Today's deal warps breakfast into the fantastic second dimension. For $10, you get $20 worth of flat-out awesome, authentic Dutch pancakes and other low-lying breakfast fare at Pannenkoeken Café. Flap your jacks at your choice of either of Pannenkoeken's two low-profile locations, in Lincoln Square or Wicker Park. This deal is not good on Sundays, which is when the pancakes lay their eggs.
Dutch pancakes differ from their American buttermilk brethren in that they're thin, spongy, and meltingly creamy, more crêpe than cake and more plate than pan. Better still, Pannenkoeken permits, even encourages, what the Denny's waitress always strictly forbade: sausage, bacon, and cheese right on top of the pancake. Tear into a salami and havarti cheese rendition ($7.75) or a sausage, cheese, and mushroom variation ($7.95). Sway sweet with a raisin and ginger pannenkoeken ($7.75), or sway the meataphobic with a veggie option that allows three choices from asparagus, broccoli, mushroom, spinach, onion, green pepper, red pepper, and tomato ($8.25). Other breakfast fare includes the Denver omelette with two eggs, ham, onion, green pepper, and cheese ($7.95); oatmeal ($5.75); and whipped-cream–crowned Belgian waffles ($6.95). The best part is when the attentive, amiable staff greets you in the traditional Danish greeting, a folksy combination of semaphore and catchphrases from Kenan & Kel.
- For at least the first visit, pannenkoeks should be mandatory. If you're into golden raisins cooked into the pancake, try it with apples and havarti cheese on top. Meat-lovers can have their cakes with crumbled sausage or grilled salami. – Andy Seifert, Centerstage Chicago
- One of the most unique places is Pannenkoeken Cafe, a mother and daughter-run breakfast and brunch spot...This seven table cafe is undoubtedly European, with the exception of some traditional choices such as omelets, oatmeal, and French toast. – Rudy Segovia, Chicago Brunch Examiner
- This new outpost...is much like the original, though it's slightly bigger and features an outdoor patio for warm-weather dining. The menu looks to be identical, focusing on enormous crepelike pancakes dotted with a choice of toppings ranging from chocolate-banana to apple-ginger to ham, pineapple, and Havarti...Add-on toppings are available—including some that aren't on any of the specialty pancakes—and if I went back I'd ask to substitute a fried egg for the mushroom on the savory pancake we ordered, the only thing I can imagine that would make it better than it was. – Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader
While some reviewers grow impatient with wait times on weekends, more than 100 Yelpers give the Lincoln Square locale four solid stars. Three Citysearchers give Lincoln Square a perfect five-star rating, and 82% of Urbanspooners like it:
- If God exists, and if He has channeled his love for us into food, Pannenkoeken has captured it and put it on their plates...I've never had a more delectable meal for breakfast or brunch. – Colleen R., Yelp
Pannenkoeken Cafe's specialty Dutch-style pancakes draw breakfast and brunch eaters to the teeny, brightly lit eatery. Thinner than a buttermilk pancake, but still slightly thicker than a standard crêpe and abundantly thicker than an unwritten novel about crêpes, the café's namesake cakes come in a mix of savory and sweet varieties, such as grilled salami and havarti cheese or apple and ginger marmalade. Freshly squeezed juice and espresso-fueled beverages pair with any of the dozen pannenkoeken options, omelets, and other breakfast fare on the menu.