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Aug 20, 2007 11:30 AM

Question about Pancakes in LA...

I hate to do the whole "who has the 'best' pancakes in LA?" but I am doing some research on pancakes in Los Angeles and am looking for the best of the best. But I need more specific info...

First, what cafe/restaurant makes your favorite pancakes? Why is it the best? And, what specific pancake dish is your favorite (blueberrie, plain with real maple, etc.)...?

And, lastly, what makes a GREAT pancake?

Clare K.

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  1. I just had pancakes at Who's on Third yesterday. Nice ones, fluffy and with a nice buttermilk bite to them.

    1. John O' Groats on Pico, for me, hands down.

      Great fluffly cakes, with several different flavor options. Buttermilk, Buckwheat, 9 Grain. You can choose one of those three and have another option of fruit of your choice, pumpkin spice, lemon curd, chocolate chips, nuts and more mixed in. They also have real syrup (for a fee) and great biscuits!

      A great pancake should be fluffy and light, big enough to fill the plate. If the place can't make a good plain buttermilk cake, forget all the bells and whistles.

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      1. re: Diana

        You got there first, but I get to do the link.

        Other than John O'Groats and (yuck) IHoP, does anyone in L.A. do buckwheat cakes for breakfast (i.e. not blini)?

        John O'Groats
        10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        1. re: maxzook

          Flappy Jack's in Glendora has buckwheat pancakes.

          They also have bacon pancakes ...

          Flappy Jack's
          640 West Route 66
          (626) 852-9444

          Flappy Jack's Pancake House
          640 W Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I found the buckwheat pancakes at Flappyjacks so dry that they were inedible. Their Swedish and potato pancakes are very good, though, as is their German pancake (aka Dutch baby).

          2. re: maxzook

            Yes!!! Try The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown! They have great buckwheat pancakes. Plus its a historic landmark. Expect long lines on weekend mornings. Just get a newspaper and expect the wait. Or go on a weekday.

            Original Pantry Cafe
            877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles - (213) 972-9279

            1. re: GingkoCat

              Linked it

              Original Pantry Cafe
              877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        2. Doughboy's gets my vote for offering the most incredible variety of pancake adulterations a human being could imagine. They're also one of the few places where I can order a plate of pancakes and know that it'll easily fill me up until dinner (even if I only finish half of it, which is typical).

          My perennial favorite is the banana pecan butterscotch buttermilk pancakes. Yesterday I tried the rice krispie pancakes with melted marshmallow topping (real melted marshmallows, mind you, not anything from a jar) and while I'm not exactly relishing the memory, I applaud them for inventing something so audacious.

          1. I enjoy the pancakes at Rick's Drive In and Out in Alhambra--they have that slightly chewy texture but still remain fluffy with a bit of sweetness to it. The owner told me they add a vanilla "syrup" to their batter. At Rick's, I eat them plain, just with a bit of butter and syrup.
            For blueberry pancakes, I've enjoyed the ones that Rod's Grill in Arcadia serves--quite a huge portion with lots of berries mixed into the batter and whipped cream if you'd like. It's really more like breakfast-dessert.

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            1. re: Augusta

              Many, many years ago, Rick's in Alhambra used to serve their pancakes (and all their breakfast fare) on styrofoam plates.

              It was a big turnoff. It was like McDonald's without the "I'm Lovin' It" feeling.

              Now, I understand they actually use real plates.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Give them a try again. I think Rick's is one of our favorite breakfast places plus the prices are very reasonable. We usually split a plate of pancakes and the steak and eggs; I think we end up spending about 10 bucks for the two of us.
                And yes, they use real plates now!

            2. Julienne in San Marino

              Blueberry walnut pancakes, with lemon curd and maple syrup.

              What makes for a great pancake? To paraphrase Justice Potter of the U.S. Supreme Court (as he was trying to describe pornography): "I know a good pancake when I taste it."

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Hah, that's a good paraphrase. I love a pancake that's moist on the inside and has crispy edges. Nothing worse than a big, fluffy pancake that leaves your with dry mouth.

                1. re: krez

                  ...except a gummy, too-wet pancake! :(

                  1. re: Clare K

                    Oh no that wouldn't do either!

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  Objection. Justice Potter Stewart passed on attempting to define obscenity offering only, “I know it when I see it.” Obscenity is something more than pornography. Perhaps if the art medium before the Court was culinary arts rather than motion picture arts it would have been more easy to find that the cakes and french toast at Julienne, along with that real maple syrup, are a multi sensory experience that is Obscenly Good. – the best of the best!. Good paraphrase ipse, and a great recommendation.

                  2651 Mission Street
                  San Marino, California 91108

                  1. re: JeetJet

                    "Blueberry walnut pancakes, with lemon curd and maple syrup"-- sounds really good. How much for a plate?

                    1. re: katkoupai

                      I have been to Julienne only twice. I once had a tuna sandwich for lunch, and for breakfast I had the “French Toast Julienne” which comes with real Maple Syrup. I recall that each meal cost about $10. I recall that because I nothiced that many of the meals on the menu were near $10. I got the impression I was paying rent for the use of the chair in San Marino and for that rent you get a really good meal free of charge. Both times I not only left happy but thinking “I will return.”

                        1. re: katkoupai


                          the pancakes were about 8 bucks.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Thank you. Sounds like a great deal. :)