HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Let's put together a pancake hootenanny!

Diana Jun 13, 2007 06:36 AM

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. m
    mc michael RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 06:47 AM

    The Griddle

    4 Replies
    1. re: mc michael
      Diana RE: mc michael Jun 13, 2007 06:53 AM

      What are Musso's like? Where is Musso?

      1. re: Diana
        PaulF RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 06:56 AM

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

        1. re: PaulF
          mc michael RE: PaulF Jun 13, 2007 06:59 AM


        2. re: Diana
          Woolsey RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 06:56 AM

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

      2. PaulF RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 06:57 AM

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

        1. j
          jacinthe RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 08:16 AM

          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. s
            sasha1 RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 08:19 AM

            Good fancy pancakes at Julienne, San Marino.

            1. s
              silence9 RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 08:19 AM

              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
                JeetJet RE: silence9 Jun 13, 2007 09:44 AM

                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

              2. d
                dtochs RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 09:11 AM

                Kokomo's (Farmer's Market)

                1 Reply
                1. re: dtochs
                  mollyomormon RE: dtochs Jun 13, 2007 10:50 AM

                  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. f
                  Frank_Santa_Monica RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 09:42 AM

                  What about Tally Rand in Burbank?

                  1. s
                    stardar RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 09:51 AM

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

                    1. David Kahn RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 10:14 AM

                      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. mollyomormon RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 11:00 AM

                        I really love the ones at Bloom Cafe.

                        1. DanaB RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 11:09 AM

                          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. socalqtpi RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 11:28 AM

                            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
                              David Kahn RE: socalqtpi Jun 13, 2007 01:59 PM

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

                            2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 11:29 AM

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

                              1. hrhboo RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 12:43 PM

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

                                1. r
                                  rds246 RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 01:13 PM

                                  the blue corn pancakes at the Newsroom

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: rds246
                                    Diana RE: rds246 Jun 14, 2007 07:02 AM

                                    INteresting. IS it sweet, or savory?

                                    1. re: Diana
                                      rds246 RE: Diana Jun 20, 2007 12:37 PM

                                      sweet. Its topped with blueberries and sliced banana.

                                  2. sharkgirl88 RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 01:14 PM

                                    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. m
                                      mlgb RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 01:30 PM

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

                                      1. h
                                        hollywoodsheri RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 02:39 PM

                                        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
                                          kinipela RE: hollywoodsheri Jun 13, 2007 04:17 PM

                                          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 =)

                                        2. c
                                          cjla RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 02:43 PM

                                          How about Pann's?

                                          1. a
                                            ALipp RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 03:59 PM

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

                                            4 Replies
                                            1. re: ALipp
                                              mollyomormon RE: ALipp Jun 13, 2007 04:27 PM


                                              1. re: ALipp
                                                westsidegal RE: ALipp Jun 13, 2007 07:13 PM

                                                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
                                                  Densible RE: westsidegal Jun 13, 2007 10:58 PM

                                                  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
                                                    bulavinaka RE: Densible Jun 15, 2007 03:04 PM

                                                    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. d
                                                danikm RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 08:22 PM

                                                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. Emme RE: Diana Jun 13, 2007 11:30 PM

                                                  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. j
                                                    Junoesq RE: Diana Jun 14, 2007 12:21 AM

                                                    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
                                                      PaulF RE: Junoesq Jun 14, 2007 09:01 AM

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

                                                    2. Jeet Yet RE: Diana Jun 14, 2007 08:49 AM

                                                      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. ChinoWayne RE: Diana Jun 14, 2007 10:41 AM

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


                                                        1. j
                                                          JeetJet RE: Diana Jun 15, 2007 02:43 PM

                                                          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
                                                            pamm5959 RE: JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 02:54 PM

                                                            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: pamm5959
                                                              Jeet Yet RE: pamm5959 Jun 20, 2007 12:16 PM

                                                              What is the Griddle's address?

                                                              1. re: Jeet Yet
                                                                MichaelS RE: Jeet Yet Jun 20, 2007 05:26 PM

                                                                916 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046

                                                                (On the corner of Sunset and Fairfax)

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

                                                                1. re: MichaelS
                                                                  MichaelS RE: MichaelS Jun 20, 2007 05:28 PM

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

                                                          2. tatertotsrock RE: Diana Jun 20, 2007 07:35 PM

                                                            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
                                                            1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                              Diana RE: tatertotsrock Jun 21, 2007 06:56 AM

                                                              Lordy! That sounds good!

                                                            Show Hidden Posts