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Pancakes anyone?

Anyone have any opinion on what chain makes the best pancakes. IHOP recently re-opened here after a 15+ year absence. It was OK, I wasn't overly impressed. We have a couple of "Original Pancake House" here, in general pretty good. And Bob's Big Boy here usually turns out some good pancakes. I have to grudgingly admit that the ones from the Golden Arches are probably one of the best things on the McD menu.

Also always wondered if there is a technical difference between pancakes, hotcakes, griddle cakes, flapjacks? (Any words I missed?)

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  1. I have gotten hooked on IHOP's crepes. Especially the Swedish rendition. Annoyingly, they have dropped their potato pancakes from the offerings.

    1. A buddy of mine was out here one weekend and really wanted to go to IHOP one morning. Fine, I said. We sit down, start reading the menus and he asks me, "So, what do you usually get here?"

      I replied: "Heartburn."

      1. The only place I've found that has pancakes anywhere near as good as my homemade is Original Pancake House. Everywhere else I've tried the batter has obviously been beaten too much and the pancakes have "pull" because of the overdeveloped gluten. OPH also offers real maple syrup for an extra charge, which is so much better than the corn syrupy maple flavored stuff that I ate as a kid.

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        1. re: amyzan

          Funny, I really like the sourdough flapjacks at OPH, but it is partly because of the chewiness - which I don't like so much in other pancakes.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            I've never had those at OPH, will give them a try, thanks!

            1. re: amyzan

              And I agree about being able to make good or better at home. But sometimes it is nice to go to breakfast with friends or when I don't especially feel like cooking, and since I don't generally keep syrup in the house.....

              mom always made syrup.... simple syrup with maple flavoring... it was all i knew till I was in my early teens I think (and if you used enough of the flavoring it wasn't all that bad, but sure not the real thing).

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Yeah, a friend's mom used to mix sour cream and brown sugar for her kids instead of syrup. I don't know where she got the idea, but that's what they knew as "syrup."

                It's especially nice to eat pancakes without having to do the dishes!

        2. I've found that pancakes at IHOP vary a lot by location. I really like the ones they make on Wilshire Blvd in LA. But the ones I've had in Arlington, VA were gummy.

          1. It always depends on the location. Even with OPH, while all I've been to are good, some are heavenly. Sad to hear you lost yours.