Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
1383 North Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Wildberry also has locations in Chicago – Prudential Plaza, Chicago – Water Tower Place, and Libertyville.
What We Ordered
Ashley: Oreo S’mores pancakes – $11
Amanda: Chocolate Chip Banana pancakes – $11, side of sausage links – $4
Carly: Signature Berry Bliss pancakes – $12
Ashley: I’ve wanted to go to Wildberry ever since I first discovered it last year. Breakfast can easily be the most boring meal of one’s day, but that won’t be the case if you go to Wildberry. While it has all of your typical breakfast foods, like pancakes and waffles, Wildberry’s menu is a good size that provides plenty of options that include fun flavors and unique items—like fun pancakes and crepes—you’d have a hard time finding at a standard breakfast joint. The food is a little pricey, but for what you get portion- and quality-wise, it’s well worth the money.
The cafe seems very popular, as evidenced by the nearly-filled lobby of people waiting for a table when we left. (We got there around 8 a.m. and only had to wait a few minutes for a table to be set up for us.) I definitely want to go back and try other items on its menu.
As someone who loves Oreo desserts, it was a no-brainer for me to have the Oreo S’mores pancakes, and they did not disappoint. My order came with a stack of five buttermilk pancakes that was topped with crushed Oreos, chocolate syrup, marshmallow drizzle, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips.
Amanda: Breakfast is a common meal to skip even though it’s often referred to as “the most important meal of the day.” If breakfast food like Wildberry’s was more easily accessible to everyone, I’m certain people would skip breakfast less. Its menu isn’t Cheesecake Factory huge but there are a lot of options. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are certainly typical choices for a carb-centered breakfast, but Wildberry’s are more fun with options like Cinnamon Roll pancakes, Oreo a La Mode waffles, and Chocolate Banana Bread French toast.
The unique choices also extend to the other normal breakfast foods, such as omelets. In addition, lots of sides—like sausage, bacon, or even granola—are available. The Schaumburg Wildberry even had a mini coffee/drink bar at the front that makes all kinds of drinks from coffee and lattes to hot chocolate, tea and smoothies. So if you just wanted a drink from there, you could easily do that.
Overall, it’s easy to see why Wildberry is a popular breakfast cafe. It’s a little more expensive than your everyday IHOP, but it makes sense considering the quality of the food and the specialty menu options.
There were a lot of foods I wanted to try off the menu, but I settled on the Banana Chocolate Chip pancakes because I’d actually never had any before and was willing to bet they’d taste good. The menu didn’t actually describe what my pancakes were (Were they chocolate chip pancakes with bananas on them? Were the bananas actually in the pancake batter?), and they turned out to just be regular pancakes with white and milk chocolate chips and bananas on top. So I was a little upset the chocolate chips weren’t in the pancakes, but it all tasted good anyway, so I’m over it.
Carly: I consider myself a breakfast enthusiast. I love to carve out the time for a good breakfast each morning, as I find it to be a great way to refuel from my morning workouts and also set myself up for the day. If I rush breakfast, I tend to feel rushed and anxious the rest of the day. There’s nothing better than taking the time to leisurely enjoy some waffles while catching up the news, journaling, and sipping on chocolate milk (because I’ll always be a kid at heart—sorry coffee lovers). That being said, breakfast is very important to me, and so when the opportunity to go to Wildberry came about, I was all in.
While frozen waffles are usually my go-to for convenience sake (decked out with peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate chips of course ❤), pancakes are a luxury item reserved for things like Sunday brunch, and that is exactly what I indulged in. Wildberry’s Signature Berry Bliss pancakes are not to be missed!
What We Liked
Ashley: The pancakes themselves were pretty thin, yet they were still light and fluffy without being too airy and tasted great. The Oreo pieces and other sweet toppings were a fantastic addition, and now I want Oreos to be included in my pancakes from now on. Surprisingly, I didn’t find my pancakes too sweet despite the amount of sugary toppings—that is until you’ve eaten most of the pancakes, in which case they, of course, taste very sweet. The bottom two pancakes in my stack of pancakes actually had Oreo pieces inside of them, which was a pleasant surprise.
Amanda: I don’t usually have thin pancakes, and these were pretty thin. But somehow they were still nice and fluffy like the thick ones I usually eat. Typically, chocolate chip pancakes mean milk or semisweet chocolate chips, so I definitely enjoyed the mix of white and milk/semisweet chocolate chips. The bananas were a nice addition to the pancakes and added some freshness to the plate. The warm syrup the waitress brought to the table was a nice complement to my pancakes, too.
Like Ashley, I also found my toppings inside the bottom two pancakes of my stack, so I wonder if that’s always a thing. Plus, $4 for three sausage links is rather expensive. And though the sausages were the thicker, higher quality kind that you don’t find in your everyday grocery store, they weren’t really anything special. But that isn’t anything new to me as I’ve been to similar breakfast places that price a small side for a similar price.
Carly: I really like fruity flavors with my breakfast, so the Signature Berry Bliss pancakes with vanilla anglaise; blackberry coulis; berry mascarpone; and fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries were right up my alley. The pancakes themselves were light, fluffy, and not overly sweet, pairing nicely with the acidity of the fruit. These were enjoyed with warm syrup on top—an absolutely essential component to any pancake plate.
Ashley: Five pancakes is definitely a lot to eat, and I’d bet most people can’t finish such a large serving in one sitting. That said, it would’ve been nice to at least have the option of ordering a smaller serving of the pancakes so I wouldn’t have to bring my leftovers home. But for $11, five pancakes was a good deal, and the pancakes were still good after reheating them in the microwave the next morning.
I would suggest getting something savory on the side of the pancakes, though. Even though I personally wasn’t overwhelmed by the amount of sugar, I shared a side of sausage links with Amanda, and it was nice to have something savory to offset the sweetness when I had gotten through most of my pancakes.
Amanda: I wonder how many people can actually eat the whole stack of pancakes, because five pancakes is a big stack—even if they are thin pancakes. At least you get what you pay for, though. But my pancake leftovers weren’t as good the next day. So if I could order a pancake combo where I get two or three pancakes plus a side of bacon/sausage and eggs/potatoes, I definitely would’ve ordered that to fulfill my desire for pancakes and breakfast food because I always like to eat some protein with my pancakes.
Also, I also would have liked the chocolate chips to be inside all of my pancakes, but I guess the thickness (or lack thereof) is a factor in not putting the chips into the batter.
Carly: The portion sizes were a bit overwhelming. Overall, though, I was quite happy with the toppings on my pancakes and wouldn’t have changed anything.
Ashley: Wildberry is a good place to check out for just about anyone who’s willing to spend a little extra for higher quality breakfast food and bigger portions. From fun, unique options—like Cinnamon Roll pancakes—to traditional choices—like standard Belgian waffles—its menu has a variety of options, so there’s something for everyone.
Amanda: Honestly, anyone who likes breakfast food and is willing to spend a bit more than normal should go to Wildberry. It’s not like you’re paying for a fancy brunch, but you’re not ordering a fast food breakfast either. There are so many options that there’s likely something for everyone. In fact, you’ll probably want to try multiple things that you’ll struggle to choose just one. I still want to try at least four other things on the menu.
Carly: If you like pancakes, I would definitely recommend checking out Wildberry! There are enough choices for every type of eater, and the fun atmosphere is a plus for those who are looking to make an occasion of it.
Ashley: 2.75/3 stars
Amanda: 2.75/3 stars
Carly: 2.75/3 stars