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Apr 11, 2007 01:50 PM

Swedish Pancakes in Twin Cities

Hi I was just curious if anyone knows at good spots in the Twin Cities to find swedish-style pancakes? I've been looking around and it seems like there are a lot of good places to find pancakes, just wasn't sure if there are any that serve swedish style.

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  1. Hot Plate on 52nd and Bloomington has them.

    1. Strange coincidence. I'm on the Highland/Longfellow/Edina Grill mailing list and, literally, one minute ago, I received an e-mail highlighting a few new menu items. At the top of the list:

      Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Jam and Creme Fraiche.

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      1. re: MSPD

        I got the same message (but deleted it). Is that a new item on the menu or just a special for the next few weeks?

        1. re: bob s

          It's only for the month of April.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I had the Swedish Pancakes special at the Edina Grill this past weekend. They were good but not great. The Lingonberry topping and creme fraiche were tasty, but the pancakes themselves were a little bland and rubbery. (I realize that's how many Swedish pancakes are, but these were even worse. They were a little cold too, so that may have added to the problem.)

      2. It seems to me that there is a vendor in Midtown Global Commons that has them. I know for sure on the food stands is Scandahoovian, and I think even specifically Swedish, and I am pretty sure I have seen the pancakes on the menu there. It's on the east side of the commons.

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        1. re: pgokey

          You must be thinking of Cafe Finspang. Buried in this thread are some of our impressions of Cafe Finspang from our Midtown Global Market chowdown--we did try their lefse at the chowdown. Is that the same thing as Swedish pancakes, though? (Forgive my ignorance--I'm new to Scandinavian cuisine.)


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            lefse is a potato based 'tortilla'. Swedish pancakes are more like crepes.

            1. re: paulj

              Thank you for that Paul. Hmmm...while there was definitely lefse on the menu at Cafe Finspang (which is more of a pastry counter than a "Cafe"), I don't recall the Swedish pancakes; then again, I wasn't looking for them. It might be worth calling, if you were really motivated.


              1. re: paulj

                Yes, they are like crepes, but, to me, anyway, they are probably more buttery and "wet" than crepes.

                1. re: FishMPLS

                  Lefse and Swedish pancakes are not the same. Cafe Finspang is what I was thinking of. I do know for certain they carry lefse (it's awfully expsensive there - so much so I've never tried theirs), but I also think I've seen Swedish pancakes there as well, but I am less certain about it. Wouldn't be a bad place to check - or, at least make a phone call to.

          2. This is going to sound stupid, maybe, but doesn't Ikea serve them?

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            1. re: Loren3

              Not stupid at all--I was wondering if the American Swedish Institute served them, perhaps, in their cafeteria.

              I've never had Swedish pancakes at IKEA (Swedish meatballs, yes), but, according to their website they do serve breakfast:



            2. The Original Pancake House in Edina has them on the menu.