Saturday, September 26 is National Pancake Day. It should not be confused with IHOP’s National Pancake Day, which is in March. A great way to celebrate this favorite breakfast meal, is to head out to Montauk to Mr. John’s Pancake House. On Main Street in the heart of Montauk, Mr. John’s has been a fixture in the small fishing and vacation hamlet for more than 30 years. They serve the best pancakes around, and offer quite the variety.
On my last trip I had light and fluffy blueberry pancakes. Other fruit pancakes on the menu include banana nut, pancakes topped with fresh seasonal fruit, or hot apple, strawberry or blueberry compote topped pancakes. For the more adventurous, try Hawaiian pancakes topped with rich pineapple or the coconut filled pancakes with coconut syrup. For the chocolate lover there are chocolate chip pancakes or E.T. pancakes, which is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter chips.
Traditional pancakes and silver dollars are also served, along with the more health conscious whole wheat pancakes with granola, buckwheat pancakes and the cinnamon and raisin pancakes.
Not in the mood for pancakes? Try one of their specialty crepes, like Nutella, or ham and Swiss. Waffles, French toast and a variety of eggs are also available.
If you can’t make it out to Montauk, whip up a batch of pancakes yourself. Be creative. You can mix almost anything in a pancake, so give it a shot, and celebrate National Pancake Day.
Mr. John’s Pancake House is open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serves breakfast and lunch.