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Pancakes-Best in NJ?

Looking for chowhounds' favorite pancake spots.

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  1. 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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    1. re: Check17

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

    2. 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.


      1. 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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        1. re: nizza

          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.

          1. re: nizza

            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.

          2. 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.

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

              1. Broadway Diner in Bayonne or Red Bank.

                1. Zoe's in Atlantic Highlands

                  1. 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. 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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                      1. re: Quine

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: rickster71


                          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 ...

                          1. re: rickster71


                            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.

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

                            1. Country Pancake, Ridgewood

                              1. Rutherford Pancake House, Park Ave., Rutherford

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: LEOFONT

                                    Amazon sells Kodiak Flapjack & Waffle Mix.

                                  2. Next Door Cafe, Seaside Heights.

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: fourunder

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

                                          1. re: tommy

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

                                            1. re: menton1

                                              And because people like dessert all day long.

                                          2. re: NJfoodLover

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

                                            1. re: fourunder

                                              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!

                                              1. re: michelle1276

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

                                            2. re: NJfoodLover

                                              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.

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


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

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

                                                1. 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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                                                  1. re: njkori

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

                                                  2. 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. 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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                                                      1. re: nsxtasy

                                                        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

                                                        1. re: nsxtasy

                                                          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

                                                          1. re: nsxtasy

                                                            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.

                                                          2. re: nsxtasy

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: nsxtasy

                                                              nsxtasy, you know your pancakes!

                                                            2. 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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                                                              1. re: Epicurium

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

                                                              2. 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".

                                                                1. 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!

                                                                  1. 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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                                                                    1. re: MikeG333

                                                                      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.

                                                                      1. re: MikeG333

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: MikeG333

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: doxy216

                                                                            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. 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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                                                                          1. re: Curlz

                                                                            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.