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Best pancakes in SF?

  • k

i'm looking for some good flap jacks, whether they be buttermilk or whole wheat.

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  1. Hands down, Lulu for brunch. The best.

    1. I like the pancakes at the Diamond St. Cafe on the corner of 24th and Diamond in Noe Valley. They have blueberry and buttermilk and probably whole wheat. Nothing fancy, just the way I prefer them. You can order one of each flavor.

      I've been disappointed by the ricotta pancakes down the hill at Miss Millie's (extremely popular, no idea why) and the famous pancakes at Kate's Kitchen on lower Haight. Maybe I just hate waiting in line first thing in the morning.

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      1. re: Windy

        I last had the lemon ricotta pancakes at Miss Millie's over 2 years ago, so I'd love to compare notes to see if there's a downhill effect.

        I liked the pancakes there because they were extremely light and liquid, nothing like regular pancakes. In fact p[ancakes are probably not the right name for these things. Texture was somewhat closer to the interior of a souffle. I also really enjoyed how beautifully the lemon tang meshed with the blueberry sauce.

        1. re: Limster

          You're onto something, Limster. The best pancake places beat egg whites and fold the batter in. That's what Bette's does. I love this place, over 12 years of great success and no letdown whatsoever in quality.

      2. Zazie on Cole St. makes pretty good pancakes. They have regular buttermilk and a ginger bread type one. There's usually a wait for a table -- longer if you want to sit in the patio area. But it's worth it.

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        1. re: tess

          I love Zazie's pancakes. Their plain pancakes are the closest I've ever found to my grandfather's amazing diner pancakes (he ran a diner from 1931 to the 1980s) -- a buttery, vanilla-infused aroma and tenderness. Their gingerbread pancakes are delicious, as are their special pancakes of the day: I've had lemon poppyseed and an incredible bread pudding pancake last week. I usually get their poached egg plates (Monaco is my favorite), and a single pancake. Perfect.

          1. re: sfkusinera

            Zazie's lemon ricotta pancakes are a frequent special, and are wonderful.

        2. I like the pancakes at Tyger's in Glen Park. The other breakfast items are also very good, particularly the Southwestern dishes (they're usually on the specials board) and the potatoes. Beware, however. The coffee is really awful and the bread is mediocre.

          Tyger's is on Diamond at the corner of Chenery about two blocks from the Bart station.

          Link: http://www.tygers.com/

          1. Thank god no one has mentioned 'It's Tops' on Market. Best to avoid those leaden, greasy things.

            1. Hands down the best pancakes are at Tyger's in Glen Park. We have eaten them many times and they never dissapoint.

              1. As a corollary request, ever since my little Swedish place on Market St. in the Castro closed I am missing Swedish pancakes with butter and lingonberries. (a Thursday special) Any leads to help fill my craving? Thanks

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                1. re: derek
                  Stanley Stephan

                  It's not SF, but the Sweden House Bakery in Tiburon has them. Don't have the address, but the phone is 415-435-9767. They are about a block or two from the ferry. Nice outdoor deck with a view of SF. They have an excellent princess cake. Lots of whipped cream and jam. It gets crowded on weekends.

                  1. re: Stanley Stephan

                    Thanks, yes I remember them, they've been there a very long time (which is good) they were the first place I ever had (or even heard of) Princess Cake. (the early 70's) It will make a nice afternoon, to take a ferry and lunch there. Great reminder!

                    1. re: Derek
                      Stanley Stephan

                      Also just read while checking out the roadfood site that Sears Fine Food has the Swedish pancakes. I've only been to Sears once, many many years ago but the visit made me write it off as a tourist trap. Not bad food, just not worth the hassle. Just my opinion though.

                2. The "old school" standby for pancakes in SF is Sears Fine Foods, 439 Powell St., just north of Union Square.

                  1. You know the saying Oppinions are like #%$&*@$'s everyone has one. Well same can be said about favourite breakfast joints.

                    The best pancakes I've had have been at Dottie's True Blue Cafe. Of course there have been dozens of posts that this place is overrated and/or not worth the wait (I never go out to breakfast on weekends anyway, but that's another post...) but to me, it's the best breakfast I've had in SF.

                    1. The pancakes at Jay's Pots of Soul are always perfect...big, fluffy, never undercooked, and cheap. They come with fruit, powdered sugar, syrup, and pre-melted warm butter on the side. The music is really great there too...fabulous motown soul.

                      On Octavia at Page

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                      1. re: NatashaPea

                        we ended up going to Ella's for pancakes after Bay to Breakers. The syrup was pure maple and warm--the only way to have it---and the pancakes were ok, not worth the price or the wait. I'd go back but only because its just down the street. good coffee, but pancakes needed a kick in the...

                        1. re: NatashaPea

                          I am quite happy to report that the pancakes at J's Pots of Soul are still very very good, if a little dry. The wife also had the french toast, and proclaimed it was one of the best renditions she had ever eaten.

                          J's Pots of Soul
                          203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102