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wpstafford Aug 30, 2011 02:51 AM

Help me out with where to find the best pancakes in town. I'm a big fan of thick and spongy discs that soak up syrup by the quart. Thanks!

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    burbgirl Sep 13, 2011 10:17 AM

    Pumpkin Pancakes @ Sabrina's are to die for!

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      Chefpaulo Sep 1, 2011 03:33 PM

      "Thick and spongy discs that soak up syrup by the quart."
      You forgot, "griddled to a smooth medium tan on both sides that could never be replicated at home." This requires a huge seasoned and evenly heated iron griddle - no buttered frying pan over a hot coil or flame.
      My only memory of such still exists at the three surviving HoJo's - available at two upstate NY and one ME location.
      International Hut of Crapohydrates will never compare.
      CP

      P.S. Take along your own bottle of "Grade B" maple syrup.

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        gardens4me Sep 2, 2011 04:37 AM

        "Take along your own bottle of "Grade B" maple syrup" I highly second this! Everywhere you go, restaurants serving that crappy fake stuff. It's usually not about the pancakes, though I still prefer my own, which are made from scratch, but the 'syrup' that the restaurants generally serve, is horrendous!

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          lawgirl3278 Sep 2, 2011 07:37 AM

          I'm a Sabrina's fan. I get their pancakes every time I go.

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            gakski Sep 3, 2011 01:46 PM

            Cafe Estelle.

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        ssturn Sep 1, 2011 10:20 AM

        Based on a Philly Mag recommendation, I tried the Gingerbread Pancakes at Nudy's (multiple locations). For me, they are now my "go-to" pancake. Not too sweet, just a little extra something that makes them so very worth the carbs.

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          Hardart Aug 31, 2011 11:21 AM

          I really like the Silk City Cakes -- a little thin and crispy on the end, with lardons in the batter and maple butter on top.

          1. Delucacheesemonger Aug 30, 2011 06:12 AM

            Cafe Lift on 13th just north of Callowhill serves great pancakes in a very comfortable industrial setting. People are very nice as well, closed Monday. Street parking in front.

            1. bluehensfan Aug 30, 2011 06:05 AM

              The Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market is my weekly go-to place for fluffy pancakes with delicious syrup. Nothing frou-frou here (just a choice of regular or blueberry) but they do it right. They are only open from Wednesdays through Saturdays...

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