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BBQ and Pancakes in Frisco area

Philly-ish Chowhound is visiting the Frisco area briefly and is interested in great BBQ and pancakes. Initially I am thinking Rudy's for BBQ and the Original Pancake House for pancakes. I was also planning on going to L&L Hawaiian BBQ for some kahlua pork. Let me know if I am on the right track...I'm not big on chain-food type places but this is what I came up with.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. You're in Frisco so that area is generally going to have a lot of chains. Don't worry about Original Pancake House being a chain as they are one of the better places to have breakfast in that area. Lots of good feedback all around for them.

    Could also head south on the tollway to Mama's Daughter's Diner. They recently opened a West Plano location on Midway and Park, and they are a good diner/meat and three kind of place.
    http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

    Rudy's is decent BBQ, but not great.

    1. I would second OPH for breakfast, but if on a weekend, be prepared for a wait unless you call ahead.... the one close to me will let you call in your name for the wait list ahead of your arrival.

      My only complaint has been the Dutch Baby, prepared from a crepe batter, it has had (2 occasions) a rubbery texture on the bottom. But, the fact that it is one of their 2 signature items, well.... a lot of people must think they like it.

      On the pluses, the pancakes themselves are very light. Having eaten/tried the plain, the pumpkin, strawberry and banana pancakes, they were all good with a fresh taste of the fruit they were representing. One could hope other selections would be the same. If anyone in your group has a lighter appetite, there is a "lighter side" part of the menu and if asked, they will downsize any of the regular selections. If you're a fan of corned beef hash, they have a good one - not overly salted or tart.

      Items that are tempting, but I haven't tried due to mere size are:
      the omelets - huge and fluffy
      the Apple Pancake - the second of the signature items, enough for 2 - 4. Visually and aromatically scrumptious.

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      1. re: CocoaNut

        Thanks for the vivid descriptions....I kind of have my eye on the banana pancakes!

        1. re: bluehensfan

          My preference by a long shot! When you order, ask if/that they cook the banana into the pancake as well as serving fresh slices on top. I've only ordered them twice and seem to remember being disappointed second time around that there were no bananas inside as was the first time. When cooked inside, there's no need for syrup!

          Also, keep in mind they close at 2:00 in the afternoon. I'm pretty sure that's the same at all locs.

        2. re: CocoaNut

          Funny how you mention the apple pancake. I'm notorious for having downed two of them solo. Massive indeed.

          1. re: air

            WOW! Notorious indeed!! I just-reckon it must be pretty damned good!!! lol!

        3. A big third to OHP. I love the one near me in the West Village area. It's my favorite breakfast spot.

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          1. re: twinwillow

            My first visit was the one on NW Hwy/Midway. Swore I'd never go back. Then started working @ cityplace and stopped at the Lemmon loc one morning when I was already late for work. Loved it! What a difference from one location to another. It was also a few years apart, so maybe some changes were made.... or not. But fortunately for me, the one in Grapevine is certainly good.

          2. original pancake house used to be my 'go to' for breakfast, but not wanting to wait one sunday morning at the addison (beltline & tollway) location, we wandered over to dream cafe...and i haven't looked back since. great sausage, omelettes, granola crusted french toast, pancakes...etc. i've not had a bad item there so far.

            1. Personally, not a fan of OPH. Try 5th St Cafe for some non chain b'fast

              1. rudys you cant go wrong with in frisco

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                1. re: DallasBBQCatering

                  I just wanted to write back and thank everyone for the recommendations. I did wind up going to Rudy's and the OPH and both were great. I ate way too much food at Rudy's but you gotta strike while the iron is hot. Thanks again!