We asked our readers for recommendations for the best pancakes in the Champaign-Urbana metro area, and they responded with enthusiasm. We collected the responses from Facebook and curated them for you here.
Many of you said that you or your spouses make the best pancakes ever, but sorry, we didn’t include those (do let us know if you’re opening a restaurant any time soon).
These recommendations are those of our readers and do not constitute endorsements by chambanamoms.com.
THE OVERWHELMING FAVORITE
The Original House of Pancakes, Champaign:
“On the rare occasion we go out for breakfast it would have to be OHOP for sure! The cinnamon raisin pancakes are killer.”
“Pumpkin pancakes from OHOP are an autumn requirement. The seasonal availability makes them so much more special.”
“Original Pancake House since I was 10. NOTHING else compares!!!”
The Original House of Pancakes is located in the Round Barn Center, off Springfield Avenue. Our tips: get there early on holidays or weekends if you don’t like waiting in long lines. Or treat yourself to breakfast — or our favorite, breakfast-for-lunch — on a weekday and you won’t need to worry. Their 2017 expansion added some seats and revamped their kitchen to help meet demand that shows no sign of slowing down. They’ve had plenty of practice during 2020 packaging pancakes for take-out as well.
Le Peep, Champaign: “Le Peep’s pancakes are the closest I can find in this town to Aunt Sonya’s.” (Editor’s note: RIP, Aunt Sonya’s.) 2209 S. Neil Street
El Toro Bravo, Champaign: “El Toro Bravo breakfast is awesome! Love their pancakes!” (Note: only the Springfield El Toro location serves breakfast, and only on Fri-Sun.) 2561 W. Springfield Avenue
Denny’s, Champaign and Tuscola area locations: “Denny’s has unlimited pancakes for $4. And they are fantastic.”
Sammy’s Pancake House, Champaign: “They come as a side with basically the entire breakfast menu and they are amazing!” 1206 N. Mattis Ave.
Courier Cafe, Urbana: “Courier, hands down.” 111 N. Race St.
AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Applebees, Savoy: “I’m not saying they’re the best pancakes, but they’re always serving a good cause.” Our local Applebees regularly hosts “Short Stack for a Tall Cause” fundraisers for local groups, usually on Saturday mornings, where group members serve your meal and receive a cut of the proceeds. 1201 N. Dunlap Ave.
Do you have a pancake recommendation to add? Email us to let us know!