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National Pancake Week is being observed and Sacramentans are heading to their favorite restaurants to celebrate. Don’t end up at a chain restaurant eating the same old pancakes this year; it’s time to enjoy the holiday with real pancakes.

816 12th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-9655

As all professional eaters can tell you, the only way to celebrate National Pancake Week is with a gigantic pancake. Jim-Denny’s offers the “Hubcap,” a 17-inch pancake that was tackled by “Man vs. Food” in September 2010. For those who prefer their pancakes with a side of protein, the “Hubcap with Spokes” adds six sausage links or bacon strips and one egg on top of the massive pancake.

Black Bear Diner
2700 El Centro Road
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 641-2327

For pancakes that require no syrup, head to Black Bear Diner for its sweet cream pancakes. The addition of sweet cream to traditional pancake mix makes these pancakes decadent and filling. Black Bear gives patrons the option of adding fresh blueberries and whipped cream to the pancakes. Make sure you have an appetite or are ready to take leftovers home, as all portions at Black Bear are very generous.

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Orphan Breakfast House
3440 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-7370

If you are in search of natural ingredients and a lot of taste without a lot of fat, then head over to the Orphan, where all items on the menu are low fat and low sodium, but still pack a lot of flavor. The best example of this are the banana blackberry pancakes, which combine bananas, blackberries and buttermilk pancake mix with a fruit puree and maple syrup. Not only are all ingredients fresh, but the combination is sweet and satisfying.

Mighty Kong Cafe
3701 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 231-3631

At Mighty Kong Café, you can celebrate pancakes traditionally and with something a little different, as this restaurant believes that pancakes should not be limited to fluffy batter. Mighty Kong gives patrons something a little different with its crispy potato pancakes, taking the place of typical hash browns. The best way to get into the National Pancake Week frame of mind is by maximizing your pancake intake, so be sure to order your regular pancakes with a side of potato pancakes.

Tower Café
1518 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-0222

While breakfast is only served within a three-hour window at Tower Café, the New Mexico blueberry cornmeal pancakes are worth fitting into your busy schedule. Cornmeal pancakes are the perfect combination of breakfast food and corn bread; they are fluffy, filling and slightly sweet. Tower Café crowns them with a whipped butter topping and fresh blueberries. While you may not be able to enjoy them during pancake week, the cafe’s seasonal pumpkin pancakes with pecan butter are worth the return in the fall.

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Megan Bowyer is a freelance writer in search of the best food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer. You can find her at any number of dive bars or trendy restaurants; just look for the short blonde feeding the jukebox. Her work can be found at “Examiner.com