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Pancakes in Harvard/Porter

maillard Feb 5, 2008 08:05 AM

It's Pancake Day, and reading about pancakes on food blogs all morning has left me with a serious craving. Is there anywhere in Harvard or Porter Sq. where I could get some tasty pancakes this evening? I know there's an IHOP in Harvard Sq. now, but I'd rather not go that route...

  1. finlero Feb 5, 2008 01:56 PM

    S&S has its enemies on the board, but if you're looking for pancakes served all day, in this general area, it may be your best bet.

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      02139 Feb 7, 2008 03:07 AM

      Zoe's is a lot better than S&S, and Deluxe town diner is more T-accessible, IMO

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        finlero Feb 7, 2008 06:16 AM

        Water under the bridge for the OP's Pancake Day question, but out of curiosity, do Zoe's and/or Deluxe serve pancakes at night?

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          cambridgeMike Feb 7, 2008 06:21 AM

          i'm fairly certain that zoe's serves breakfast all day though i've only been for breakfast/brunch.

    2. MC Slim JB Feb 5, 2008 01:48 PM

      Between Harvard and Porter, I remember the Half Shell doing decent pancakes, but it's been a looong while since I've been back there.

      Deluxe Town does my favorites, though they're nowhere near your original request.

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        bachslunch Feb 5, 2008 01:30 PM

        Andy's on Mass Ave just north of Porter Square does respectable greasy-diner-style breakfasts. Haven't had their pancakes, but I'd guess they're better than IHOP's. I think they close about 3 PM, though.

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          smtucker Feb 5, 2008 08:42 AM

          Isn't the new diner an option? Just did a search and found this recent thread about Danny's Diner:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416900

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            CityPork Feb 6, 2008 05:25 AM

            Yah, and his other place, Mass Ave restaurant. I am not sure if he sold it or not, but I love the blueberry pancakes there.

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            cambridgeMike Feb 5, 2008 08:22 AM

            Zoe's just outside of harvard square does some pretty nice pancakes.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 5, 2008 03:21 PM

              Seconded, and convenient for being one of the few actually in the requested area.

            2. yumyum Feb 5, 2008 08:15 AM

              In my family we do crepes with a squeeze of lemon and some powdered sugar, which leads me to recommend Z Square.

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                Taralli Feb 5, 2008 08:13 AM

                Try the Delux Town Diner on Mt. Auburn in Coolidge Sq., Watertown (sweet potato pancakes) among others: http://www.deluxetowndiner.com/home.html

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                  maillard Feb 5, 2008 08:48 AM

                  That is my favorite place for pancakes, but I don't have a car and do have a very busy evening, so I won't be able to make it to Town Diner tonight...

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                    Ralphie_in_Boston Feb 6, 2008 06:54 AM

                    For future reference (and for others' info.) , the bus route from Harvard Square running down Mt Auburn St. runs regularly and has a stop at the doorstep of this diner.

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                      Taralli Feb 7, 2008 06:54 AM

                      It's the #71 bus & the Armenian markets(Arax & Massis, bakeries(Sevan), etc. are just up the street, as is Jasmine, the Persian resto.

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                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 7, 2008 07:04 AM

                        Actually, the #71 OR the #73 (which splits off and goes up Belmont St) out of Harvard Square goes past Deluxe Town Diner. If you're clever and you've got a CharlieCard, you can take one route out of Harvard Square and the other one back and only be charged one-way!

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                          beetlebug Feb 7, 2008 07:19 AM

                          Actually, where the 73 bus splits off is about half a mile from the Town Diner. It's an option as long as the rider knows to get off at before the bus turns on Belmont Street. Easily walkable, although long on a day like today. The 71 stops in front of the diner as well as all the Armenian Markets.

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                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 7, 2008 08:50 AM

                            I'm not clear what you're saying. Between Harvard Square and Belmont Ave, the #71 and the #73 make exactly the same stops, including the stop across from the Deluxe Town Diner.

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                              Allstonian Feb 7, 2008 08:59 AM

                              No, it doesn't. It turns on to Belmont Street just past the Shaw's. Deluxe is a ways away from there, as noted.

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                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 7, 2008 09:06 AM

                                Oh, wait, I see what the problem is: I gave Google Maps subtly but importantly wrong information when placing the restaurant. You're absolutely right, the #73 branches off before the Deluxe.

                                I fully admit that I have long believed that Mt. Auburn Street is actually a wormhole that does not fully exist in this dimension: it's the only logical explanation I've found for where it does and does not go.

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