Shrove Tuesday: An Ode to All the Pancakes In Boston & Beyond
Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day, always falls 47 days before Easter and is always February 3 and March 9. In some English churches at noon on shrove Tuesday the pancake bell is rung signaling that it is time to prepare the pancakes. It signals the first day of lent a day when traditionally you would use up ingredients that will not be indulged in over lent.
I must confess that we are a pancake loving family. At home I make crêpes, have made sourdough pancakes from my Mass MoCA Canada exhibit sourdough starter, Dan makes the dairy free pancakes, and I make my mom’s Canadian buttermilk blueberry ones.
We have also enjoyed and continue to enjoy pancakes all over town and sometimes halfway across the world. Our local regular spots for pancakes are: Deluxe Town Diner, Sarah’s Market & Café, The Breakfast Club, Uncommon Grounds, Praliné (for crêpes), and more. Here is a slideshow to peruse of some of the pancakes we have been enjoying in Boston and beyond including some nee favourites that you can enjoy for brunch this weekend if you haven’t chosen pancakes as the thing to give up for lent.
Diners are a sure bet for finding pancakes. Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge as well as some suburban spots have pretty much perfected the brunch scene. Brunch is full of classic comfort foods as well as creative test kitchen creations. In addition to the usual spots for brunch and breakfast these restaurants are putting out some incredible pancakes.
Trade in Boston, has these incredible Falafel Pancakes that are served on top of a slather of tzatziki. Over the river at Alden & Harlow you can get my favorite savoury pancakes because I have a thing for popcorn but also because they are the tastiest pancakes ever.
Not exactly a pancake but definitely still a variation on the theme are crêpes, so I want to be sure to include Praliné who serves crêpes starting at 7 a.m. with some delicious fillings made in house, or you can go for our simple favourite sugar and lemon. This may be pushing the definition a bit far, but I’ll include Lady M Confections because they are just a beautiful stack of pancakes filled with some delectible layers of everything from cream to chesnut paste.