Unlike birthday cake, pancakes can be enjoyed any day of the year, pair impeccably well with savory sausages, and rarely surprise diners by morphing into Marilyn Monroe impersonators. Enjoy dependable, versatile deliciousness with today's deal: for $6, you get $15 worth of pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, and more at Pancake Café, located in Fitchburg. This Groupon cannot be used on Sundays before noon.
For more than 20 years, Pancake Café has been flipping up flapjacks and squeezing fresh orange juice for bleary-eyed breakfast beaus and lunch lovers. The café's namesake nosh comes in sundry sweet and savory varieties, including old-fashioned buttermilk ($6.49), chocolate chip ($7.89), banana nut ($7.89), potato ($7.89), and bacon-stuffed ($7.69). International tastes include the oven-baked German ($9.59), dusted with powdered sugar and served with lemon, and French-inspired crepes ($7.25+) that come filled with assorted fresh fruits and nutritious veggies to help bellies sprout beautiful moustaches. Creatively topped waffles ($6.79+) hail mainly from Belgium, and hearty omelettes ($9.29) lure taste buds away from the holy griddle with down-home flavor combinations such as the southwest, which comes stuffed with tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro. House-made maple syrup threatens to replace ketchup as America's favorite condiment and tastiest shade of lip gloss.
Lunchtime tastes include burgers, salads, and sandwiches, as well as a kid-sized Mickey cake ($3.99) that offers Donald fans an apt opportunity to take down their cartoon competition with a knife and fork. Whether dining for breakfast or lunch, Pancake Café patrons can dive into the menu's main player, the oven-baked apple pancake ($7.99+), which boasts a bubbling center of warm and wise granny smith apples. Hot cups of Hawaiian Kona coffee ($2.10) come topped with whipped cream instead of poi, providing instant energy for mid-meal hula aerobics in front of the dining room's cozy fireplace.
The menu at Pancake Cafe is impressive—almost as impressive as their nine straight awards for Best Breakfast in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison. For breakfast, the staff serves home-style meals such as oven-baked omelets or house-made biscuits and gravy. The eatery’s namesake comes in unexpected varieties, including an award-winning apple pancake that’s baked for 20 minutes with fresh fruit, baker’s sugar, and Sinkiang cinnamon glaze. Pancake Cafe also whips up gluten-free versions and an old-fashioned potato pancake capped with applesauce or sour cream. They even squeeze fresh orange juice by wringing out a traffic cone as aggressively as possible. At lunch, servers put the waffles down for a nap and begin presenting plates of white-albacore tuna melts, Angus burgers, and Chicago-style italian beef sandwiches.