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Jul 2, 2007 12:45 PM

Amazing Buttermilk Pancakes at Eastern Standard

I never order pancakes for breakfast because I usually find them sort of boring: basically a stodgy vehicle for syrup/jam.

The ones I had today at Eastern Standard blew me away. (We actually ordered a second round.) They're like two styles of pancake in one. The middle is light, spongey and about a quarter inch thick. The edges are thinner, lacy, very crisp and intensely buttery. To me, that makes them the best of both worlds: quasi-crepe plus something delicate but a little more substantial. I think I could become a bit obsessive about cutting out the middles and quarantining their two parts though, so that the syrup *just* goes on the spongey part and the edges taste purely of butter. In the end, I decided that having a bite of one and then a bite of the other while trying to figure out which is better is just not possible first thing in the morning.

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  1. Wow, you really make those sound delicious! I rarely get up in time to go out for breakfast, but will have to make an exception for these ; )

    1. Wow these sound great...any chance of getting them with chocolate chips?

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      1. re: heathermb

        I didn't see any mention of chocolate chips on the menu, though the one time I asked for a substitution there and they had the ingredient on hand, they were accomodating.

      2. These pancakes do sound great..mmmm. It's funny, I've never been much of a pancake fan..and then a while back I had pancakes exactly as you describe, at Doyle's-- of all places, the bar/restaurant in JP. They were heavenly..crispy on the edges and a bit spongier on the inside. Absolutely delicious. I haven't been back in a while, but it's good to know of another place that serves them in this style.

        1. Every once in a while I crave breakfast "out" on a work day, and they're right on my way on one of my possible routes. Do you know how early they start serving?

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          1. re: Allstonian

            We arrived at 7:45 and there were a couple of tables seated already. I'm not sure what time they open, though, but I'd imagine quite early for the hotel guests.

              1. re: Joanie

                Yup, Vermont maple syrup, and a generous gravy boat full at that. Price was about $10, I think.

            1. re: Allstonian

              Just checked the rather confusing website, and it looks like 7 a.m. I'm also not usually a pancake fan, but these do sound great. Unfortunately I can't make it there for another couple of weeks, so please post if you go so I can get a vicarious fix.

            2. Thanks a lot for the post, I absolutely love pancakes, and I will definitely check these out. So far, the best pancakes I'e ever had are the Deluxe Flapjacks at Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. They are made with their own special mix (which they sell in the little bakery nextdoor) and contain sour cream as their special ingredient, which give them amazing richness and moisture. They completely melt in your mouth, but do not fall apart. Definitely worth checking out.