Say what you want about basic b*tch PSLs and decorative gourd season, but personally I love an autumnal treat. Caramel apples, butternut squash soup, bourbon-y ciders – I’m cloaked in flannel and ready to consume. 

But my favorite October / November novelty nosh is pumpkin pancakes. The perfect mix of sweet and savory, they are the ideal breakfast centerpiece bordered by hot coffee and a greasy meat.

Maybe 2020 squashed fall spirit for some spots, or maybe half the country has an aversion to the color orange, but I had to search a little harder this year to find my spicy slap jacks. 

Here’s a list of five places with the somewhat-elusive-this-year pumpkin pancakes:

1. Cafe Agora

Menomonee Falls

Cafe Agora is flipping stacks of pumpkin spice pancakes topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, and / or pecans. Indoor and outdoor seating available.  Go here for more info.

2. Denny’s

Multiple locations

Denny’s carved out a new menu item this year with the Pumpkin Pancake Meal that includes cakes, eggs, taters and your choice of meat. With 1,700 locations in the country and eight in Milwaukee County, there’s most likely a Denny’s near you.

3. First Watch 

Multiple locations

First Watch is racking up rave online reviews for their healthy-ish Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast that comes with two cage-free eggs, one large spiced pumpkin pancake and an all-natural savory chicken sausage patty. The Florida-based First Watch now has two suburban Milwaukee locations: Oak Creek and Mequon. Get the deets here.

4. Original Pancake House

2621 N. Downer Ave.

The Original Pancake House has pancakes as a main meal or can be substituted as a side with your omelet, hash or other breakfast specialties. Seasonal Nutella crepes are also temporarily on the menu. Indoor and outdoor seating available; to-go orders welcome. More.

5. Rainbow Restaurant

New Berlin

This gem of a diner has been around since 1979 and has served up pumpkin pancakes and waffles every autumn for decades. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Find out more here.

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