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Best Pancake Nominee?

SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 04:37 PM

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.

SAM

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    nosh RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 08:01 PM

    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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      JAB RE: nosh Jan 14, 2009 08:05 PM

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

    2. ipsedixit RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 08:36 PM

      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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        sel RE: ipsedixit Jan 14, 2009 08:59 PM

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

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          LadyintheKitchen RE: sel Mar 27, 2009 09:33 PM

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

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            sel RE: LadyintheKitchen Mar 27, 2009 09:41 PM

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

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        JeetJet RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 09:00 PM

        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.
        http://originalpancakehouse.com/

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          David Kahn RE: JeetJet Jan 15, 2009 07:50 AM

          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.

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            ReelMike84 RE: David Kahn Jan 15, 2009 09:01 AM

            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. westsidegal RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 09:08 PM

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

          1. monku RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 09:24 PM

            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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              JeetJet RE: monku Jan 15, 2009 08:37 AM

              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

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                monku RE: JeetJet Jan 15, 2009 06:10 PM

                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.

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                  JeetJet RE: monku Jan 23, 2009 03:16 PM

                  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.

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                    monku RE: JeetJet Jan 24, 2009 05:49 PM

                    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.

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              TailbackU RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 14, 2009 09:30 PM

              I'm not a huge fan of pancakes in general, but the blueberry pancakes with ricotta at Little Dom's is ridiculously good. Easily my favorite pancakes in the city.

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                heckonwheels RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 15, 2009 07:58 AM

                Two nominees...
                1. Home Bakery and Cafe in Montrose. Basic buttermilk pancakes but there is no mealy texture at all, a perfect medium brown color, and just a hint of a crusty crunch on the outer layer of the cake. Before being served, butter is melted over the top and the taste is out of this world. It also help that you can get a combo with eggs and bacon for around $5.

                2. Peach Cafe in Monrovia. Many go for their blueberry cakes, which are very good, but the buttermilk variety is also outstanding. There secret...which isn't really since they readily tell you...is putting some orange juice in the batter which gives the final product a slightly sour taste that reminds me of a good sourdough bread. Again, the price for cakes alone is in the $5 range and the cakes can be substituted on any of the other breakfast plates in place of the hash browns and toast.

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                  JeetJet RE: heckonwheels Jan 15, 2009 08:40 AM

                  Yeah, those pancakes at the Peach Cafe are a true uptown breakfast and that orange juice is what puts them over the top. The coffee selections are also very good.

                  The Peach Cafe
                  http://www.thepeachcafe.com/

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                    DrBruin RE: JeetJet Mar 28, 2009 09:08 AM

                    I have to agree about the Peach Cafe. The pancakes were tasty.

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                    SecretAsianMan RE: heckonwheels Jan 24, 2009 05:41 PM

                    I tried Home Bakery last weekend and unfortunately couldn't muster much enthusiasm for the pancakes...maybe it was an off day but they were rather bland. Sorry.

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                      heckonwheels RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 26, 2009 11:40 AM

                      No prob, different strokes and all.

                  3. Schweinhaxen RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 15, 2009 09:26 AM

                    I truly enjoy Du-Par's pancakes as I find them fluffy and cooked just right with a cake like texture and soft and slightly chewy texture. The drawn butter is a nice complement and I find this a steal of a place to go when it is late night. I am a pancake purist and I do not like fruit, nuts, or flavored syrup on my pancakes. People may differ here on this board, but I think they are the best in LA for straight forward traditional pancakes.....

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                      Amuse Bouches RE: Schweinhaxen Jan 16, 2009 05:05 PM

                      I don't even LIKE traditional pancakes and I like DuPars. But I always go with the boysenberry syrup.

                    2. orythedog RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 15, 2009 10:09 AM

                      THIS IS MY FAVORITE SUBJECT NEXT TO BBQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hands down, the tastiest and most consistently good pancakes are at The Original Pancake House. The only LA county location is Redondo Beach. But...if you have ever been to any location, including those in Orange County or San Diego, they are all packed all of the time. My favorites are the 49'er flapjacks which are thin like a crepe and as big as a plate. Others have tried to duplicate (ex: Marstons & Pie n Burger) but they do not achieve the same texture as OPH.

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                        JeetJet RE: orythedog Jan 15, 2009 10:24 AM

                        I disagree about Pie n Burger not achieving the same texture for those thin flapjacks. After going to both places for years and thinking they were closly the same I actually had to try both places back-to-back. So about two months ago I did both places the same day. (I had brakfast at Pie N Burger and then my son called to meet him in OC, so I went and...) and the winner hands-down, IMO, is Pie N Burger. I say that not only because the price was less and because you get one more pancake then OHP, but because of a better chewy texture and flavor. Also, at Pie N Burger those large thin pancakes are cooked just a lttle darker and IMO that looks more homemade. Also, once I knew for sure that I liked the thin cakes at Pie N Burger most, I could not stop eating'em and went back twice a week for several weeks. Then I noticed my pants started getting -- ah , small again -- and I had to stop going about four weeks ago.

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                          sbritchky RE: JeetJet Jan 15, 2009 02:53 PM

                          I've never had anything but lukewarm chili and wonderful hamburgers, hashbrowns, and pie at PIE 'N BURGER, so on JJ's recommendation, I'll have to try their pancakes soon. I'm surprised to hear they even resemble, much less challenge, the OPH 49'er Flap Jacks, those thin, tender, and lightly chewy pancakes from the chow side of Heaven.

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                        sobriquet RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 15, 2009 03:36 PM

                        I love the pancake at The Griddle Cafe that has a shot of espresso and chocolate chips.

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                          ExtraCheesePlease RE: sobriquet Jan 16, 2009 03:02 PM

                          Love the Griddle. Especially the pumpkin pancake. Yum.

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                            uhockey RE: sobriquet Jan 25, 2009 05:12 PM

                            Black Magic, Pumpkin, Golden Ticket........hell, all of 'em are superb.

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                              uhockey RE: uhockey Mar 28, 2009 04:32 PM

                              #1 Griddle for the audacity and decadence and the variety - vast difference between the textures/flavors of each pancake.

                              #2 CiCi's for the variety and decadence, not quite on par w/ Griddle and the pancakes are mostly the same aside from the sauces.

                              #3 Jack n' Jills for GREAT quality hotcakes (fluffy, airy, great) that are much more subtle than the others - yet can be dressed up for decadence.

                          2. Dommy RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 16, 2009 10:12 AM

                            I'm not a pancake fan... but my favorite are the thin lemon ones from Campanile.... I wrap them around their fabulous sausage... DELISH...

                            --Dommy!

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                              Emme RE: Dommy Jan 16, 2009 10:02 PM

                              I will second that these are good... though haven't had them in eons... back when I still could :(

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                              bigredd RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 16, 2009 12:46 PM

                              Kate Mantilini. Thin, crepe like and delicious!

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                                monku RE: bigredd Jan 16, 2009 05:23 PM

                                Kate Mantilini is owned by the Lewis'........the originators of Hamburger Hamlet. Its the same pancakes they used to serve for Sunday brunch at the Hamlets and same type of pancakes I've had at the Montebello Country Club coffee shop.

                                I have it from a source that worked at the Hamlets that it comes from a commercial pancake mix that they "thin" down to get that type of pancake.

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                                megs8 RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 16, 2009 04:39 PM

                                Aunty Em's in Eagle Rock has a rotating pancake special for their weekend brunch...always delicious with a complementing house-made butter to match. Scrumptious.

                                1. soniabegonia RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 16, 2009 05:04 PM

                                  my pick of the moment is Square One - nice & fluffy, you can taste the fresh dairy flavors, vanilla whipped cream made with real vanilla beans, real maple syrup (although, does any respectable restaurant serve the fake stuff anymore??)

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                                  4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                  1. Emme RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 16, 2009 10:03 PM

                                    The Four Seasons' lemon ricotta pancakes are really light and yet flavorful and melt in your mouth good.

                                    The Griddle has the pick for the biggest selection of decadent more desserty/candy cakes.

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                                      foufou RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 17, 2009 11:11 AM

                                      Dish in LaCanada has great pancakes

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                                        sel RE: foufou Jan 17, 2009 06:36 PM

                                        Agree, but the manager refuses to offer real maple syrup!

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                                          Joani Macaroni RE: sel Feb 27, 2009 08:51 PM

                                          Have you checked the prices on that lately? It's now up to about $15 for a jug that cost about $8-10 a year ago. . .

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                                            westsidegal RE: Joani Macaroni Feb 28, 2009 02:24 PM

                                            it could be offered with an upcharge-- a little pitcher (maybe 3 oz) for an extra $3 or so. . .

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                                              sel RE: Joani Macaroni Mar 9, 2009 10:30 PM

                                              Sorry, just saw your reply. When I talked to Dish's manager prices were still reasonable. Yes maple syrup prices have shot sky high but I think it should be offered as westsidegal mentions for an upcharge. I did go to a lovely place in Oakland that made there own brown sugar and apple cider syrup (tasted delicious) because of the current high prices for pure maple syrup. I love the creativity of that place, haven't seen it in L.A.

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                                            Poeticalmath RE: foufou Jan 23, 2009 03:21 PM

                                            im a have to try that out

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                                            Bachatatera RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 17, 2009 07:50 PM

                                            I like the 9 grain pancake at Axe. It's big, so I recommend sharing it with someone along with something else on the menu.

                                            1. junglekitte RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 17, 2009 07:57 PM

                                              I admit I haven't tried most of the restaurants other posters have suggested but I love the Original Pancake House.I went this morning in fact!

                                              Order either the 49'ers (which is what I had today) SO GOOD.
                                              the apple pancake
                                              or the dutch baby
                                              my friend likes the buckwheat or original, which are good, but I like the other three much better!

                                              My favorite pancake used to be Soul Folks in downtown LA but I hear they closed down? (haven't been in years) they were the best I have ever had.

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                                                sbritchky RE: junglekitte Jan 18, 2009 10:31 AM

                                                The OPH Georgia pecan pancakes, the Swedish (thin, sometimes with crisp edges) served with lingonberries, and the French crepes (with either fresh or frozen strawberries, depending on the season) are also outstanding.

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                                                  kevin RE: junglekitte Jan 24, 2009 05:51 PM

                                                  please, please, please if soul folks has resurfaced somewhere let us all know.

                                                2. susans RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 17, 2009 09:13 PM

                                                  Bake 'n Broil usually has lemon blueberry buttermilk pancakes listed on the specials board, mornings only. Lots of berries, sprinkled with lemon zest and served with a dish of raspberry sauce instead of syrup. Outstanding flavor combo.

                                                  1. SecretAsianMan RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 24, 2009 05:42 PM

                                                    I have discovered that the pancakes at Cedars Sinai cafeteria are not only incredibly inexpensive, but quite good. Highly recommended!

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                                                      latindancer RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 26, 2009 04:42 PM

                                                      How funny I was thinking the same thing about Cedars Sinai and that great little cafeteria.
                                                      It's a nice little cafeteria, I had a great turkey burger a few weeks ago, but haven't had the pancakes yet
                                                      Next time.

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                                                      New Trial RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 25, 2009 12:04 AM

                                                      To add to the suggestions already made: I love the pancakes at Pacific Dining Car (breakfast is the only meal I really enjoy there)--the blueberry in particular are huge but fluffy and bursting with wonderful blueberries. Marston's also does very good blueberry pancakes but it is hard not to order the excellent crunchy french toast when I go there. Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach offers a nice variety and executes them well but I seldom have the patience to wait in the inevitable line to get in.

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                                                      Pacific Dining Car
                                                      1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                      Marston's Restaurant
                                                      151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

                                                      Uncle Bill's Pancake House
                                                      1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                                                      Pacific Dining Car
                                                      2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                                                        JeetJet RE: New Trial Jan 25, 2009 08:10 AM

                                                        My son just mentioned to me yesterday that he had those pancakes at the Pacific Dining Car this week and thought they were excellent. He also mentioned that breakfast for two was a little over $60. Your mention of blueberry pancakes made me recall another place for blueberry pancakes -- Egg Heaven Cafe. These are also very good. I order a high stack with a side of sausage. The sausage has a nice casing (snap) and a flavor and texture that is way above most.

                                                        Egg Heaven Cafe.
                                                        4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
                                                        Long Beach, CA
                                                        (562) 433-9277

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                                                          sentient1 RE: JeetJet Jan 27, 2009 05:42 AM

                                                          oh, I've been in the mood for yummy pancakes too.. think I will have to check out the Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach. 1756 South Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach, California 90277 310-543-9875 http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/

                                                      2. avivale RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 27, 2009 09:47 AM

                                                        Not "the best" pancakes, but delicious and unique: the strawberry chai pancakes at Hugo's in West Hollywood. Complement them with a chai latte!

                                                        My favorite pancake EVER was at the Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley, Marin County. Upside-down with caramelized sliced mango. It tasted extra good coming as my breakfast reward after a 14 mile trail run. I'm afraid to say more lest this post get kicked off the L.A. board. :)

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                                                          JudiAU RE: SecretAsianMan Jan 27, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                          The fresh corn pancakes at Jar are etheral.

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                                                            David Kahn RE: JudiAU Jan 28, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                            I totally agree! Superb corn pancakes. The sticky bun amuse bouche is pretty damn good too, and their shredded roast beef hash, while nontraditional, is one of my favorites.

                                                          2. orythedog RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 26, 2009 01:05 PM

                                                            I forgot that I did a comparison of Dupars versus Original Pancake House in 2007. The link is here:

                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454078

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                                                              Ernie RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 26, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                              Lemon ricotta pancakes with caramelized blueberry compote at Mike & Anne's in South Pasadena. I've tried lemon ricotta pancakes at a couple of other places in LA and these are the best. Very moist and you can actually see bits of ricotta in the batter. Mike & Anne's other breakfast offerings are also very good.

                                                              http://www.mikeandannes.com/breakfast...

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                                                                Emme RE: Ernie Mar 9, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                Ever had them at the Four Seasons on Doheny?

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                                                                ohdaylay RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 26, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                                You have to try Pie and Burger in Pasadena. Nothing too fancy, just fluffy and super fresh.

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                                                                  JeetJet RE: ohdaylay Feb 28, 2009 03:00 PM

                                                                  Fluffy? Yeah, Pie and Burger does have great fluffy pancakes but in your 2007 comparison, which you link above of Dupars versus Original Pancake House, you had the 49er flapjacks at OPH. I agree that the OPH is far superior to D. But have you compaired the thin chewy pancakes at P&B with those OPH 49er flapjacks? If you have not then you must have them -- thin, chewy, more for your money than OPH and better bacon too. Sitting at that counter and having a full stack of P&B thin style pancakes has become something I do when I know I need something real special to start my day.

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                                                                    sbritchky RE: JeetJet Feb 28, 2009 03:29 PM

                                                                    I keep forgetting to get over to PNB for breakfast and will correct that mistake soon.

                                                                    However, I'm confused. Does PNB have two kinds of pancakes -- (1) fluffy and (2) thin, chewy, non-fluffy, OPH Forty-Niner's style? Their menu (http://www.pienburger.com/menu.htm) lists only "Hot Cakes."

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                                                                      JeetJet RE: sbritchky Feb 28, 2009 04:33 PM

                                                                      Sorry. That is a good point and it should be mentioned when discussing P&B pancakes. Yea, they two types of "Hot Cakes." The menu only mentions "Hot Cakes" so when you order you must make sure the server knows which kind you want -- thick & fluffy or thin and chewy. Most of the time the server will ask which kind you want but sometimes they do not ask and.... Twice I have gone there with aq fried and while sitting at the counter reading the menu the server put a short stack in front of us. I asked what are these... And was told the cook makes extra sometimes and so.... That was how I got to try the thick kind. They are very good but when I order I get the thin kind. Like I say, when I feel a bad day is in my future, or feel I deserve something special just for me, I order a full stack w/ extra butter (although they give you lots of butter without the asking).

                                                                      The thin and chewy are the same style as the Forty-Niner Flap Jacks at OPH. The thick and fluffy are more like the buttermilk at OPH but larger. Once I told the server that next time they re-print the menu they should list "Fluffy pancakes" and "Thin FlapJacks." I got only a look that said, "Why?" That is one reason why I lke the place, they never change.

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                                                                        sbritchky RE: JeetJet Feb 28, 2009 04:38 PM

                                                                        OK -- thanks. Armed with this knowledge and an empty stomach I'll stop by some morning soon for those skinny cakes. (I've already called to see if they offer them later in the day but, sadly, no.)

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                                                                          JeetJet RE: sbritchky Feb 28, 2009 04:50 PM

                                                                          Thanks for letting me know they do not offer them later. I thought they did. This is the kind of place that if they ever do make any changes or new additions it would be adding a P&B Official Suggestion Box twenty feet above the top of the entry door.

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                                                                  JeetJet RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 28, 2009 05:08 PM

                                                                  Another place I learned about here from our "Chino Wayne" is Frisco's. Very good lagre fluffy style pancakes. I ask for some blueberry topping that they put on their blueberry ice cream and they will even warn it up -- so good. The ambiance of Frisco's is as close to a NJ diner as it gets here in L.A., They have some booths made from cars. No movie star look-a-likes but the carhops on skates, eh, -- how did Vincent say it? -- "It's like a wax museum with a pulse rate." See the slides..

                                                                  Frisco's
                                                                  http://www.friscos.com/

                                                                  Frisco's servers -- Slide Show
                                                                  http://www.friscos.com/carhopgallery.htm

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                                                                    orythedog RE: JeetJet Mar 9, 2009 03:02 PM

                                                                    OK, so I went to P&B and got the thin pancakes. They were more well done than the ones at OPH but they were dry and tasted faintly of grease form the grill. The 49er flapjacks at OPH have a certain "chew" and "moistness" to them. While I go to P&B from time to time, I think it is impossible to cite any item there as superior to the offerings at OPH. To each his own...

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                                                                    junipersong RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 9, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                                    The pink lady at Cici's Cafe in Tarzana. Very fluffy with an incredible combo of raspberry, macadamia nut, and raspberry sauce. Buttery bites of HEAVEN.

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                                                                      sumo3175 RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 10, 2009 03:17 AM

                                                                      For a different savory type pancake there is a korean type called pa-jun. Sometimes you can get a mixed seafod or even a kimchee pancake. The batter is slightly different but is really delicious.
                                                                      Also cobras has a socca cake which is a chickpea pancake which you can top with either a cilatro sauce or a goat cheese and honey. I personally like the goat cheese and honey. Yum!

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                                                                        Fikismom RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 27, 2009 11:07 PM

                                                                        I'm a Norm's convert. Everything else there is mediocre at best, but those pancakes are amazing. Buttery, perfectly cooked toasty brown outside, delicious flavor in the batter, melting pat o butter on top...did I mention the butter?

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                                                                          CinnamonKitten RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 28, 2009 05:57 AM

                                                                          Hugo's on Riverside in Sherman Oaks makes a very decent pumpkin pancake.

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                                                                            Francesca RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 28, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                                            Sourdough pancakes @ Temecula Creek Inn

                                                                            Oatbran pancakes @ Brent's Deli (Northridge)

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                                                                              jerseygirldawn RE: SecretAsianMan Mar 28, 2009 08:57 PM

                                                                              I also love DuPars but since have found a better.
                                                                              You HAVE TO try Gridles Cafe on Sunset. OMG! They have all kinds of pancakes and each one is the size of a medium size pizza pie!!! I have been twice. I have tried one with butterscotch, coconut, rolled oats.... it basically had everything under the sink in it. It was beyond!! The next time I tried the chocolate chip pancakes. I took a friend (thats her in the pic. lol). There was no way to finish this ONE pancake. Gosh it was good though.

                                                                               
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