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Jun 26, 2007 11:14 PM

Pancakes in Philly

I am looking for the BEST place in Philly to eat pancakes. I am a pancake fanatic and I am looking for something original--not just your buttermilk pancakes. Help please!

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  1. The Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market has the best pancakes in town far and away ( I eat them weekly). They are big, fluffy, and delicious, and you can get blueberry ones too.

    I have tried them at Sam's Morning Glory, the Down Home Diner, the Continental, and Honey's Sit and Eat. Some are better than others, but none are as good as the ones at The Dutch Eating Place.

    1. It is not in Philly, but the best pancakes I have ever had in my life were at Zakes Cakes in Fort Washington. They were soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and covered in carmelized mangos and hazelnuts. I still dream about them.....

      1. The best pancakes I've ever eaten were from Sabrina's. They have all different kinds there, I'm a chocolate chip fan myself. They also make all kinds of stuffed french toast.

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        1. re: lawgirl3278

          I think the most fun ones are at Hanks in Chadds Ford -- lots of toppings and whipped cream.

          1. re: Difromphilly

            That's a pretty long way to go from Philly for pancakes...

            1. re: Buckethead

              Especially when you include the *line outside on weekend mornings*! Those people are crazy.

        2. Man all of these delicious suggestions are making me hungry! :-) I have heard really good things about Sabrina's and also Down Home Diner. I have THREE mornings there, so hopefully each day can be a different pancake adventure!

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          1. re: sprock

            Not to be nosy, but where have you heard good things about the Down Home Diner? I've been disappointed every visit there and it gets racked over the coals on Philadelphia Citysearch. Just don't want to disappoint you!

            1. re: bluehensfan

              I have to be honest- I've eaten there on a few Sunday mornings for lack of a better option in the area. I was hesitant after seeing slammed on here so many times.

              Not the best breakfast ever, but really not bad at all. Good pancakes, good potatoes, whole grain toast option, and very good quality breakfast meats. I don't eat eggs, but have heard the cheesesteak omelette is a tasty option.

              I WILL say that the service is horrible. That was consistant across the board.

              1. re: jessicheese

                I have been looking at "best of" lists and I usually see the Down Home Diner listed as one of the best breakfasts. Though, after what you guys have said here, I am not sure I will be trying it out!

          2. I despise Sabrina's for a multitude of reasons, but I always have to grudgingly admit that their whole wheat blueberry pancakes are delicious. My all-time favorites are the mixed berry pancakes from Honey's.

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            1. re: voracious eater

              i hate sabrina's too! their breakfasts are poorly prepared and their whole wheat pancakes taste loke paste. and for all the time's i've been to morning glory, i don't think i've ever gotten pancakes.

              i did just have the best pancakes that i have ever had in philly two weekends ago at sulimays in fishtown. it is on the corner of girard and berks and on the menu it says 'our pancakes take longer to cook because they are made fresh, but they are worth the wait'. they were right. i ordered chocolate chip pancakes and the texture was light and delicious and they didn't overkill the chocolate chips. but still, i didn't need to put anything on them, no butter, no syrup, no whipped cream, nothing. they were delicious as is. i was very very pleasantly surprised.