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Oct 21, 2001 01:58 PM

really good pancakes in the Westside? help...

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Hi All,

I'm new to town and need info on where to get really good pancakes. I have had the strawberry granola pancakes at the mission cafe in San Diego and they are heavenly. Is there anything like this near west LA?


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  1. Axe, on Abbot Kinney in Venice, serves a 9 grain pancake with real maple syrup. Although it is only available for weekend brunch, it's huge and a cut above typical pancake fare.

    Dinah's on Sepulveda and Centinela in Westchester, serves oven baked pancakes. While I haven't tried the lemon or banana walnut versions, the large apple cinnamon is easily enough to serve two people.

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    1. re: u4ik

      In the category of straight down the line old fashioned no gimmicks no improvements plenty of butter n' syrup and no matter how hard you try and how many issues of Cooks Illustrated you force yourself to read you still can't make them turn out this fluffy every single time like they do: Norms.

      1. re: AZ

        I have been able to get my wife to go to Norm's twice, both times on Christmas morning when nothing else was open. After the second time she said that I would be looking for a new breakfast companion if I tried it again. I do go once in a while by myself when I am up real early and feel the need for grease. I normally have their spicy polish, eggs and pancakes. Norm's for the abnormal chowhound.

    2. You might want to read through this previous thread on Westside breakfast places. It is not all about pancakes, but life, and breakfast, is more than flapjacks.


      1. Kokomos in the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax has some real decent pancakes. Outside seating only. (And while you're there, the donut stand is terrific, as is the Gumbo Pot)

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        1. re: Sandra W.

          My brother ordered the pumpkin pancakes at Kokomo's when we had lunch there a few weeks ago, and they were very disappointing. It may have been an off day, but they were truly tasteless.

        2. Duke's on Sunset near an Vicente in Hollywood has the BEST straight up p-cakes. Also love Dupars with it's little bucket of melted butter and berry syrup option.

          1. They're absolutely no-frills, but I find myself returning often to the pancakes at Rae's in Santa Monica. While the rest of the experience (including the prices, mercifully) screams "cheap diner," I find the pancakes surprisingly light and nice alongside the more cholesterol-ified items on the plate.

            John O'Groats on Pico (next to the Rancho Park golf course) is another option, though I've only been there once (the weekend brunch crowds are murder). More-frills kinds of pancakes, which may be more along the lines of what you're looking for.