HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >


Let's put together a pancake hootenanny!

  • d

OK, say someone, ahem, wanted to do a pancake tour of the LA board areas. For several months, he or she would hit every viable pancake place hounders love. Where would they be going?

I'll start in the SFV, but add any rec!:

Follow Your Heart
More than Waffles
Ci Ci's cafe

Out of the SFV:
John O' Groats

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: mc michael

      What are Musso's like? Where is Musso?

      1. re: Diana

        Musso and Frank on Hollywood serve flannel cakes ... maybe that's what mc_michael meant?

        1. re: Diana

          Musso & Frank's is on Hollywood Boulevard - just west of Cherokee, I believe.

      2. Ronnie's Diner in the Marina/Culver City and the Brickhouse in Venice.

        1. Square One, definitely, on Fountain behind the Scientology Center.

          Doughboys - their blueberry flaxseed pancakes are awesome.

          Edited to add: Browsing through the LATimes food archives this morning and came across this article, which has more suggestions:


          1. Good fancy pancakes at Julienne, San Marino.

            1. Of course, the Original Pancake House for their massive-yet-thin 49ers. Three pancakes the size of hubcaps (well, almost), but as thin as crepes. Really filling, yet delicate. We go to the one in Manhattan Beach (or is it Torrance-adjacent?)...

              1 Reply
              1. re: silence9

                You may be talking about the Redondo Beach location. I agree about those 49er Flap Jacks – the perfect pancake. The Original Pancake House is a national chain yet it cannot be beat for pancakes of all kinds. The only down-side about this place is everyone knows about it and the wait can be crazy. Going early is a must. I also like the pancakes at Pie 'n Burger because they remind me very much of the 49er Flap Jacks at OPH -- large, thin and just a little chewy. I like Egg Heaven Café for a Blue stack with a great Blue Berry compote on top. Add a side of their sausage and that is a great breakfast. Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil has good home style pancakes and has become one of my favorite places for breakfast because of the menu and those pies, cakes, muffins, ......

                Original Pancake House (49er Flap Jacks)
                18453 Yorba Linda Boulevard
                Yorba Linda, California 92686
                (714) 693-1390

                Original Pancake House (49er Flap Jacks)
                1756 South Pacific Coast Hwy.
                Redondo Beach, California 90277
                (310) 543-9875

                Original Pancake House (49er Flap Jacks)
                1418 East Lincoln Avenue
                Anaheim, California 92805
                (714) 535-9815

                Pie 'n Burger
                913 E. California Blvd.
                Pasadena, CA 91106
                (626) 795-1123

                Egg Heaven Cafe. (Cash Only – Very good breakfast and burgers. Blue stack, sausage, omelets are all very good. I like everything but the hash and biscuits and gravy
                )4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
                Long Beach, CA
                (562) 433-9277

                Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil (Breakfast, Chicken Fried Steak, Pancakes, Pot pie, Burgers, Red Velvet and other cupcakes, sticky buns, Cakes and Pies so good!)
                3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
                Long Beach, CA 90807
                (562) 595-0396

                1. re: dtochs

                  People on the board never seem to mention this place, but I had some great pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter there a few weeks ago.

                2. What about Tally Rand in Burbank?

                  1. BLD does a really delicious ricotta blueberry pancake. on the nouveau, fancier side, but still noteworthy.

                    1. The apple pancake at The Original Pancake House (http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/ ) mentioned by several other posters is one of my favorites. (I usually go the the Anaheim store, and always try to get there before 9.) Unbelievably good, really.

                      If you like cornmeal pancakes, the ones severed at the Sunday brunch at Jar (http://www.thejar.com/ ) are the best I've had in the LA area. Crispy edges, moist interior, and great corn flavor.

                      Also, the pancakes at the Pacific Dining Car (http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/ ) are very good.

                      1. I really love the ones at Bloom Cafe.

                        1. They have the BEST pancakes at Green Street Cafe, on Shoppers Lane in Pasadena. Nothing fancy, just your standard buttermilk pancakes, but the texture is perfect -- tender yet with enough give than they don't get soggy with the butter and syrup.

                          1. Grub in Hollywood has what I call "pan-crepes" (pancakes that are almost as thin as a crepe). I enjoyed the blueberry ones with raspberry butter. Off Vine has nice pancakes too.

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: socalqtpi

                              I like Grub, but have never tried their pancakes. They have now been added to the "to try" list.

                            2. the pumpkin pancakes @ jinky's seem to have a pretty loyal following [i've never had them personally].

                              1. I'll throw in a vote for the apple pancake at 3 Square. Delicious, decadent and enough to share.

                                1. the blue corn pancakes at the Newsroom

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: rds246

                                    INteresting. IS it sweet, or savory?

                                    1. re: Diana

                                      sweet. Its topped with blueberries and sliced banana.

                                  2. I 2nd 3 Square for their apple pancake -- and their muesli too!

                                    Try Coral Cafe in Burbank too. We were there a few weeks ago and were wowed by their multi-grain Pancakes.


                                    1. Uncle Bill's Pancake House, Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach seems an obvious choice.

                                      1. The Griddle Cafe on Sunset has amazing pancakes. My favorite are the banana. They come in a gigantic stack of three or you can get just one which is plenty.

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: hollywoodsheri

                                          yes yes yes! i've been trying to recreate these at home but to no avail... i wonder what their secret is to keeping their bananas smack dab in the middle of the batter?

                                          thanks diana for this thread... i've been feeling bad everytime someon posts re breakfast and i say griddle cafe... 'cause it's my fav go to spot. but i want to be able to offer other options =)

                                          1. The place by the airport that does an apple pancake - German style I think.

                                            4 Replies
                                              1. re: ALipp

                                                that would be DINAH'S FAMILY RESTAURANT.
                                                they serve WONDERFUL baked german pancakes and baked apple pancakes.
                                                their swedish pancakes, served with lingonberry butter, are also good.

                                                do NOT, however, get any of their other pancakes.

                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                  Dinah's on Sepulveda by Centinela? I always think fried chicken and nothing else-don't eat chicken so have never ben. Cannot wait to go now.

                                                  1. re: Densible

                                                    If you decide to go to Dinah's, check out their online menu first. The oven-style pancakes can be ordered in advance (at least they used to) -- they take about 20-30 minutes, so if you're going with others, you may have a wait relative to everyone else's orders.


                                              2. Fred 62 in Los Feliz? I know there has been some talk about a potential downhill slide and some frustrations with the scene posted recently, but the pancakes are still an experience...

                                                1. Second all the Griddle Cafe recs.
                                                  Campanile's ricotta pancakes
                                                  The Four Seasons' Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes
                                                  A Votre Sante (my fave for unique and healthy)
                                                  Barney Greengrass Apple Pancake
                                                  Lemon Moon's Whole Wheat or bf loves the whole wheat banana pecan
                                                  Coral Tree Cafe's Choc Chip Pancakes

                                                  Shoot me, but IHOP has great buckwheat pancakes

                                                  1. Duke's Coffee Shop

                                                    Love, love, love their pancakes. Communal tables, rock and roll waiters, divey room. Every conceivable condiment left on the table at all times. God I miss this place since I moved to San Diego!

                                                    On Sunset almost next door to the Whiskey. Get the Howdy Doody special if you are their before 11 a.m.= Pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice. Cheap. Also good omelettes, egg scrambles. Try the Spinach scramble (their version of San Farncisco Joe's) "Durango" style.

                                                    1 Reply
                                                    1. re: Junoesq

                                                      Duke's is is great ... though I've never had the pancakes.

                                                    2. Marstons in Pasadena has incredible Blueberry Pancakes. If you, however, end up getting the French Toast because the table next to you just had theirs delivered to you as you are placing your order, I cannot blame you.

                                                      1. Frisco's 50's Diner, City of Industry and Downey. Wonderful, dinner plate sized buttermilk pancakes served by roller skating waitresses.


                                                        1. The Peach Cafe in Monrovia has excellent buttermilk and buttermilk with bluberries. I have had these several times before and agian today. They have a little powerded sugar on top and appear to have been browned in butter. The flavor is very good with a hint of fresh orange. The texture is soft and fluffy. The thickness is maybe 1/2 in. The high stack is four pancakes and do not appear to be filling but they are. Appearance, quality, flavor and price are like eating at the Ritz. I should add that their selection of coffee is impressive -- maybe better than the Ritz.

                                                          The Peach

                                                          4 Replies
                                                          1. re: JeetJet

                                                            The Griddle pancakes are the biggest and baddest! I don't even use syrup! My favorite would have to the Tis the Season, pumkin pancakes. You can jaywalk across the street to Coffee Bean while you wait and wait you will! Drooling as we speak!

                                                              1. re: Jeet Yet

                                                                916 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046

                                                                (On the corner of Sunset and Fairfax)

                                                                phone: (323) 874-0377 fax: (323) 874-0357

                                                                1. re: MichaelS

                                                                  Bad cut and paste!!! That's 7916 Sunset....

                                                          2. Larkins in Eagle Rock has these crazy pancakes...I'm usually very turned off by most people's pancakes (except my brother's or the one at a Cracker Barrel in the Midwest), but these are like nothing I'd ever had...they are almost carmalized or something.
                                                            They cook the pancakes then slide 'em in a griddle with maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter and they almost get candy-like on the edges...aahhh, they are so good.

                                                            1 Reply