It seems like just a few hundred antigen tests ago, but Pancake Tuesday is descending on us again. Here's what's happening across Dublin tomorrow so you can get planning...
Slice in Stoneybatter are pancake ready and excited. They're serving their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with either Belgian chocolate sauce, toasted hazelnuts, poached plums and vanilla mascarpone, or apple and walnut crumble with vanilla cream. They'll also have their usual pancakes on with stewed fruit, cinnamon mascarpone, peanut caramel and toasted nuts. Good luck picking from that line up.
Fable & Stey, Blackrock
Fable & Stey in Blackrock always bring it on pancake Tuesday, and this year is no different. Choose from vanilla pancakes with Ferrero spread, mascarpone cream, fresh berries and hazelnut praline, or go for more Autumnal vibes with roasted spiced apples, fresh blackberries, salted caramel and rum sauce, and mascarpone cream.
The Orange Goat, Ballsbridge
We love shaking things up with a crêpe cake, and this chocolate and berry version, served by the slice at The Orange Goat, looks reason enough for a trip to Ballsbridge.
Edition, Brown Thomas
Le Petit Breton, Drumcondra
Le Petit Breton in Drumcondra is pancake central every day, with 28 different options to choose from. Choose from savoury like "La Québécoise", with Comté, caramelised apples, streaky bacon and maple syrup, or go sweet with "La Plougastel", with berries drizzled in strawberry coulis, white Chocolate flakes and chocolate or strawberry ice cream.
Sheridan's, Various Locations
This one is going to take some work in your own kitchen, but honestly how could you not want to make this crêpe cake from Sheridan's, dripping with Fattorie Garofalo buffalo dulce de leche, and covered in Cocoa Bean chocolate 72% ganache. Pick up supplies in any Sheridan's location or online.
The Cupcake Bloke, Rialto
In this week's Sunday night "the news you might have missed this week" email to ATF Insiders, we pointed out that pancake cupcakes were a thing in Kerry, and needed to be a thing in Dublin. Well we manifested it, and it appeared, as just as the email was sent out, these babies popped up on The Cupcake Bloke's Insta. Pick from vanilla & sprinkles, lemon, nutella and red velvet, all with teeny tiny pancakes on top. Cuteness.
Alma, one of the city's OGs for pancakes any day of the year, will be serving their usual dulce de leche pancakes with seasonal fruits, plus a savoury option with West Cork smoked salmon, goats cheese cream, mustard and maple dressing, fennel and house pickled beets. They're also be doing a special cinnamon roll inspired one, with chai mascarpone cream, maple syrup, blood orange and crispy bacon. Get in line.
We love an As One pancake, and next week they're bring two new ones to a table. An 'in season' - crêpes glazed with house caramel sauce, zesty rhubarb coulis, sweet mascarpone and cocoa nibs, and a second option of crêpes with lemon and orange amaretto, and blueberry and honey ricotta. Decisions, decisions...
Tang, Dawson Street
Tang is an excellent choice for pancakes on any Tuesday, but next Tuesday you'll find a special of American style fluffy ones "Middle-Easternised", with house labneh, rhubarb compote, sweet dukkah and honey. Oh my...
Eathos on Baggot Street will have their usual pancake menu running next week, including their buckwheat pancakes with poached banana, praline cream, toasted hemp and coconut, almond butter and coconut whip. They're also running a one day special of buckwheat pancakes with caramel, chocolate, crushed pistachio and mango honeycomb.
Aventura Coffee House recently announced a new location in The Masonry building in D8, and Pancake Tuesday is going to be their first official 'event'. They're serving their traditional Brazilian PacPac pancakes with either berry and lime jam with cream and basil; maple glazed and sea salt bacon; or chocolate and coconut crust. Pancakes are €8.50 or they're running a deal on pancakes plus a cup of their house coffee blend for €10.99.
Social Fabric Café
Social Fabric Café is the place to head in Stoneybatter on pancake day. They'll have three options this year - chocolate, pistachio and raspberry; maple syrup and free-range streaky bacon; or butterscotch sauce with fresh fruit and caramelised pecans.
Le Chocolat du Fred
It's pancake day every day at Le Chocolat de Frèd in Dun Laoghaire, and this place will be out the door for the day. Whatever you order, make sure it has chocolate - it comes from their special chocolate tap.
Lennox Street Grocer
Lennox Street Grocer won't be doing the cooking for you, but how about this for an at home option. They're selling bottles of their rich Jersey milk crêpe batter, along with a suggested service option of Dingle sea salt ice cream with their carmelised pecans and maple syrup (also available in the shop).
If you've yet to get to 31 Lennox to try their sweet potato mascarpone, you can head there next week to try it on their homemade buttermilk pancakes with peanut brittle, banana and maple syrup.
Metro Café, South William Street
The Metro Café on South William Street with be serving their famous buttermilk pancakes with honeyed butter all day and evening on Pancake Tuesday, with a side of people watching onto South William Street. Berry compote or nutella are optional extras.
Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co.
Lemon on South William Street is Dublin's original pancake house, open an incredible 23 years and still going strong. Expect queues all day on Pancake Tuesday, and it might be worth checking out their menu online in advance, because there's 38 different ones to choose from. Pick from sweet ones like apple cinnamon cream, or savoury like the smoked salmon with crème fraîche, chives and black pepper.
Did we miss a great looking Pancake Tuesday special? Let us know by emailing email@example.com. We'll add more to this article over the week.