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Apr 9, 2009 09:30 AM

best pancakes in boston?

i want to grab some pancakes while im in the boston area and need to know where the best are. My boyfriend is a pancake lover. The area is non-specific as long as its in boston.

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  1. I really like the ployes and the jonnycakes at Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Second the Deluxe Town Diner, but I'd add that their regular sour cream flapjacks are the very best pancakes I've ever had. And I don't even really LIKE pancakes.

      1. re: jkv

        Third. I like the sweet potato pancakes too.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Those sweet potato pancakes ARE awesome. Definitely not a traditional pancake, but delicious.
          If you are looking for something a bit more traditional, try Doyle's in JP. I haven't been in a while, but their fruit pancakes are great. Crispy on the edges and filled with strawberries, bananas or blueberries (or all three.) Plus you can order real maple syrup.. Doyle's isn't especially known for their food but these are some good 'cakes....

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Personally, I'm fond ot the blue corn pancakes w/blueberries. I keep meaning to order something different, but I love these so much I end up getting them almost every time. I also mean to order the Rhode Island Johnnycakes for comparison, but never quite manage it...

            1. re: pamlet

              To be fair, the Deluxe Town Diner doesn't do my favorite style of jonnycakes: theirs are the thicker mainland style, whereas I prefer the thin, lacy-edged, east-of-Narragansett-Bay style. The only remaining exponent of that version I know of is Commons Lunch in Little Compton, RI, and I haven't been back there since it was rebuilt after a major fire a few years back. But the Deluxe Town does excellent thick-style jonnycakes: they taste like they use the proper white flint corn meal (probably from Kenyon's).

              If anyone knows of other places that do real jonnycakes (not wheat flour pancakes with a bit of cornmeal mixed in), I'd love to hear about them.


      2. I like the pancakes at Martin's Coffee Shop in Brookline. Mul's Diner in South Boston also has some good ones.

        1. A lot of people go bananas for Sorella's on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, because they will put just about anything into pancake batter. Personally, I think it's gross, and I prefer to head up the street to Centre Street Cafe, which has tasty, fresh-fruit topped pancakes AND the best crispy corn and oat waffles ever. Really, ever.

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          1. re: hungryi

            Centre St. Cafe does indeed make excellent pancakes.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Third Centre St. Forgot about them. And this coming from someone who isn't necessarily a huge pancake fan.

              1. re: twentyoystahs

                The waffles are great at Centre Street, but I've never much liked their pancakes. They can be dry.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  Hm. I do far prefer the waffles at Centre Street, and it's worth noting that the pancakes, while very good, do fall into the "substantial" category rather than the "light and fluffy" category, but I haven't found them dry.

                2. re: twentyoystahs

                  Went to Centre Street witih the family for Easter Brunch. Not a long wait at all, very nice staff, three of our breakfasts were terrific..... the huevos, breakfast burrito and Eggs bennie Easter specials, but the three Easter special fruit pancakes were flat out awful. Very dense, heavy and gummy, no visible fruit on or in. My husband has been complaining all day. He's never sent anything back, regrets that he didn't this time. It must have been an off - way off - day!

              2. re: hungryi

                In defense of Sorella's, the *plain* multigrain pancakes are really excellent, IMO. I don't even put butter on them, just a bit of real maple syrup. They are buttery enough on their own, crispy on the edges, just delicious. I steer clear of the kitchen-sink pancakes, myself.

              3. The pancakes at Sound Bites are pretty fantastic, especially the chocolate-chip-coconut.

                1. Hm. Unlike the most memorable pancakes I've ever had (Moab, UT Jailhouse Cafe: gingerbread), I can't think of many places that don't have standard, sweet, institutional batter pancakes.

                  Cranberry & pecan pancakes at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in the Back Bay: awesome combo even if it's your basic pancake mix. Ambiance = priceless.

                  Banana and walnut pancakes at Ball Square Cafe, Somerville: so tasty, loaded pancakes, basic batter. Also a good choice, the fresh fruit topped version.

                  Soundbites has a wide variety (Ball Sqr. Somerville) too.

                  Center St., in general, is awesome.

                  Post back what you find :)

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                  1. re: MaineRed

                    Oh, I've eaten at the Jailhouse Cafe in Moab! Those are indeed good pancakes.