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Pancakes in DC

pineapple sage Apr 21, 2009 05:07 PM

Where can I find great pancakes in DC? Plain, sliver dollar, blueberry, chocolate chip-it doesn't matter.

Bluebucks at Market Lunch are high on my list but I need a place with table service. Thanks

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    DCDeb RE: pineapple sage Apr 21, 2009 05:49 PM

    Florida Avenue Grill has great breakfast.

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      Elyssa RE: pineapple sage Apr 21, 2009 07:45 PM

      I love The Original Pancake House in Bethesda. (I'm almost positive that's where my bf took me...it's been awhile). The pancakes, as you can imagine are great. I remember having pumpkin pancakes and chocolate chip. Very good!

      I use to go to the Diner when I lived in Adams Morgan when I got a late night pancake craving (for some reason it comes at night for me vs the morning).

      Mmmmmm now I'm craving pancakes.

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        dpan RE: Elyssa Apr 22, 2009 08:20 AM

        There's also the OPH location in Falls Church on Rt 7, a couple of blocks north of the intersection with US 29 in the same strip mall as the Starbucks.

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        Sean D RE: pineapple sage Apr 21, 2009 08:01 PM

        Assuming that IHOP isn't your thing, there is one stand-out in this area - The Original Pancake House.

        Their signature dish is the Apple Pancake, which is a made-to-order, German-style dish. Essentially, scalloped apples with cinnamon and sugar, browned in a skillet, then covered in a very egg-ie pancake batter, and then the skillet is thrown into a hot oven to be finished. It balloons up in there, and they turn it out onto a plate to be served. It's HUGE!

        They are also one of the few places that will make a Dutch Baby, which is a lemony-tasting, balloon-like pancake made with the same type of egg-ie batter, in a skillet, in an oven.

        They also have other breakfast foods, waffles, and savory dishes. The only thing I don't like about the Original Pancake House is that they are always crowded on Saturdays and Sundays.

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          chicken kabob RE: Sean D Apr 22, 2009 09:27 AM

          I really like the pancakes at Tastee Diner-Bethesda.

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          nickdanger RE: pineapple sage Apr 22, 2009 09:40 AM

          Although I never have been there for b'fast, Ben's Chili Bowl has pancakes on the menu, along with much-maligned corned beef hash. Now I do have to check it out.

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            Sean D RE: pineapple sage Apr 22, 2009 11:12 AM

            Totally irrelevant to this local recommendation, but the very best pancakes I've had in my life came from this popular local place in the Catskills (NY) area - Sweet Sue's. They were the biggest, lightest, most sumptuous pancakes I've ever had. Worth a detour.

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              MsDiPesto RE: Sean D Apr 24, 2009 09:45 AM

              I can attest to the goodness that is Sweet Sue's!! A must try if you're in the area.

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              cfoodie RE: pineapple sage Apr 22, 2009 01:05 PM

              Unfortunately, the original pancake house here in the DC area is not as good as others. But that the only place I can recommend... Bethesda is better than Rockville.

              1. ktmoomau RE: pineapple sage Apr 22, 2009 01:11 PM

                Tallulah in Northern Virginia had great pancakes, but I haven't had them in a while.

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                  mselectra RE: pineapple sage Apr 22, 2009 03:58 PM

                  Open City had a ricotta cherry pancake (or something like that) special last week, maybe still does. Didn't try it, but I think they do okay with waffles, so might be worth checking out.

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                    Hungry Panda RE: pineapple sage Apr 23, 2009 07:37 AM

                    The lemon infused pancakes with passion fruit sauce I had at Leopold's Kafe in Georgetown last weekend were fabulous. They also had blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

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                      sweisman RE: pineapple sage Apr 24, 2009 07:09 PM

                      My favorite are at the Parkway Deli in Silver Spring. Nothing fancy, just great pancakes. The rest of their food is great as well.

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                        Sean D RE: pineapple sage Apr 28, 2009 02:38 PM

                        Hmmm...doesn't all of this posting about "nothing special" pancakes leave you with the distinct impression that the metro DC area could use a charming, premium pancake place?

                        1. crackers RE: pineapple sage Apr 28, 2009 06:02 PM

                          If you can wait awhile, and enjoy a good Rooty Tootie Fresh 'N Fruity (only 865 calories per serving!), IHOP is in negotiations to open at the DCUSA building in Columbia Heights.

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