Midwest Living Review
A month of Sunday pancakes? That is what's cooking throughout March in Burton, Ohio, where various organizations serve hot-off-the-griddle pancakes and maple syrup every Sunday. Burton sits in the heart of Geauga County, Ohio's number one producer of maple syrup. Its pancake extravaganza started back in 1950, when the village fire department flipped some flapjacks during sugaring season. Thanks to that first Pancake Sunday, Burton now becomes Pancake Town USA every March. All-you-can eat pancake breakfasts are held at venues throughout Burton, attracting hordes of hungry people who over the years have consumed more than 1.6 million pancakes and some 25,000 gallons of the locally made pure maple syrup. The cafeteria-style breakfasts start as early as 8 a.m., and for about $7, you'll feast on buttermilk, blueberry and other kinds of pancakes as well as sausages, orange juice, assorted beverages. At the village's 1881 fire station, the pancakes come on china plates marked with B.V.F.D. (Burton Volunteer Fire Department), and at Berkshire High School, the Burton-Middlefield Rotary offers omelets ($3 extra) as well as pancakes. Although the Rotary has the longest line, the club provides quick service, putting colored sticks on each table so you can hold up the yellow end to get more pancakes or the brown end for more coffee. At Century Village Museum, ladies dressed in Civil War-Era costumes greet diners, and after eating pancakes with applesauce on the side, you can buy jugs of maple syrup from the Geauga County Historical Society. That syrup is special because it's from the maples in the museum's own sugarbush. No matter where you choose to get your pancake fix, be sure to take in Maple Madness, a tour of maple-producers around the county, including Burton.