February 13th is International Pancake Day–but who really needs a reason to dig in to a stack of yummy flapjacks at one of our fave breakfast spots? We know there are plenty of restaurant chains where you can satisfy that urge for pancakes. However, we’ve found 10 local breakfast spots that add a creative (or healthy) twist to the beloved breakfast item. From strawberries and cream and apple pie pancakes to Reese’s and ice cream topped pancakes, scroll down to find where to stack ’em up.

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Breakfast Republic

You’ll flip over the pancake flights at this local eatery. A flight is three pancakes, where you can mix and match flavors. We recommend the Oreo pancake with cookie crumbles and cream. Likewise, try the cinnamon roll pancake or pineapple upside down pancakes (family favorites). With so many yummy choices, everyone leaves satisfied and full.

Pancakes: three per plate, $7 to $11
Hours: daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Seven San Diego Locations: breakfastrepublicca.com

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Farmer's Table La Mesa

If your crew prefers sweet pancakes, then the Reese's and ice cream pancakes topped with Reese's chunks and spread are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. You can also order them vegan or gluten-free! Plus, feel good about the local organic eggs and other wholesome ingredients.

Pancakes: buttermilk, $8; specialty, $12-$13
Hours: daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

8141 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca
Online: farmerstablelamesa.com

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Fig Tree Cafe

Little eaters can dine on the kids' pancakes that come with the option to add strawberries or bananas. While grown-ups will delight in the Fesas Con Crema pancakes made with strawberry cream and fresh strawberries. Bonus: this eatery uses local food sources such as a family ranch in Ramona who supplies their eggs.

Pancakes: kids, $7; others, $10-$12
Hours: vary by location

Locations: Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station
Online: figtreeeatery.com

Naked Cafe

Interested in healthier options? Try the Naked Cafe. First, choose between a basic buttermilk or organic whole grain gluten-free batter for your pancakes. Then, add the toppings of your choice from wild blueberry to toasted coconut and mango. Moreover, there are vegan pancakes too. And kids love the buttermilk pancake in the shape of that famous mouse and topped with whipped cream.

Pancakes: kids, $7.50; other, $9-$9.50
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Locations: Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Point Loma
Online: thenakedcafe.com

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The Original Pancake House

Go traditional with a fluffy buttermilk short stack topped with maple syrup and butter. Kids will go crazy for the chocolate chip pancakes served with chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Grown-ups will dig the Dutch pancake which is fluffy and topped with lemon. Whatever you eat, you'll leave with that pancake urge satisfied.

Pancakes: stack, $8.25-$11.25
Hours: daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Locations: Encinitas, Poway, Vista, San Diego
Online: originalpancakehouse.com

Snooze Eatery

Soar into this AM Eatery that offers three choices of pancake flights. If you love lots of toppings and sweet sauces, then this is your pancake hot spot. In all honesty, the blueberry Danish pancakes and chocolate chip are our faves. Other Snooze creations include peanut butter pancakes, streusel and pineapple upside down pancake. Plus, they have a "pancake of the day." Down these buttermilk wonders in a delightful atmosphere sparked with bright colors to start the day off in good cheer.

Pancakes: single, $8.75; flight, $10.75
Hours: daily, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

3435 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: snoozeeatery.com

La Jolla Village
8861 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla, Ca

Claire's on Cedros

What's a good way to get your half-pint to eat a multi-grain pancake? Easy, just head to Claire's on Cedros. For one thing, kids chow down these pancakes topped with powdered sugar and chocolate chips. Even more, they have pumpkin, Oreo cookie and cinnamon varieties to boot. And if you really love the pancakes, you can buy the pancake mix there too.

Pancakes: stack of three, $11-$12
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Claire's on Cedros
246 N. Cedros Ave.
Solona Beach, Ca
Online: clairesoncedros.com

The Mission

Strawberries and bananas... please. Likewise, the blueberries get mixed right into the batter of these big and delicious pancakes that are sized to share. On the other hand, the good old naked pancake is light and fluffy with maple syrup (on the side). The Mission gets busy, so arrive early or be prepared to wait for a table.

Pancakes: $7.25-$8.50
Hours: daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Locations: Mission Beach, North Park, and SoMa East Village
Online: themissionsd.com

Richard Walker's Pancake House

Whether you like your flapjacks topped with bananas, pecans, blueberries or even chocolate chips, you'll love these light and fluffy crafted treats. If you're looking for a pancake with a twist, order the apple pancake pie. It takes twenty minutes to bake, but it's well worth the wait! Plus, there are gluten- and peanut-free options too.

Pancakes: baked apple pancake, $13.95; other pancakes, $8.95-$11.95
Hours: daily, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

520 Front St.
San Diego, Ca
Online: richardwalkers.com

909 Prospect St.
La Jolla, Ca

Brian's 24

Seeking ginormous pancakes? Yep, this is your breakfast joint. Not only do they taste good, but they come in many flavors, from basic buttermilk and fruit to Lucky Charms and PB & J. First head down for breakfast, then go to The New Children's Museum to round out the day.

Pancake: stack of three (they're huge!), $9-$12
Hours: daily, 24/7

Gaslamp Neighborhood
828 6th Ave.
San Diego, Ca
Online: brians24.com

Where’s your favorite place to order pancakes in San Diego? Tell us in the comments.

—Nikki Walsh


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