. Hell yeah.


Blue Duck Tavern

I kid you not, Blue Duck Tavern in Georgetown has a pumpkin pancake. GUYS. This is even better than pumpkin beer with sugar on the rim. The pumpkin pancake comes with coffee cream, coffee crumble, and warm spice. This is only the most autumn-appropriate breakfast item you could ever ask for. If you’re not feeling the pancake, their seasonal breakfast menu also includes brioche French toast with caramelized banana and pecan (yum), and Belgian waffles with chestnut purée, spiced apples, and candied ginger.


Market Lunch

Eastern Market’s Market Lunch is famous for their blueberry buckwheat pancakes – which, by the way, you can only get on Saturday. They’re open on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you’re looking to go any other day of the week (and risk not being able to get their blueberry buckwheat pancakes…), they’re open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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The Diner

Of course the Diner in Adams Morgan has to be featured on here. They’re open 24/7, so you can get pancakes if you’re an early riser or if you wake up at around 1 p.m. on the weekends. Hey, we’re not judging you. You can get their buttermilk pancakes either plain or flavored: blueberry, banana nut, or chocolate chip. They’re only $7, and the gluten-free pancakes are just $2 more.


Pete’s Diner

Okay, a stack of three pancakes (plain, banana, blueberry, or strawberry) is only $4.95 at Pete’s Diner in Capitol Hill. And a stack of three chocolate chip or sweet potato pancakes is only $5.95. The best part is that Pete’s is right next to the Library of Congress, so you can spend your morning reading. Oh, and according to a Yelp review, it was pictured in House of Cards. I don’t watch House of Cards so I can’t confirm or deny that statement, but I like to believe Yelp reviews are generally honest about restaurant television appearances.