Among ways to start the morning, eating a balanced breakfast is second only to jogging with the sheep you counted the night before. Get your stomach off on the right foot with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of baked goods and coffee at Pancake Cafe in Fitchburg. Choose from options valid in February, March, or April.
The recurring winner of Best Breakfast Restaurant by Madison Magazine, Pancake Cafe fortifies morning eaters with steaming cups of Hawaiian Kona coffee and fresh baked goods. Prepared each morning by resident baker Claire, the French-inspired pastries tantalize taste buds in the form of fragrant lemon scones ($1.99) or cinnamon buns ($4.99) doused in cream cheese icing and firmly attached to an edible bust of Princess Leia. Distract teeth from gnawing free verse into tree bark with a morsel of pecan coffee cake ($3.29) or start mornings with a blueberry muffin ($2.99), a fluffy, fist-sized pastry perfect for climbing the muffin top for breakfast or using as a projectile toward loquacious coworkers.
The menu at Pancake Cafe is impressive—almost as impressive as the restaurant's streak of Best Breakfast awards, from 2003-2015, in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison showcase. 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.