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We are heading to LA for Labor Day weekend, one because my husband wants the mozzarella bar at osteria mozza, and two, I want pancakes at the griddle cafe.

I have two other mornings, I'm thinking of Grub? Any other must eat places for pancakes? We are staying in west hollywood and will have a car. Thanks!

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  1. The Griddle ... in West Hollywood, on Sunset & Crescent Heights.

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      1. re: Obessed

        Agree as well... how did this place get left off the list?

      2. Try John O'Groats on Pico Blvd. in Cheviot Hills/WLA for pancakes.

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        1. re: Servorg

          I am a fan of O’Groats Lemon Pancakes

          1. re: wienermobile

            The lemon pancakes at O'Groats are heavenly.

          2. re: Servorg

            My Husbasnd loves the pumpkin pancakes at O'Groats. I am not such a pancake fan but the Corned Beef Hash - weekends only - is excellent.

          3. We love the pancakes at Uncle Bill's Pancake House, in Manhattan Beach, don't know if that's too far of a trek for you....

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Love Uncle Bill's Bacon Cheddar Waffle & their cheddar bacon french toast too.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Yes, it's kinda ridiculous, isn't it? My kids love the chocolate chip ones, of course.

            2. Oatmeal pancakes at Salt's Cure.

              1. BLD for blueberry ricotta pancakes, best version of it in LA that I've found. I don't think JoG's is On the same level as BLD and Griddle.

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                1. re: baloney

                  I actually like John O'Groats pancakes better than The Griddle. Haven't had them at BLD but I aim to as soon as I can.

                  1. re: baloney

                    +1 on BLD pancakes. I'm not even a big pancake person, but my god, those are irresistible. And the most adorable little log cabin syrup bottles too! The breakfast sandwich with big fat bacon is no slouch either. Enjoy!

                  2. Great Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at BLD on Beverly Blvd.

                    and if you make it down to the South Bay The Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach
                    has wonderful Dutch Babies, giant apple pancakes and my favorite... their 49'er Flapjacks.

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                    1. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Cafe Stella (Hyperion @ Sunset)...

                      1. Schooner or Later in Long Beach.

                        1. Lemon ricotta pancakes at BLD and the ricotta hotcakes with blueberry compote at Cecconi's

                          1. Du-par's (24 hour) plain classic buttermilk pancakes at 3rd & Farifax Farmers Market.

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                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Do you have a time machine that allows you to travel back to sometime in the last century, before the Naylor family bought Du-Par's and modified the classic hotcake recipe? If you do, I'd sure like a ride. I miss those pancakes. The ones they serve today are a poor substitute. Every so often, I go there, hoping to find that they have reinstated the classic recipe. I leave sad and disappointed each time.

                              1. re: Jack Flash

                                Unfortunately everything you said is true. They used to be much much better. Last time I had them was at J. Gold's pancake breakfast ...but you know they still made me smile.

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  I'd probably enjoy them more if I hadn't had the "before" version. What really grinds my gears is the fact that they capitalized on a lot of free PR (upon the reopening of the Farmers Market restaurant) to lie to the public about how thrilled they were to have the Du-Par's hotcake recipe and wouldn't change it. Anyone who has eaten both the "before" and "after" versions knows this to be patently false. I ate their hotcakes for the better part of 30 years before the change of ownership. I know what they were like.

                                  So, that bothers me. They're still probably better than average, but that's little consolation.

                              2. The Black Cat Cafe on Fairfax, a bit south of West Hollywood makes great pancakes. Get the blueberry pancakes. I'm also a very big fan of Fiddler's Bistros pancakes, and breakfasts in general, also quite close to where you'll be staying.

                                1. - Blueberry oven-baked pancakes at AOC (see photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856741).
                                  - Buckwheat pancakes at John O'Groats.

                                  1. Thanks guys--I like them dense and sweet, rather than light and "healthier". We are adding John O 'groats to the list, and maybe salts cure. I'll report back!

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                                    1. re: kazmodo

                                      If you like dense pancakes, then definitely hit up Salt's Cure. Their oatmeal cakes are chewy like a good dense bagel.

                                    2. The Griddle
                                      Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach
                                      Did I mention The Griddle?

                                      1. The Griddle is the best. Second choice is Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach. Always a line so we give our name and take a very pleasant walk . The omlettes are great as well - Manhattan is my favorite.

                                        1. We LOVE The Griddle. Don't be in a rush, sit and drink a few pots of the french press coffee.

                                          I have to say we had pancakes the other day at Norms and they weren't bad at all (maybe bring your own mapple surup). I think the mileage varys based on which Norms you go too, some are better than others.

                                          1. The best pancakes I ever had were at DuPars. This past New Year's Day I wanted pancakes for my birthday breakfast. I decided to check out the pancakes at Philippe's and was pleasantly surprised. I guess I haven't had DuPars' pancakes for a while so I don't know if I've had the adulterated Naylor's recipe. Considering the price difference, I'm glad I tried Philippe's.

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                                            1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                              I agree DuPar's pancakes are excellent. Definitely order them "well browned," though. If they're busy, which on weekends they always are, the cooks will rush them off the griddle and they will be pale and with far less flavor.

                                              The price on the other hand, makes me pretty squeamish about DuPar's. Mind you, I live a stone's throw from the Farmer's Market which is tourist central, so they really crank up the price there. But I think they may be a bit cheaper at the other location up in the Valley somewhere.

                                              1. re: EarlyBird

                                                Under the old ownership, one never had to ask for the pancakes to be made correctly. But the undercooking is only part of the problem; the bigger problem is the recipe change.

                                            2. The house breakfast special banana flambee pancakes at Metro Cafe on Washington in Culver City...

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                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                how's the eastern european dishes here ? I've never tried it yet. But first I may to try the Copenhagen Bakery just a stone's throw away along that forlorn stretch of Washington Blvd.

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  The Serbian fare at Metro Cafe is excellent. Try the chevapchichi and the ham & bean soup. AND it's all so reasonably priced.