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Diana Has a Birthday Dilemma, too!

Diana Jun 26, 2007 12:05 PM

Every year, I treat myself to a pancake gorge. Usually, I go to John O'Groats, and chow down on a selection of thier cakes, plus the FABULOUS biscuits.

Every year, I woner if I should try the Griddle.

John O'Groat's Pros: Good cakes with several nice flavors, biscuits, open early so I can beat the crowds (I hate long waits, especially for breakfast!)
O'Groats cons: You pay extra for real maple syrup. I've been there before.

Griddle pros :lots of huge cakes in many different flavors. Real syrup no extra
Griddle Cons: opens at 8, already crowded. NO BISCUITS!


I prefer huge fluffy cakes.

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  1. hrhboo Jun 26, 2007 12:07 PM

    No biscuits would be a deal-breaker for me! How much is the charge for real maple syrup?

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    1. re: hrhboo
      Diana Jun 26, 2007 01:15 PM

      Pretty steep, for syrup. But it's good stuff. I could always sneak in my own.

      But can I make it without biscuits? Are the griddle cakes really worth no biscuity goodness?

      1. re: Diana
        hrhboo Jun 26, 2007 01:24 PM

        Hmmm...tough one. If the biscuits are an important part of the birthday feast (they would be for me too!) then you might feel disappointed if you don't have them. And it would be a shame to be disappointed on your birthday!

        I've never had the pancakes at The Griddle so I can't attest to their greatness.

        1. re: hrhboo
          riceflour Jun 26, 2007 10:13 PM

          I find the pancakes at The Griddle to be less than fluffy. Huge, yes, but not light and airy. They're good if you're hungover, but probably not the best choice for a birthday feast.

    2. Emme Jun 26, 2007 10:09 PM

      Have you done Original Pancake House?

      I also love Du-Par's Buttermilk pancakes.

      Two other unique sets of pancakes I've had were at the Four Seasons (Lemon Ricotta) and Campanile (cottage cheese based), but I don't know the situation on biscuits at either.

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      1. re: Emme
        Diana Jun 27, 2007 06:15 AM

        I can't do OPH, they cook in peanut oil, and I'm allergic.

        Du-Par's is OK, but I want a little more option in flavors.

        Thanks for the suggestions, though!

        1. re: Diana
          Emme Jun 27, 2007 07:12 PM

          More than Waffles has some good cakes, and of course, a ridiculous waffle selection!

          In the valley at Mo's, they have a rockin' creme brulee french toast, nine grain pancakes, and stuffed popovers... albeit not a ton of selection, but all really yummy.

          Jack'n'Jill's has a good selection

          Love the apple pancakes at Barney Greengrass

          Pretty good ones at Quality. Also, BLD has great ricotta blueberry 'cakes.

          Swingers has good oat and corn cakes.

          1. re: Emme
            Diana Jun 28, 2007 07:13 AM

            Yeah great, my choices are John O' Groats, or The Griddle.

            Pancakes, no waffles, no french toast, no popovers!

            But I'll save your list for another time.

            1. re: Diana
              Emme Jun 28, 2007 02:47 PM

              Sorry perhaps you should start a peanut oil free Pancake House... Diana's Pancake Biscuit Haven?

              1. re: Emme
                hrhboo Jun 28, 2007 07:50 PM

                With real maple syrup, no charge!

                1. re: hrhboo
                  Emme Jun 28, 2007 08:10 PM

                  And a design your own add-ins menu...
                  Pick your base...
                  Buttermilk, Seven Grain, Cornmeal, Oatmeal, or Ricotta/Cottage Cheese
                  Pick your add-ins...
                  Sauteed apples, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, ollalieberries, peaches, chopped dates, strawberries, jam swirl
                  Nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, peanuts), graham cracker crumbs, oreos, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, granola, peanut butter
                  Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom

                  1. re: Emme
                    Diana Jun 29, 2007 08:24 AM

                    "Nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, peanuts),"

                    No, no nuts! :)

                    1. re: Diana
                      Emme Jun 29, 2007 11:44 AM

                      I hate nuts too, but I was trying to be senstive to others' taste buds. :-)

                      1. re: Emme
                        Diana Jun 29, 2007 01:01 PM

                        I don't hate them, I'm deathly allergic to them. I guess some part of my body does hate them, in the long run.

                        I developed the allergy over time. I used to love nuts. Now they send me to the ER, and the real doctors aren't as sun or good looking as the TV ones.

                2. re: Emme
                  Diana Jun 29, 2007 08:23 AM

                  Well, now, that's an idea..and I love the name!

                  How about :

                  Diana's Nut-Free Pancake Biscuit Haven

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          woofer Jun 27, 2007 10:33 AM

          stick with john o'groat's. the griddle's pancakes are huge, no doubt. but they are far from fluffy and the wait there is ridiculous. nicer atmosphere at o'groat's too.

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          1. re: woofer
            mc michael Jun 27, 2007 11:39 AM

            Not sure I concur on atmosphere. I find O'Groats kinda stodgy and Griddle more young and trying to be hip not necessarily making it. Better eye candy at Griddle if that matters.

            1. re: mc michael
              Diana Jun 27, 2007 11:46 AM

              I don't need hip, nor eye candy (how absolutely silly!)

              I just need good pancakes and biscuits.

              People who let hipness and eye candy figure into their dining choices deserve what they get, food wise. It's not always the truth, but hip quotient and candiness do not necessarily a good chef nor good service make.

              I prefer a nice, quiet place in which to contemplate and savor my cakes!

              1. re: Diana
                mc michael Jun 27, 2007 01:57 PM

                If you want quiet, you want O'Groats.

          2. goodhealthgourmet Jun 27, 2007 10:17 PM

            i've heard terrific things about dinah's on s. sepulveda, and they have a huge variety of cakes on their menu, from the basics to the more decadent stuff like apple pancake, dutch baby, german pancake, etc. oh, and since their other specialty is fried chicken, i'm pretty sure you can have your biscuits too :)


            happy birthday!

            1. PlatypusJ Jun 29, 2007 03:55 PM

              I've never been to John O'Groats, but I love the Griddle's pancakes. I'll be the first to admit, though, that the deliciousness comes from the toppings and other added goodies, not from the quality of the cake itself, which is about average.

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