Wherever you stand in the great waffles vs. pancakes debate, know this: Minnesota is a pancake state. Not every breakfast joint you frequent will have a waffle on offer, but a flapjack is mandatory. At Longfellow’s Hi-Lo Diner, this Minnesota staple gets a classic treatment. It’s perfectly golden, never burned, and has the crinkly, lacey edges of a properly cooked cake. The center is light and airy, and though it fills the whole plate, this pancake maintains a consistent thickness, texture, and fluffiness throughout — which makes it structurally sound for stacking. It’s dappled with powdered sugar, topped with a rich scoop of lightly salted butter, and smells like heaven, if heaven were your grandma’s kitchen on a bright Saturday morning. Drizzle with pure maple syrup or bourbon maple syrup. Devour. Die happy.
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