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Jan 14, 2009 04:37 PM

Best Pancake Nominee?

My earlier post on Dupar's has caused me to wonder what other griddle-borne goodness may be lurking out there in the City of Angels.

Please nominate your selection for "best pancake" and also include a coherent reason why.


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  1. I'm not normally a pancake person -- I usually go with hashbrowns on the side, extra crispy. But I really like the ones at S & W Diner -- big, tasty, a nice texture, not too heavy but with substance. Two large ones come as a side alternative with their combo breakfasts -- I try to go with a friend close enough so one of us orders the pancakes and the other the hashbrowns and toast and we can share. At S & W a main (I like the homemade corned beef hash, crispy), two eggs any style, and a choice of side is as much or more than I can eat and well under $10.

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    1. re: nosh

      As stated in the Du-Pars post, Schooner or Later in Long Beach. My coherent reason is flavor.

    2. Julienne in Pasadena.

      Coherent reason? They're pumpkin and topped with crystalized ginger butter. That's reason enough for me, coherent or otherwise.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Love their French Toast, all three types but especially the Creme Brulee French Toast. I'll have to try the pancakes soon, very soon!

        2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

        1. re: sel

          Wow I've never heard of Julienne. Thanks for the address. I love Pasadena and cant wait to check it out.

          1. re: LadyintheKitchen

            Lunch is good too, not open for dinner (well sometimes for special events).

      2. First stop is Original Pancake House. It will take a month of Sundays for you to try half of the Pancakes on the menu .This is not IHOP where every pancake is the same but with different toppings. These are really all different.. Try the thin chewy flap jacks and the fluffy buttermilks first. Then move on to the others. Finally, go to Pie N Burger in Pasadena for the best thin style and fluffy style.

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        1. re: JeetJet

          The apple pancake at OPH is my personal favorite (at least outside of New England), although I suppose it's not really a traditional pancake.

          1. re: David Kahn

            Just a note on the OPH that if you get the dutch baby get a side of bacon (or other pancakes!) as well. That baby is not very filling but it is tasty. Also the bacon waffle, while delicious in imagination is not so delicious upon presentation. I didn't read the description clearly and thought it would arrive having been made with bacon in the batter. In actuality it's just a waffle with broken up bacon bits strewn on top. I could of done that myself.

        2. baked apple pancake
          baked german pancake
          from dinah's family restaurant near LAX

          1. Montebello Country Club coffee shop for chewy thin pancakes like they used to serve at Hamburger Hamlets for Sunday brunch. I'm not a fan of thick fluffy kind.

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            1. re: monku

              Hey monku, is this coffee shop up that hill on Via San Clemente off Garfield? I have gone to several meetings at that large hall up there. All I ever ate up there was some mass produced rubber chicken served to 200 people during the meeting. I never noticed a coffee shop. Is this place open in the morning hours during the week? Do they offer these thin chewy pancakes everyday? My Thanks

              1. re: JeetJet

                The coffee shop is on the ground floor next to the golf shop below the banquet rooms. They remodeled the coffee shop and bar last year. You can park at the golf course lot or around the back at the Hilton Garden Hotel.

                The coffee shop is open everyday 5:30am-4pm. The food at the coffee shop is pretty good. Play golf there once a week and eat lunch there. I'd eat breakfast there too, but I'm a big fan of J&S's machaca burrito for breakfast.

                Pancakes are served everyday and you can get them anytime of day. You can get even get one pancake if you want to just try it--that's what my buddy orders for breakfast or Golfer's Special with 2 pancakes, eggs and bacon of sausage for $6.95. One day I said I wanted 4 pancakes (they almost cover the plate) and it was way too much. They also do a great hamburger.....1/3 pound burger (ask for it med-rare) and fries for like $6.95.....I think its the best hamburger around. They also have a great Thai chicken salad for $8.95 which is pretty good too.

                1. re: monku

                  I finally got a chance to try these cakes. This is a very nice cafe to either sit at the counter or at a booth or table. I saw two nice large flat TVs. These pancakes are larger than regular cakes and more thin with a little chew. The cakes at Pie, n Burger and Original House are larger, thinner and have more of a chewy texture. I would say Montebello Country Club coffee shop cakes are a mix (someplace between) thick fluffy and thin flap-jacks. They are good and when I return again I might look into the breakfast burrito I noticed in the menu.

                  1. re: JeetJet

                    Glad you were able to check it out.
                    Try the hamburger-I think its one of the best around and ask for it med-rare, think its a half pound burger. Never had the breakfast burrito, but one of my buddy's is always ordering the machaca burrito. They do a great Thai chicken salad, you'd be surprised.