Best Pancakes Ever? (For Dinner!)
I am in search of a delicious pancake dinner, in the central to west LA area. Anybody ever hear of such a thing?
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.