Best Pancakes in Kansas City

     Pancakes are an American breakfast tradition, whether you love traditional pancakes with syrup, or you're partial to chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream and cherries, or you opt for the nutritious route with a wheat germ pancake and granola.... no matter your pancake preference, Kansas City's cooks are flipping the best and FASTEST flapjacks around!


Fastest Flapjacks

Chris CakesServing pancake breakfasts across the Midwest with their famous 8” grills, Chris Cakes, of Louisburg, Kansas doesn't just serve up delish pancakes, they’re also world-famous as record-breaking famously fast flapjack flippers! Currently holding the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Flapjack Flippers, Most Pancakes made in an Hour, and Highest Pancake Toss at 24 ft. 2 inches, Chris Cakes is the most entertaining breakfast experience in Kansas City! If you’re a fan of Chris Cakes' fabulous flavor, you can purchase pancake mix at Price Chopper stores across the metro. To watch a video of the fastest flippers and learn more about these one-of-a-kind caterers, visit

BIGGEST Pancakes

The City Diner in the River Market is known for its “you're one of the neighbors” atmosphere and delicious diner fare. Pancake aficionados will revel at the sheer size of the pancakes… all nearly 13 inches in diameter! Finishing one pancake is a feat, finishing two is nearly impossible… but it can be done, as proven by the signatures adorning the walls from customers who are proud to boast the achievement. TIP: The City Diner accepts cash only. The City Diner, 301 Grand Blvd., KCMO. 816.471.5121

Silliest Pancakes

Create-a-faceIHOP is known for their variety of delicious pancakes. Our staff is partial to the Harvest Nut and Grain Pancakes and the Pumpkin Pancakes every autumn, but our children LOVE LOVE LOVE the Create-a-Face Pancake! Children are served a buttermilk pancake with strawberry eyes, a whipped topping nose and a fresh banana smile along with a tube of strawberry yogurt to add your own special touch. Find an IHOP location near you.

Home Style Variety

You won’t leave hungry after a trip to The Big Biscuit. The Big Biscuit offers one of the biggest home style breakfast menus in town, with an entire section devoted just to pancakes. Whatever your pancake preference, you’ll find it at Big Biscuit! A sampling of the choices includes: Buttermilk Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Strawberry Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pecan Pancakes, Banana Pecan, Cranberry Pecan, and the truly decadent Southern Delight with strawberries, bananas, pecans, topped with caramel and whipped cream! The Big Biscuit has two locations (with a third opening on Shawnee Mission Parkways soon): 16506 E 40 Hwy. Independence, MO. 816.478.6958 and 530 N. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO. 816.229.3108

Signature Specialties

With ten local restaurants, First Watch, the Daytime Café, is one of the most popular breakfast restaurants across the metro! You’ll love their delicious and nutritious breakfast menu with an outstanding array of pancakes, crepes, and more. Specialty pancakes include Wheat Germ, Blueberry, Cranberry Nut, Chocolate Chip, Banana Crunch with Granola, Pecan, and our staff favorite… carrot cake! Find a First Watch location near you.

Kansas City Tradition

Winstead's is famous for their steakburgers and Skyscrapers (gigantic ice cream soda and shakes meant to serve four), but they also serve up a delicious classic diner breakfast. Serving Kansas City since 1940, Winstead's serves a classic diner breakfast with the same rock 'n roll style you've come to love at lunch. Play a few tunes on the jukebox and enjoy a Saturday morning breakfast of buttermilk or blueberry pancakes with the family all for less than $4/plate. Find a Winstead's Location near you.

Best Nutritious Pancakes

Eggtc. is known for their eggs… from omelets to Eggs Benedict to any breakfast egg preparation you can imagine, but they also serve a delicious and nutritious pancake! You can order traditional or honey whole wheat pancakes and add banana and nuts, blueberries, chocolate chips or ricotta for $1 more. EggTc. has two locations in the metro: 5107 Main St., KCMO 816.561.0116 and 7182 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS. 913.631.4400. Read their menu here:

Sugar and Spice

For a pleasant breakfast, treat the family to Village Inn. Village Inn serves up delicious buttermilk, banana nut, and their signature cinnamon toast pancakes with just the right combination of sugar and spice! Find a Village Inn location near you.


Favorite Flavors from our Facebook Fans

  • Chris Cakes Funny FacePecan pancakes from Big Biscuit :-) ~ Jennifer Frazier Binney
  • Banana crunch from First Watch! Yum. ~ Ashley Fuller
  • Just a plain old fashioned pancake from Roxanne's in Parkville! And Chris Cakes now has pancake mix at the grocery store- it's yummy! ~ Cortney McQueen
  • I LOVE CHRIS CAKES!!!! AWESOME!! ~ Sonja Miller
  • First Watch pancakes are the best! ~ Missy Hamner Cowley
  • Chris Cakes are definitely the MOST fun! If you have never gone to a Chris Cake fund raiser try it you will like it. ~ Nancy Spear

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