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Apr 7, 2008 08:15 PM

Flappy Jack's Pancake House

Before the Renaissance Fair this Sunday I'm eating breakfast at "Flappy Jack's Pancake House." Does anyone have any menu recs? I'm leaning towards a skillet, but am open to suggestions if something is better.

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  1. I've been there twice in the last 6 months, including once last week.

    The multi-grain pancakes are huge, unusual and delicious. They're kind of like coffee cake in a pancake. I could only finish half of an order, but not because I didn't like them.

    Last week, I wanted a smaller dish. So I picked the bacon and eggs. You get the bacon and eggs (I picked 2 slices instead of 4), and the rest of the plate is filled with potatoes. I thought..."I'll only eat a little bit of the potatoes and I'll be fine." But the potatoes are really good, and I ended up eating the whole thing, along with the English muffin. This is also a delicious dish.

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    1. re: lil mikey

      Hmmm... I do like the idea of coffee cake in a pancake.

      1. re: Diana

        Thanks for the link. Maybe I'll get a bacon waffle.

        1. re: ReelMike84

          The last time I was there, I got their bacon pancakes and found the bacon to be a little burnt. The pancake itself was good, but just watch out for the bacon.

          Here are some pics:


      2. I went there once a few months ago, because the logo on the outside sign and various things I found on the Web led me to believe the place was related to the Original Pancake House. It's nice and homey, and the help is friendly, but I really didn't like the taste and texture of that potato mass they serve. Everything else I ordered was good but not memorable. I shouldn't draw conclusions from just one visit, but, given the extraordinary opportunity in this neighborhood, my advice is to: (1) get coffee from one of the nearby Starbucks outlets -- double-cup, so it stays hot; (2) pick up an order of bacon at Flappy Jack's; and, then, (3) roar into the Donut Man just down the street and prepare yourself for a fabulous breakfast-in-the-car! Logically and geographically, the Flappy Jack's stop should be last, but then you wouldn't be able to walk towards your car from the Donut Man window saying, "Only 15 steps to go, only 14 steps to go, ...."

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

        Donut Man
        915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

        Starbucks Corp
        1832 E Route 66 Ste A, Glendora, CA 91740

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        1. re: Mel Gee

          You'd think I'd drive all the way to Glendora and NOT get a donut? Surely you jest!

          1. re: Mel Gee

            The secret to the potato mass is to get them well done. It really helps.

            The Flappy's Favorite Skillet is really good. I have never had a bad pancake there. Just be ready for huge portions. My wife and I go about once a month and we love it, but we try to find something to share. Even when we share, we come away stuffed.

            1. re: Velvet Elvis

              Thanks for the skillet tip, I'll remember that on Sunday.

              I'm very weird about sharing at new places. Normally I go to new place with my girlfriend, and if we know the portions are gonna be big she always suggests picking one thing and sharing to which I always kinda pretend like she never said that. C'mon it's a new place! I don't wanna order one thing and split it when there is a whole entire menu left to explore. I'd rather just have us each order something and end up wasting food, or at least taking the extras home if possible.

              1. re: ReelMike84

                I do the exact same thing with my wife when she suggests we share. I was just letting you know the portions are huge. Enjoy.

          2. How about their country fried steak or eggs benedict? Anyone have any news on how those are? And their gravy? Thanks!

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            1. re: WildSwede

              Based on one visit by three of us who shared some portions of what we all ordered. The Country Fried Steak is pre-battered, frozen and dropped in the deep fry. I did not like the flavor. I really think the gravy is from a can. It is white and too thick with that bland / sweet flavor so common in LA. The "lean corned beef" (as it is called on the menu) is also from a can. The two pork chops are thicker than most but IMO they are not high quality and have a strong ...pig?...flavor and are not near tender but hard to chew. Come to think of it, they brought me a steak knife to cut the chops and I needed it. The breakfast potatoes smell bad and taste even worst. Note that these potatoes are the foundation of the Skillet meals. What this place is about is the pancakes and eggs. The pancakes are above average and the eggs are perfect. I order basted/covered eggs and it is hard to find them done corectly. This place made all our eggs (basted, over-easy and scrambled) the way we like-um.

              Breakfast is my fav meal and the SGV is not known for breakfast. However, a couple of places come to mind. The Village Vault which also happens to be in Glendora (Old Town area) is one place worth visiting. The cooks at this place take real pride in what they do. The pancakes are even better than the ones we had at Flappy Jacks. The eggs are done right as well. The meats are high quality and the ambiance is very nice. In fact, the ambiance of this whole section of old-town is probaly the best LA has to offer. I would probably blow-out the Renaissance Fair idea after breakfast and spend the rest of my morning walking up and down the street and in and out the little shops. I know thats what I would do because I have done it so many times over the last 30 years.

              Another good place is the Peach Café. Pancakes do not get better than at the Peach. Everything is high quality including the coffee (see the coffee menu on the link). Finally, there is the Original Tops located right off the 210 on the Western edge of Pasadena. They offer very good pastrami and egg breakfast burritos, sandwiches and plates. Tops also has bacon and eggs.

              Peach Café (Hand made Burgers, Goat Cheese Omelette w Spinach & Scallions, Café Blueberry Cakes w/ a hint of orange, Crescent French Toast)
              141 E Colorado Blvd
              Monrovia, CA 91606
              (626) 599-9092

              Village Vault Restaurant
              161 N Glendora Ave.
              Glendora, CA 91741
              (626) 914-4417

              Tops (Kobe Bistro burger, deep fried zucchini, pastrami on a french roll, asada or chicken totasda, Kobe beef dip and pastrami and egg breakfast sandwich)
              3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
              Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
              (626) 449-4412

              1. re: JeetJet

                Thanks for that Jeet! I love the Peach Cafe for breakfast (and lunch) and now that I am moving closer.... Yum! If you look under reviews on their website you will see one I wrote under "Chowhound" or something like that.
                Will have to explore Glendora and the Village Vault!

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Is the Village Vault good for lunch or dinner?

                  1. re: Velvet Elvis

                    I have only eaten breakfast at the Village Vault --so many times. I have no idea what else they do in the afternoon. Now you have me wanting to go and see if they are even open once the sun goes down. I could call but I would rather drive through that section of town just to see the town at night. The reason is that once you begin heading east on Foothill from Grand Ave. and drive past the old Fosters Freeze on the right side of the road, you notice that you are heading back to a better place in time. By the time you make the left turn going North on Glendora Ave. you are in 1950's America. I have never drove through it at night before but even if the Village Vault was not open it would be worth the drive and maybe stop at Fosters Freeze like old times.

                    Hey, it appears that in my post above I was wrong about the location of Tops. Tops is on the Eastern end of Pasadena

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Sadly, much of that part of Glendora goes silent after dark. Frisella's is open and one or two other places, but that seems to be it. But I agree that old town Glendora really is like a time warp. It would be a cool place to hang out if more places were open at night.

                      Checking elsewhere made it sound like Village Vault is open, but breakfast is really what is worth visiting for.

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