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Pancakes-Best in NJ?

AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 02:22 AM

Looking for chowhounds' favorite pancake spots.

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    Check17 RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 06:06 AM

    Best pancakes we have had is in a little restaurant called teddy's and it's located in Cranbury. The home fries are very good too. Have not been there lately but have been thinking of going there soon.

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      arpad RE: Check17 May 23, 2011 07:44 AM

      I agree - but only on weekdays !
      The weekend cook hasn't got the touch !

    2. Tapas52 RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 07:16 AM

      The best place for breakfast I've been to in a longtime is the Pop Shop....after Bobby Flay's Throwdown show there we have enjoyed eating there, great menu....and their Pancakes are oh so good.


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        nizza RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 10:22 AM

        The best place that we have found is The Original Pancake House. Their pancakes are just delicious. We go to the one at 817 Bloomfield Ave. in West Caldwell. We have been going there for a number of years. The weekends are very busy, but, they have a large, comfortable waiting area. My DH loves their Apple Pancake. It's an experience. They also have I think two new locations one in Fort Lee and another in Whippany.

        You can see a pic of the apple pancake on their website.

        Original Pancake House
        831 State Route 10 Ste 25, Whippany, NJ 07981

        Original Pancake House
        1638 Schlosser St Ste D5, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

        Original Pancake House
        817 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: nizza May 25, 2011 07:31 PM

          that apple pancake is something else. too sweet for me to eat for breakfast, but when i was in college i used to order one to bring home, and we would slice it up, stash it in the fridge, and eat as dessert after dinner!

          FYI, parking at the Fort Lee location has always been a NIGHTMARE on weekends, but perhaps it's better now that Borders is closed.

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            JulietB RE: nizza Sep 9, 2012 01:59 PM

            YES! I am a fan of The Original Pancake House, as well. I used to go every weekend and the food and the service has always been top notch. I love their banana pancakes.

            Speaking of the Apple Pancake, I was in with my mother one Sunday and ordered my "usual" and was told that they were unable to give me apple juice instead of orange since they do not substitute. Yes, it says it on the menu but since I ordered it every other time, I politely commented that i was surprised but didn't make a big deal so I got the OJ. Turns out the man taking our order was one of the owners and he said he felt badly about not making the substitution so he brought over a complimentary Apple Pancake. This just added to my love for this place. I still go every chance I can.

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            ELA RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 11:25 AM

            I am far from an expert, but I've always liked the Country Pancake House in Ridgewood. With pancakes, I don't really care how big they are -- I just like what I like, good pancakes, fluffy, not bone-dry, etc.

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              GrOlive RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 04:04 PM

              Definitely Doc's in Denville. Melt in your mouth pancakes...usually a daily special too. Homemade bread for their French toast too.

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                hcentro RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 05:29 PM

                Broadway Diner in Bayonne or Red Bank.

                1. wench31 RE: AfghanFoodie May 23, 2011 08:56 PM

                  Zoe's in Atlantic Highlands

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                    neonknight RE: AfghanFoodie May 24, 2011 06:15 PM

                    The Brownstone in Jersey City.....the BEST! Very nice area near the water, and the pancakes are to die for. I recommend the Honkey Tonk pancakes or the Black Forest pancakes, but really, they're all great....


                    1. Quine RE: AfghanFoodie May 24, 2011 06:19 PM

                      I HATE can I say always HATE pancakes. However I do love the pancakes at Uncle Willies at Beach Haven on Long Beach Island NJ.

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                        diablo RE: Quine May 25, 2011 07:04 PM

                        They are really good.....and I like pancakes :)

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                          Quine RE: diablo May 25, 2011 07:25 PM

                          Spot on!

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                        rickster71 RE: AfghanFoodie May 26, 2011 05:13 AM

                        The Cottage has the best pancakes, and that reminds me the French Toast is very good too.
                        Hands down it's our favorite breakfast place.
                        One the most consistent we've been to.
                        35 Broadway
                        Point Pleasant Beach

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                          JerzeyShore RE: rickster71 Jun 4, 2011 06:52 AM


                          So glad that you mentioned the Cottage. We have been driving by this place forever but never tried it until last weekend for pancakes and again today for French toast - both delicious. We are
                          now fans and this place will surely become our favorite breakfast spot at the shore.

                          Have you ever sampled a cheese steak or any of their lunch items? Thanks ...

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                            MrsDaniels RE: JerzeyShore Jun 9, 2011 08:12 PM

                            Love the Cottage, great bacon too!

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                            CatLadyJan RE: rickster71 Sep 10, 2012 04:39 PM


                            I could not agree more! The Cottage has the BEST Toast. I never had the pancakes tho. Believe it or not, their simple fried eggs or scrambled are delicious too always served perfect and hot.

                          3. JerzeyShore RE: AfghanFoodie May 26, 2011 06:38 AM

                            Mumford's in Tinton Falls has excellent pancakes and they are served with real maple syrup.

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                              JNB757 RE: AfghanFoodie May 27, 2011 10:23 AM

                              Country Pancake, Ridgewood

                              1. phDuh RE: AfghanFoodie May 28, 2011 11:50 AM

                                Rutherford Pancake House, Park Ave., Rutherford

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                                  LEOFONT RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 1, 2011 07:07 PM

                                  I buy my pancake mixings shipped from "Kodiak Pancakes" in Alaska, the best I ever tasted, can't get em' around here, Shop-rite used to sell them, no more........the supermarket brands can't compare IMO

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                                    fershore RE: LEOFONT Jun 9, 2011 08:08 AM

                                    Amazon sells Kodiak Flapjack & Waffle Mix.

                                  2. tommy RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 4, 2011 07:26 AM

                                    Next Door Cafe, Seaside Heights.

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                                      fourunder RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 4, 2011 09:04 AM

                                      Has anyone tried the new Stacks Pancake House & Café located in the former Pizza Hut location on Route 17 in Paramus?

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                                        NJfoodLover RE: fourunder Jun 4, 2011 02:27 PM

                                        Did it open yet? I have been waiting to try it.

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                                          tommy RE: NJfoodLover Jun 4, 2011 03:01 PM

                                          Packed today. Bad sign.

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                                            menton1 RE: tommy Jun 5, 2011 08:31 AM

                                            It's packed because of good advance PR and a very good highway location.

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                                              tommy RE: menton1 Jun 5, 2011 08:44 AM

                                              And because people like dessert all day long.

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                                            fourunder RE: NJfoodLover Jun 5, 2011 05:43 AM

                                            I believe, the Official opening day was on May 25th

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                                              michelle1276 RE: fourunder Jun 23, 2011 08:34 AM

                                              I went her 2 weeks ago and although the food was good, I couldn't get past how disgustingly dirty the restaurant was. I was appalled and almost left....if they were to get the management together, the pancakes were friggin delicious!

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                                                menton1 RE: michelle1276 Jun 23, 2011 08:37 AM

                                                Wow, dirty and delicious. If what you saw was dirty, I wonder how filthy the kitchen was! What prevented you from leaving?

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                                              NJfoodLover RE: NJfoodLover Nov 8, 2011 04:32 PM

                                              I wanted to like this place because I have been in search of a good pancake house in north jersey and this one is so close to me. It is too bad it was a let down. The regular pancakes were ok but everything else was not that good. We had whole grain delight pancakes, some chocolate chip and fruit pancakes and a cheese and bacon omelete.

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                                            tom246 RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 5, 2011 01:40 PM

                                            A favorite is The Brownstone in Jersey City. Was there with a group yesterday, as good as always.


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                                              AfghanFoodie RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 5, 2011 11:27 PM

                                              Thank you for all the suggestions. Guess I better load up my husband for a road trip.

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                                                OGguy RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 7, 2011 05:15 AM

                                                My wife loves the blueberry pancakes at Frank's in Asbury Park

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                                                  njkori RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 7, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                  I'm only posting this link because I was "on the bus", and we ate a LOT of pancakes: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/dinin...

                                                  A few more I can recommend:
                                                  The Fine Diner, Clinton
                                                  Doc's, Denville
                                                  Boonton Diner, Boonton (I've only had Nonna's Pancakes, but they are GOOD


                                                  The Fine Diner
                                                  1 W Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809

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                                                    tom246 RE: njkori Jun 7, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                    Sounds like a great time. The report on The Brownstone makes me want to get back there soon!

                                                  2. JerzeyShore RE: AfghanFoodie Jun 9, 2011 06:12 AM

                                                    The Buttered Biscuit located in Bradley Beach serves some of the best blueberry pancakes I've ever eaten.

                                                    Also see: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789227

                                                    1. nsxtasy RE: AfghanFoodie Sep 8, 2011 09:58 AM

                                                      I'll nominate Sweet Basil's in West Orange. If their lemon mascarpone pancakes are anywhere near as good as the strawberry mascarpone French toast I had the last time I was there - and it is, according to a comment in www.chow.com/topics/767085 - it's a winner. http://www.sweetbasilscafe.com

                                                      I have a trip to NJ coming up, and I've been doing a search on where to try. I liked Sweet Basil's but I'd like to try something different. Best location would be within 15 minutes of 3 and 46 (Clifton). In searching the web, I've identified three prime candidates to try. None of them has been mentioned here, so I'd be interested in hearing anyone's comments about them:

                                                      Pancake Palace, Nutley - www.nutleymenus.com/restaurantmenus/p...
                                                      Raymond's, Montclair - www.raymondsnj.com
                                                      Toast, Montclair - www.toastmontclair.com

                                                      (I know Rutherford Pancake House is in the same general area but the menu on their website doesn't thrill me.)

                                                      28 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042

                                                      700 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

                                                      Sweet Basil's Cafe
                                                      641 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052

                                                      Pancake Palace
                                                      547 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110

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                                                        nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy Sep 21, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                        Thanks for the recommendation of Pancake Palace in Nutley. I went there this morning and I liked it! The food was good and the people were friendly. I like the way you can order a pancake sampler, with several different kinds of pancakes. I ordered the corn pancakes and the chocolate chip pancakes. Very thick and fluffy.

                                                        Tip 1: Don’t forget to check the specials board. Today they introduced a new special, a caramel cinnamon apple waffle.

                                                        Tip 2: They have a free parking lot behind the restaurant; you can enter it to the right as you’re facing the restaurant, but there’s a big pothole at the entrance on that side; instead, enter the lot from the opposite (south) end (a few doors down on the left of the restaurant).

                                                        Pancake Palace
                                                        547 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110

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                                                          nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy Sep 22, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                          As I type this, I am sitting in Toast in Montclair. I'm eating the red velvet pancakes and they are absolutely AWESOME!!! I love this litte restaurant, and I also love their breakfast menu. Plenty of choices, including savory dishes as well as sweet. What a great place!

                                                          700 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

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                                                            GrOlive RE: nsxtasy Sep 22, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                            I like Toast as well. The Nutella french toast is a fav of my daughter's.
                                                            I'd like to put the word out that Doc's in Denville has reopened after being severly damaged by Irene. For the time being, its cash only...but if you want to help an independent, that has some of the freshest most delicious bread, pancakes and french toast, its worth the ride.

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                                                            MikeG333 RE: nsxtasy Sep 5, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                            Thumbs up for Sweet Basil's, who have moved to Livingston by the way.

                                                            498 South Livingston Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039

                                                            Haven't been to the new location yet, but I am sure the food is still good.

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                                                              HillJ RE: nsxtasy Sep 13, 2012 05:44 AM

                                                              nsxtasy, you know your pancakes!

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                                                              Epicurium RE: AfghanFoodie Sep 22, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                              Bluestone Coffe Co 123 Watchung Avenue Montclair near the circle has some awesome pancakes they usually have a special pancake (blueberry, bananna, etc) every week the salmon benny is out of this world

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                                                                MikeG333 RE: Epicurium Sep 5, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                I love Bluestone too. I usually get an omelette there or oatmeal. Both good. Coffee is excellent.

                                                              2. menton1 RE: AfghanFoodie Sep 22, 2011 10:53 AM

                                                                Allendale Eats, in Bergen does a great breakfast and lunch, terrific homemade food, a la DDD-type place. Pancakes and Waffles are superb. If you're there for lunch, try their unique "Sanguiches".

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                                                                  my3pumpkins RE: AfghanFoodie Oct 22, 2011 07:58 PM

                                                                  I just had Pumpkin Pie Pancakes at the Chestnut Cafe in Nutley and they were def the best pancakes ive ever eaten!!... I never want to eat a plain pancake again!! You gotta try them!

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                                                                    MikeG333 RE: AfghanFoodie Sep 5, 2012 11:39 AM

                                                                    We have liked Original Pancake House in West Caldwell for years. Love the bacon pancakes. I went with my daughter to Country Pancake House in Ridgewood yesterday to try something new after seeing good reviews here and else where. They were not what I expected. Sure, you get a big plate of big thick pancakes that looks pretty impressive. Right away I thought, "I'm going to have leftovers." After waiting quite a while, but being patient because I anticipated getting some of the best pancakes in NJ, they finally came. Pecan for me and lemon poppy seed for her. As I started eating I noticed that the pancakes did not have much flavor. I kept eating, hoping that maybe they would grow on me, but they didn't. I didn't want to say anything to my daughter because maybe her's were good and I didn't want to influence her opinion. Finally after eating in silence for a few minutes she looked at me and said, "These aren't that good." I had to agree. I took a taste of her lemon poppyseed pancakes and tasted hardly any lemon. There were three lemon slices on top, but the few squirts that supplied didn't do much. We were there Sept. 4th 2012. Did they go under new management recently? I read reviews from not long ago raving about this place. If quantity is your thing then yes, this place gives you a lot, but I also like some quality with my quantity. Some flavor. I tried to rescue my pancakes by pouring more syrup on them and putting way more butter than I normally do, but the syrup hardly tasted of maple so it didn't help much. I will be glad to go back to Original Pancake House next time I want pancakes and I think I will have a new appreciation for them.

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                                                                      bgut1 RE: MikeG333 Sep 5, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                      I rarely eat pancakes for breakfast finding most not worth the calories. However, I recently tried the blueberry buttermilk pancakes at River's Edge Cafe in Ocean. They were light, fluffy and wonderful. Kudos to the chef.

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                                                                        ebchower RE: MikeG333 Sep 5, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                        I've been to the OPH in Fort Lee a number of times, and it's got to be the safest place to eat as there was always a dozen or so local and Port Authority police having breakfast. Your tax dollars at work.

                                                                        If I feel like having pancakes for dinner, I prefer to go a chain like Ihop or Perkins because they do more turnover and will make fresh batter. Diners will usually use the morning's batch to supply pancakes all day.

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                                                                          doxy216 RE: MikeG333 Sep 10, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                          you are correct, worst pancakes ever! Have lived in HoHoKus for a long time and never venture over to the Pancake House, once was enough. Doughy large and flavorless. You are almost better witha diner. Still like Original pancake house in Fort Lee.

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                                                                            Snorkelvik RE: doxy216 Sep 27, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                            have to agree, I never understand why there's a line out the door. I think it's just habit. I used to live in Ridgewood and would marvel at the people milling about waiting to get in on a Sunday.

                                                                        2. Curlz RE: AfghanFoodie Sep 5, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                          It's not a pancake 'place,' but I had what were quite possibly the. best. pancakes. EVER. at Porta in Asbury Park. Lemon Ricotta pancakes. Served at brunch on the weekends. O.M.G.

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                                                                            MarlboroMan RE: Curlz Sep 27, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                            Last Sunday we stopped in at Tony's Freehold Grill in Freehold.. our first time. Although I didn't partake, my wife said the pancakes were the best she's ever had.

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