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Jul 30, 2007 09:40 AM

Restaurants and real maple syrup

Was wondering what folks think about whether restaurants, specifically places that specialize in breakfast should offer real maple syrup? Are there places you frequent that do?

Because I can't stand fake syrup, I almost never order pancakes, waffles, or French toast when eating out.

In one case there's a place that calls itself "The French Toast Factory" and they serve 20 some different types. But, they do not offer maple syrup, which kindof ruins the whole deal.

I realize it's expensive, but do you think a place like that (or any place really) should offer real maple syrup? Perhaps for an extra charge?

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  1. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE real maple syrup! I would pay the extra fee to have it on my pancakes/waffles/French toast any day

    1. Here in the Twins, so close to Canada, most of the better breakfast places serve only real maple syrup in tiny one-serving bottles or cups. If you want more than that, they charge additional. Some places offer both, with a premium for the real stuff. Quite worth it, I think.

      Part of why I never liked IHOP was their abysmal syrup offerings.

      1. I think restaurants, esp. those specializing in breakfast, should have REAL maple syrup. Factor the cost into the price of the dish, offer only a certain amount (say 1/4 - 1/3 cup) and charge extra for more.
        It is especially a shame here in Canada, where maple syrup is widely produced.

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        1. re: thenurse

          They can't do it that way because a good portion of folks (majority even, perhaps) would rather have the fake stuff. But they could and should offer a fixed portion of real maple syrup for an extra charge. As long as it's a fixed portion there shouldn't be an issue with the cost.

        2. I may be spoiled living in montreal, but I don't see why a resto would offer corn syrup at all (and yes, even here there are many who do- though maple is always available for a small fee.). Why not just use honey as your standard if you're not using maple syrup?

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          1. re: Moosemeat

            We're talking about Aunt Jemima (maple flavoured corn syrup), not plain corn syrup.
            Oh to live in Montreal and be sheltered from the maple syrup woes of the rest of the country/world.
            Honey sucks as a MS substitute, you need that real maple flavour or nothing :(

          2. I always pay for the real syrup (when I can). What makes me crazy is having to leave some behind in the little pitcher afterwords! Bintliff's in Portland ME serves the real stuff (for a small fee) in small glass bottles with stoppers. You use what you need at breakfast and then take the rest home. A great solution in my book.