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First time at the Griddle

  • d

We got there at 8:00 sharp on Saturday, and already over half the tables were gone!

I ha a mocha and a mimosa to celebrate turning 33 this month (normally, drinking calories beyond a wine or beer and the rare milkshake is verboten!)

I ordered one of three different flavors of cake for my "Pancake Hootenanny".

Banana nana: Perfect banana pancake bliss.

A time to love: The pumpkin cake with Struesel, butterscotch chip and caramel, with more pumpkin and whipped cream on top

BLUESberry: Blueberry topped with blueberry sour cream goo.

They were HUGE and yummy and wonderful. I almost finished all three-with a little help from my husband. The thing was, my favorite wwas the "time to love" but it was so sweet, it finished me off. I don't think I could ever eat a full stack of those-TOOO sweet! but one was nice. If I had three of less sweet flavor, I could have easily defeated the cakes!

My husband had the some like it HOT scramble.

Great coffee, good cakes, good food! I wanted to try more flavors, but three was enough food! In fact, I don't know if I'll need pancakes again till this time next year, which is generally how we do it.

Then we went on an 8 mile hike up Nicholas Flats. The 1800 ft elevation gain in the first 2.5 miles definitely used pancake power (and sugar, I imagine)

What a great day.

When we were at the Griddle, I was touched to see the staff helping an infirm, blind homeless woman to the bathroom and probably to some free food. they treated her with such gentle respect, allowing her to keep her dignity. What a nice place!

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  1. How about providing a location, web address, something???

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    1. re: JeMange

      seriously? Griddle Cafe at Fairfax on Sunset.

      Griddle Cafe
      7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. re: JeMange

        I live less than a mile from the Griddle and I've never been because the line is always out the door and I can't be bothered to wait that long for breakfast. I'm pretty surprised that there's anyone left that doesn't know about it either. The only other place around here that generates such a consistent lineup is Pink's. Hint: you can locate Pink's with the search function ; )

        1. re: JeMange

          I don't think Emme was indignant. The Griddle is an institution of sorts in LA and Diane had a prior post about her pancake birthday a couple of weeks ago. Anywooo, I'm glad you had a great meal there. Wasn't the pumpkin pancake awesome? Makes me want to skip my gym in the morning and hit the Griddle.

      2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Glad you had such a great day. Love the Griddle! (8 miles??? Geez, that's impressive!_

        1. I LOVE the griddle cafe! I've had the banana nana, golden ticket, and a time to love as well. All great, but yes - the time to love is definitely a dessert. Good choice for a celebration!

          1. What about the bisquits? Did you get any and if so how were they and where did you indulge in them? Happy B-day!!!!!!!!

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            1. re: JEN10

              none at the griddle, and I had no room! I'll have to get them later this month! Still not sure where to go!

            2. Hi Diana,

              Very nice report; can't wait to visit the Griddle one of the times I can remember to wake up early enough and drive over to beat the lines. :)

              1. Happy B-Day, D. Griddle cafe is one of my regular standby breakfast place. Their pancakes are great and their chillies are good too. I am happy they do the french press strong coffee. But I get sorta put off by their huge portions which feels too gimmicky to me. I wish they paid a little more attention to the refinement of their menu rather than just the huge portions which sometimes makes me lose my appetite when I see the gigantic mounds of food. That's one of the reasons I don't go as often as I would if their menu was a little more interesting and eclectic. Sometimes it is just too too much for me to pack all the leftovers. But it is a breakfast place and it does it pretty well.

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                1. re: Jolly

                  I agree on the oversized portions, especially the pancakes. My first time there, late 90's, I ordered a 'stack' of 3 pancakes for each of my twin lads who were about 6 years old at the time. The server should have warned me that they were the size of a dinner plate and 3 for each kid was WAY too much. They could not even finish one.

                2. BTW, Griddle Cafe has a website, at www.thegriddlecafe.com

                  I'm going to try to squeeze in a trip to Griddle Cafe on an upcoming trip to the area in June. I have two questions:

                  1. There are references to long waiting times to be seated. Do these happen only on weekends, or would I expect a wait on a weekday?

                  2. Do they offer partial portions of their pancake dishes at a reduced price? Here's why I ask. We have a similar place in Chicago, called Bongo Room, with pancake specialties like pretzel pancakes covered with white chocolate sauce, and blueberry pancakes topped with almond panna cotta cream. The standard portion size at Bongo Room is three HUGE pancakes. It doesn't say so on the menu, but at Bongo Room, you can also order a one-third or two-thirds portion size at a reduced price - which is perfect for children and those with small appetites, or foodies (like me) who want to try more than one dish. I was just wondering whether this might also be true at Griddle Cafe.


                  1. I'm not really a pancake lover (gasp!) But I do enjoy the eggs benedict at The Griddle. They have a really nice hollandaise, which, as we all know, can make or break the dish. Do they still have that big jar of free candy?