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May 29, 2012 12:42 PM

Dutch baby pancake?

Is there any place in LA to get a Dutch baby other than Original Pancake House? I've been telling someone about them for years, since I had a fantastic one in New Jersey. (On the recommendation of fabulous Tri State Area hounds.) I would love to take her for her 80th birthday, but don't think we have time for Redondo. Any place within LA? She lives eastside so Pasadena area, Alhambra, etc. would also be good.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Huh, never noticed that! Thanks!
      Have you had it there? I am a bit wary - because 1) I am overall underwhelmed by Nickel Diner and 2) the menu description includes caramelized apples, which is no part of any Dutch baby I've ever had.

      1. re: arb

        I haven't had it, just noticed it on the menu.

        1. re: arb

          OPH has both the plain Dutch Baby and an apple version.

          What we are talking about is a sweet Yorkshire pudding, or a popover baked in a 10" skillet. So it puffs like a popover, but deflates as it cools. The apple version doesn't puff as much, due to the weight of the apples, but is richer.

          Good Eats has a episode covering all of these. The same batter is used for crepes. Another savory version is the British Toad in a Hole - the 'toads' being sausages.

      2. Flappy Jack's in Glendora has one that is served with powdered sugar and lemons (they also have one that is filled with strawberries, bluberries and bananas). They call them German Pancakes and they are delicious!!

        1. dunno how fantastic it is since i haven't had one there in years, but i believe that DINAH'S FAMILY RESTAURANT (on sepulveda near LAX) still serves them.
          the small size is called a Dutch baby
          the large size is called a German pancake.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            I would love to find this amazing dish:
            Having spent some time in Rochester, MN, I fell in love with the Pannekoeken. I would also love to know where I can find something very similar to the MN version made by Dutch owners. BTW, when one orders the Pennekoeken in Rochester, Minnesota, when the waitress brings you your dish, she (and it is always a woman) skips to your table holding the pan with the pancakes and singing a Pennekoeken cheery song.

            1. re: maudies5

              Oh, I SO want to have someone bring me a pancake while skipping and singing - that may be worth a trip to Minnesota!

              1. re: arb

                There are many more reasons for a trip to Minnesota than that!

              2. re: maudies5

                That is funny that you bring it up. While I was in Rochester a few years ago, we ate dinner here. It was hilarious all the hollering and theatrics that went into delivering it to the table. We did not order one, though.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  I'm so happy that someone else in SoCal has enjoyed the presentation. It is really fun and the Pennekoken is very tasty and as nearly every other dish in RST, a huge portion. I'm now even more curious about finding a local version. Presentation would be a bonus.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Flappy Jack's does not do anything special when presenting (although the waitress may call you honey or sweetie), but I like to think that how delicious it is when it hits my tastebuds is presentation enough!! ;-)

            2. This is what a dutch baby looks like at the Original Pancake House:
              Their description "an air filled delight oven baked to golden perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar to create a mouthwatering blend."

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              1. re: wienermobile

                your pic of the OPH rendition looks about the same as the Dinah's Family Restaurant rendition.

              2. Canale in Atwater Village or Flappy Jack's in Glendora.

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