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Odd pancake request

margieco Jun 10, 2012 06:52 PM

Does anyone know of a good place that serves pancakes by the tall stack? Not looking for those large as your plate pancakes, but smaller size in a tall -- at least 5-6 pancake high -- stack.

SF location ideal; willing to drive especially if it's somewhere along the coast.


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  1. pikawicca RE: margieco Jun 10, 2012 07:29 PM

    Sears on Union Square. Get the lingonberries and the maple syrup. Doesn't get a lot of love on CH, but it's been a fave of mine for 50 years.

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    1. re: pikawicca
      margieco RE: pikawicca Jun 10, 2012 07:44 PM

      I love Sears for the swedish pancakes, but we're looking for a traditional fluffy pancake in a thick stack.

    2. anyhow RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 07:12 AM

      You might find the pancakes you want at "The Original Pancake House" which has several Bay Area locations. We like the variety and friendly service in the Los Altos branch and I assume all branches are similar. I'm confident that they would make your stack as tall as you wish.


      1. Cynsa RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 07:55 AM

        view the photos of the pancakes at
        for Joe's Coffee shop on Geary Blvd btw 25-26th Avenues

        Dottie's True Blue

        Stacks' on Hayes http://www.yelp.com/biz/stacks-san-fr...

        Kate' s Kitchen on Haight Street

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          gmk1322 RE: Cynsa Jun 11, 2012 08:48 AM

          Stacks and Kate's tend to be those plate size-ers the op wanted to avoid. If you can stand the wait or want to get there early I'd go to Dottie's. Dottie's tend to be about hand-size in diameter and I've never had a problem with ordering 1 or 5, just make it clear to the server when you order. Good Luck and let us know, I love pancakes!

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            Cynsa RE: gmk1322 Jun 11, 2012 09:30 AM

            Not What the OP Ordered: My fave is the plate-sized banana walnut pancake at John's Ocean Beach Cafe on Sloat across from the SF Zoo or the Denis Leary big pancake at Canteen on the weekend brunch menu. Plow has lemon ricotta pancakes.

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            Cynsa RE: Cynsa Jun 11, 2012 09:56 AM

            for best value, go to The Cypress Grill for the buttermilk pancakes - at the Harding Park Golf Course clubhouse
            Mon-Sun 8 am - 6 pm

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            stacyc RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 08:29 AM

            My favorite pancakes are at Chloe's out in Noe. They don't usually do a 5-6 stack, but I'm sure they could if asked.


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              Sharuf RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 09:35 AM

              IHOP was built on pancakes. They have a wide variety, and will probably stack them as high as you want.

              1. mariacarmen RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 11:04 AM

                It's Tops on Market can probably do those.

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                  margieco RE: margieco Jun 11, 2012 04:26 PM

                  Thanks for all the ideas! we had it's tops on the list, and looks like now we'll add Joe's.

                  I think Stacks is too fancy (in style, that is). And some day we'll go past Dottie's when there isn't a line around the block. Same with Chloe's (we always are in that neighborhood when it's packed). But good to know both of those are good pancake options.

                  Has anyone tried Little Griddle?

                  (btw, I do love the pancakes at Plow and the pancake at Canteen. Just different than this request.

                  1. Melanie Wong RE: margieco Jun 13, 2012 03:56 PM

                    Noticed this sidewalk sign outside La Scene on Geary promoting a daily pancake special. According to the menu, a stack is three, but maybe that's negotiable. Anyway, was wondering if anyone has tried pancakes here.

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