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Best waffles and/or pancakes

Emme Oct 13, 2002 06:48 PM

I'm looking for really good belgian waffles and/or top-notch pancakes in the West LA or valley areas (tarzana, encino, sherman oaks, studio city areas). Any ideas?

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    Eric RE: Emme Oct 13, 2002 06:53 PM

    You may want to try Dupars in Studio City for pancakes.

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      Bruce RE: Emme Oct 13, 2002 10:27 PM

      A lot of the little coffee shops that close at 3pm make good pancakes and the price, along with eggs bacon and toast come to 5 bucks.

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        eat much? RE: Emme Oct 14, 2002 10:28 PM

        The pancakes at DuPar's are fabulous (as is the french toast).

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          Ralph RE: Emme Oct 15, 2002 01:09 AM

          I recommend Jinky's on Ventura Blvd in Van Nuys
          for good pancakes, but....in this area, I don't think
          you can beat IHOP! They're always upgrading their menu
          with creative items.

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            Emme RE: Ralph Oct 15, 2002 03:03 AM

            Jinky's has never done it for me. After a really long wait to get a table and mediocre service, the food has to be really worth it for me to be impressed. They do make healthy omelettes, but I've never been as impressed with this place as my friends have.

            I must add on another note that I remembered having pretty decent pancakes at Campanile for a Sunday brunch menu.

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              nubi RE: Ralph Oct 16, 2002 05:20 PM

              I challenge any chowhound to try the Country Griddle pancakes at IHOP (made with Cream of Wheat) and tell me that they aren't great ... or at least interesting!

              Aside: I think standard pancakes are one of those things that are as easy to make as they are unbeatable when made in the home -- like burgers.

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              Richard Mendell RE: Emme Oct 25, 2002 12:03 PM

              Try Dinah's in Glendale.

              They have absolutely divine pancakes, not only the usual Buttermilk and Chocolate Chip, but also Dutch Oven Pancakes and Apple Pancakes.

              They're not as good as Original Pancake House, but all the California locations are down in Orange and San Diego Counties. Those are the best pancakes I've ever consistently had!

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                CynD RE: Richard Mendell Nov 29, 2006 05:21 PM

                There's an Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach, on PCH near its intersection with Palos Verde Dr. (a couple of doors south of the Bristol Farms, and catty corner from Chez Melange), Their Dutch Baby pancake and blueberry pancakes are terrific.

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                kimpossible_1138 RE: Emme Oct 28, 2002 12:11 PM

                I'd vote for Roscoe's house of chicken and waffles. I've been trying for months to replicate their tender, chewy, heavenly waffle with no success.

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                  BabyDaddy RE: kimpossible_1138 Dec 1, 2006 04:55 AM

                  I second that motion. Best waffles I've ever had. Chicken was good too!

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                  Carianne RE: Emme Nov 3, 2002 04:23 PM

                  My favorite is The Good Earth Restaurant. Their ten grain pancake is the best I've tasted. Also, if you're ever in the Upland area, BC Cafe is a really good breakfast spot. Be ready to wait in line though.

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                    tennisboy RE: annieNboo Nov 29, 2006 05:06 PM


                    Sorry to yell but I can't believe no one has said this. WOW!

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                      Francesca RE: Emme Nov 29, 2006 06:18 PM

                      Brent's Deli in Northridge. Oat bran pancakes - sounds "healthy" but they are decadent.

                      1. davinagr RE: Emme Nov 29, 2006 06:23 PM

                        Hands down, Bobby's Coffee Shop in Woodland Hills on Ventura Blvd has THE best buttermilk pancakes, plus darn good coffee too.

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                          young_chower RE: Emme Nov 30, 2006 11:46 PM

                          My vote goes for Roscoe's too. They are the best I've ever had. Be sure to spread the butter on each of the waffles then pour that great syrup on there.

                          I've also had the famous Apple pancake at the Original Pancake house in Redondo. It was really quite good and something unusual. It's also HUGE. But that's not a waffle is it?

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                            cupcake RE: Emme Dec 1, 2006 04:17 AM

                            I have to go with Jinky's in Santa Monica. Their chocolate chip/strawberry pancakes are to DIE for, and there is never a wait if you go during the week. It's on second street between Broadway and SM!!

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                              Diana RE: cupcake Dec 1, 2006 11:20 PM

                              Or go to the original Jinkey's on Ventura in Sherman Oaks.

                            2. Amanda Enclade RE: Emme Dec 1, 2006 11:57 PM

                              I love the pancakes at john o'groats yum.....

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