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Feb 5, 2008 08:05 AM

Pancakes in Harvard/Porter

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...

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  1. Try the Delux Town Diner on Mt. Auburn in Coolidge Sq., Watertown (sweet potato pancakes) among others:

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    1. re: Taralli

      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...

      1. re: maillard

        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.

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

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

          1. re: Taralli

            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!

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              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.

              1. re: beetlebug

                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.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

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

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    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.

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

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

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        1. re: cambridgeMike

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

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

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          1. re: smtucker

            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.

          2. 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.