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Great pancakes in L.A. please?

Staying in Culver City this wkend, but don't mind a road trip if you can suggest a place with the following:

Great pancakes (the creative sorta healthy kind: fruit, flour other than white-something a little different!)

Low-Brow: comfortable chairs that don't match; a 70's granola feel; sort of Birkenstock-y

GOOD COFFEE DONE like they mean it-French Press would be nice, but why be picky at this point?

So there's me doing my Sally impression. Although at home in Seattle my spouse and friends think she has nothing on me.
Thanks in advance for your input. If you can put coffee as the highest priority (surprise) and all of my other wants are impossible, caffeine rules. Thanks again.

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  1. I'd suggest The Griddle Cafe for the French Press coffee caveat. They aren't too healthy due to the size of the serving. They have a lot of creative choices, just order 1-2 and get there early since the wait can be long on Sunday.

    1. John O'Groats in West LA for seven grain pancakes. M Cafe in Beverly Hills makes them w/o white flour. BLD has blueberry ricotta pancakes and french press coffee mid-city. Doughboys in West Hollywood has blueberry flaxseed pancakes. Swingers in Santa Monica & mid-city has banana multi-grain panckaes and is low-brow.

      BLD Restaurant
      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      John O'Groats
      10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. Whether or not you intended to do it, you have just described Metro Cafe to a tee (AND it's actually in Culver City!).

        Get thee to Metro Cafe and have the House Special Sauteed Banana pancakes. They're legendary.

        It's next to Travelodge. How's that for Birkenstock-y?

        Coffee pilgrimage in the area: Balconi Coffee, near the corner of Sawtelle & Olympic in nearby West LA. Just go.

        Balconi Coffee
        11301 W Olympic Blvd #124, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        1. Griddle Cafe. It isn't even close. Best pancakes I've had and in general I'm the sort to travel for them. Add in the endless refill French Press? I'll be back in LA in 5 weeks and back at Griddle Cafe in 5 weeks and one day. :-)


          1. Do crepes count? If so, another consideration around the Culver City area would be Le Petite Creperie on Grand View in Mar Vista. Nice crepes, French Press coffee, comfortable chairs that don't match, and maybe the Franco-fied version of Birkenstock-y. It's a husband/wife duo who take food and service seriously. The crepes can be a little slow in coming - the husband who is the chef takes an exacting hand and eye to his craft, but we like the results. The wife is very personable and this rounds out a nice experience. If you can embrace the slower pace of dining recognized and embraced in many European circles, you will probably enjoy LPC.


            1. I still give a strong vote to the flannel cakes at Musso & Frank. Only served from opening (11 AM?) to 3 PM, they are excellent examples of the "thin" style pancake...

              Musso & Frank Grill
              6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              1. My favorite pancakes:
                1. Original Pancake House 49er Flapjacks- thin and chewy and oh so good.
                2. BLD RICOTTA BLUEBERRY PANCAKES served with berkshire maple syrup
                3. Durpar's Buttermilk Hotcakes
                4. Fig's Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Almond-Blueberry Butter
                5. Griddle Cafe's Red Velvet

                BLD Restaurant
                7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Original Pancake House
                1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                Du Par's
                6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Griddle Cafe
                7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. I was surprised not to find any mention on Chowhound of Jacks N Joe, near USC at Figueroa and Adams. My son and I took the car in for maintenance at one of the nearby auto dealers this morning, and to pass the time we decided to try this place out, based on some warm reviews in the Daily Trojan and Yelp. Although they have other breakfast offerings, it is very much a pancake specialist.

                  I ordered this month's special, simple pancakes made with brown sugar in the batter and fresh peaches on top: these were outstandingly flavorful, and best eaten without any syrup. PoPJr. had the french toast made with sweet Hawaiian bread and served with eggs and Portuguese sausage; the toast was very eggy, and a very well done example of that style. It looked like the great majority of diners were having some sort of pancake--the banana/walnut cakes and the goofy "WTF pancakes", made by squirting the batter onto the grill in odd squiggly shapes and serving the crusty result with berries and cream cheese, both looked like winners. Based on our first visit, I don't think JnJ will compete for the best overall breakfast against a place like O'Groats, but when talking about pancakes, they belong on the list.

                  Jacks N Joe
                  2498 S Figueroa St
                  Los Angeles, CA 90007
                  Phone (213) 748-4565
                  Closes at 5pm most nights

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                  1. re: PayOrPlay

                    Thanks for bringing this place to the attention of the pancake aficionado's of the LA board (g). While I'm local to John O'G's I'll keep J 'n J in mind for my occasional foray into that part of town. The inventiveness of WTF squiggle pancakes had me laughing as I read your description. How much of crowd were they drawing on a weekday morning?

                    1. re: Servorg

                      It's a busy place. At 9:30am there was a short wait for tables, and a moderate stream of customers coming in the door. We sat at the counter.