Portsmouth, NH is one of my favorite places in New England, and one of my favorite things to do there is eat pancakes at Colby’s.
We discovered Colby’s the first time we went to Portsmouth.
While we waited for the table (Colby’s is both small and very popular), one of exiting patrons told us that we had to try the blueberry pancakes. To say that anonymous tip steered us correctly would be an understatement. Simply put, best pancakes ever.
These massive pancakes (each one is easily the size of a cast iron skillet) are thick and hearty, but with a fluffiness that is likely created with some buttermilk. And there is something else to them that makes me wonder if they use cornmeal or some other interesting type of flour in the batter. (Next time I go, I should ask them if any of those suspicions are correct.) And, this being New England, they get served with real maple syrup. Ah, maple…
These pancakes have become a must for all of our subsequent trips to Portsmouth. (They also make an nice stopover on a drive to Maine.) We set an early alarm so that we get there before the line gets too crazy for a small child to handle. One of these mornings, I’d like to make the hour-drive on an epicurean whim: Who wants to get pancakes in Portsmouth? The Vachette is an early-riser, so we just may be able to make this gourmand impulse happen.