What is the difference between a flapjack and a pancake?

Lucky for you and for me, I am related to one of the premiere chef's in New England.  The original Yankee Chef is my brother, John Sullivan.

I called him up and asked him exactly what is the difference between a flapjack and a pancake, if there is any at all.

Flapjacks Are Just Thrown Together

A flapjack, according to John, is a Western term, and a pancake is more of a New England region term.

A flapjack is something that is put together very quickly "when you're on the trail heading West."

John says flapjacks are just thrown into a pan with just about anything in them.

A pancake is a more specific recipe of flour, sugar, water and milk.  A flapjack would include more cornmeal in it.

I picture in my head a cowboy western where the doggies needed a rest for the night and the boys needed some grub.  Sounds about right.

The Man Knows Pancakes

John is definitely the authority on all things food, especially local fare.  He was, at one point in his career, the chef at Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, New Hampshire, which is well known for its pancakes.

There are seven kinds to choose from at Parker's.

They are open year 'round, but if you want to go on a weekend, expect a wait.  If you plan on going on a weekend during fall foliage season, you might want to leave now and put your name in.

The wait is ridiculous, but it's worth it for the pancakes.  You can't get flapjacks here, Bub.  Sorry about that, little doggie.

Whatever you call them, pancakes or flapjacks are delicious.  It must be a rule that they must be eaten with maple syrup.

Lucky for us, every March, New Hampshire opens up its Sugar Houses. So you can try delectable treats from across the state.

Where's your favorite pancake place?

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