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10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston: #4 Pumpkin Pancakes at Baby Barnaby's

In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I'll be counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at the ready!

#4 Pumpkin Pancakes at Baby Barnaby's

Proving pumpkin is appropriate for breakfast as well as dinner and dessert, the pumpkin pancakes at Baby Barnaby's have long been a favorite among loyal patrons. Or, I should say, the pumpkin pancake, as this famed morning entree comes in a single serving rather than a plural stack. But hearty appetites should not be discouraged, for this lone pancake is denser than your average flapjack and boasts a width about as big the plate on which it is served.

From the generous dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon, you might think the pancake recently experienced a spice snowstorm if it wasn't also piping hot. While you're waiting for the cake to cool, the fragrant smell of pumpkin wafts through the dining room, causing your dining companion (you know, the forager) to eye your plate greedily. Within two bites, you might find yourself thinking, "This is better than pumpkin pie," especially if you liberally smear the cake with whipped butter. Syrup is but an afterthought; the deep, moist squash flavor and the ticklish spices are all you need.

Although technically the pumpkin pancakes are a seasonal item, affable manager Scott informed me that as long as the ingredients (re: pumpkin) are available, Baby Barnaby's will continue to offer them. Make a wish on a star and hope your fairy godmother grants us a long squash season.

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