Type of Place: Pancake House
Location: Markt Square
The Dutch claim to have invented the pancake. I don’t know if that’s true (how hard can it be to make a circular, flat cake from runny batter), but I do know that the Dutch version is delicious. Eaten as a snack, dessert, or sometimes savory lunch, Dutch pancakes are very large and thin with tasty things baked in. Until De Smaak Pannenkoek opened its doors on the Markt square, we had to take the train out of Maastricht to find pannenkoeken with more than apples or bacon in it. Now we have our choice of 70 varieties. Lekker.
De Smaak Pannenkoek is a typical pancake house with a comfortable interior. The front part is more family oriented, with bright (slightly creepy) wallpaper featuring the owner and his kids. The back is dark and cozier, just right for a casual dinner or lunch. If you like watching your food, you can see the cook preparing pancakes behind a half wall in the front of the store. Outdoor seating is available as well (as always).
The menu is inexpensive compared to other dinner options in the area and basically features one large pancake filled with increasingly complex combinations of food. I really enjoyed the pizza pancake which contained lots of pizza fillings with a huge dollop of red sauce on top. Dan also had a savory pancake which he found enjoyable; although he simply cannot eat a pancake without syrup. Naturally you can get beer, coffee, soda or whatever you prefer with your meal.
The only real downside to De Smaak Pannenkoek is that they are not open early for breakfast. That would have make it perfect.