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Best Pancakes Ever? (For Dinner!)

esquimeaux Jun 9, 2008 10:57 PM

I am in search of a delicious pancake dinner, in the central to west LA area. Anybody ever hear of such a thing?

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    bulavinaka Jun 9, 2008 11:17 PM

    Okonomiyaki, the Japanese dinner "pancake." Two basic types - Hiroshima-style or Osaka/Kansai-style - with tons of variations. Try wikipedia for a further explanation. My go-to place is my mom's home, but when she's giving me the stink-eye which is telling me to bugger off, it's Gaja Moc in Lomita - not in your geographic area of request but worth the drive...


    1. westsidegal Jun 10, 2008 06:50 AM

      when i have a hankering for a pancake dinner, i go to dinah's family restaurant near LAX and order two things:
      1) their huge baked 'german pancake' which is like a huge popover served with lemon wedges and powdered sugar on the side so that you can create your own lemon-icing-slurry
      2) their huge baked 'apple pancake' which is like the aforementioned huge popover which is baked with the addition of fresh apples and a cinnamon glaze.

      plan on taking home leftovers.

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      1. re: westsidegal
        Diana Jun 10, 2008 07:31 AM

        Dang it, I forgot about Dibah's. Now I have ANOTHER pancake place to consider for next month's Birthday pancake feed.

        What am I up to now?

        Back to John O Groats.

        First time to The Griddle

        Out to Gaffey Street Diner

        Drive to The Pine place (forget the name) up the pearblossom highway

        Does Dinah's have good biscuits?


        1. re: Diana
          Moomin Jun 10, 2008 08:38 AM

          I'd say The Griddle... no question. Of course... and this is a specific caution for you... The Griddle is more or less the Father's Office of breakfast places.

          It's crowded, loud, the wait can be upwards of an hour, the clientelle fairly consistantly represents a "type," and so forth... but combinations like their pumpkin pancake with pumpkin pie filling and bourbon whipped cream, are mind meltingly fantastic.

          The major difference is that The Griddle (accomodating for occassional errors due to hectic service), will allow substitutions. Also, the kitchen WILL do half stacks, which should cut the average caloric intake to somewhere around 4000kcals (as the full stack is comprised of roughly six pounds of pancakes and toppings).

          But, if the humble pancake is your theme, you literally cannot do better than The Griddle.

          1. re: Moomin
            Diana Jun 10, 2008 09:04 AM

            ON my pancake feed, calories don't count!

            1. re: Moomin
              Cinemaverite1 Jun 10, 2008 01:17 PM

              The Griddle's pancakes are good, but I don't think they're open for dinner. I believe they close around 4 pm.

              1. re: Cinemaverite1
                Moomin Jun 10, 2008 02:34 PM

                Yup. I was specifically replying to Diana, who previously has had her pancake feed in the morning hours.

            2. re: Diana
              westsidegal Jun 10, 2008 01:40 PM

              no, dinah's has NO biscuits.
              the ONLY things that i recommend at dinahs are:
              the german pancake
              the apple pancake
              the chile relleno omletter
              and, to a lesser degree:
              the swedish pancakes served with lingonberry butter

          2. Kris P Pata Jun 10, 2008 02:30 PM

            DuPar's. End of story.

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            1. re: Kris P Pata
              J.L. Jun 10, 2008 08:07 PM

              Werd on DuPar's.

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              Motherhubbard Jun 10, 2008 08:47 PM

              Kate Mantilini on Wilshire and Doheny in Beverly Hills has marvelous crepe-like pancakes and I think they do serve them at dinner.

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              1. re: Motherhubbard
                chowchow12345678 Jun 18, 2008 10:02 AM

                I LOVE Kate Mantilini's moist crepe-like pancakes too! They're my favorite pancakes, but I've never been to The Griddle or to John O'Groats or Flappy Jack's. I'm not sure if they serve them during dinner though, I thought they stop serving breakfast on weekends around 2 or 3pm -- better call first and ask about it.

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                esculent Jun 17, 2008 05:49 PM

                The hotcakes at Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken in Culver City astound me. Personally, I prefer to overdo it by ordering both hotcakes AND biscuits.

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                1. re: esculent
                  Diana Jun 20, 2008 07:36 AM

                  ooh, me too!

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                  archer Jun 20, 2008 12:04 AM

                  Musso & Frank's flannel cakes are perfect for dinner, if they in fact serve them @ that time (they may be only available @ lunch...)

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                  1. re: archer
                    Kate is always hungry Jun 22, 2008 12:30 AM

                    I hope they are better than the one's I whipped up for my mom for Mother's day a few years ago. The L.A. Times printed the recipe. I don't know what went wrong! Always liked the name--like pajamas.

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