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Favorite thing to order at Pann's?

Is it the "Pattie Melt"?

The fried chicken?

The biscuits and gravy?

Something else?

For me, it's the Ground Beef Platter, which is like a haute Salisbury Steak. And right now I've got a real hankering for some good Salisbury Steak.


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  1. I only go there for breakfast. 70% of the time I get the hamburger patty and eggs with hash browns and instead of toast I get biscuits and gravy. Sometimes I get the andouille sausage and eggs...eggs always over medium.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Turkey gets my vote too.

          I've never had the patty melt. Which I will try someday. And the corned beef hash (which I read here is an intermittent offering)

        2. Patty melt and fried wings.

          1. Patty melt, medium rare with onion rings and a brownie shake sitting in Penny's section.

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            1. re: Servorg

              And some Zocror with your tab ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                No one lives forever...so you might as well tempt fate (and taste buds too) along the way...

                1. re: Servorg

                  And if you're going to die, you probably want to do it with a Pattie Melt firmly wedged between your mouth, right?

                  (By the way, did you notice how Pann's spells "Pattie Melt"? Maybe the "ie" instead of the "y" is what makes it so special?)

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I was at Pann's last night (Friday). My mom loves their clam chowder (only on Fridays) so we often end up there. Nothing really knocks me out, but I admit a weakness for the old fashioned diner food so I sometimes get the chicken fried steak, chicken wings and waffles, the greek island chicken, and sometimes the pattie melt but it sometimes leads to buyer's remorse because it definitely can't be healthy. I did try the hamburger steak seeing as ipsedixit had mentioned it. That's one big meat patty with mushrooms. I have had the pea soup once and it was good, but I'm not a big pea soup fan. My neighbor likes their breakfasts, but he thinks they're a little pricey. We had Nicole as our server, but when Penny came by to chat I mentioned someone had mentioned they wanted to be in Penny's section. "What does he order?" she asked and I told her "pattie melt, I think." I didn't blow your cover Servorg. I have had the corned beef hash once (back around St. Patrick's) and I thought it was a little too salty. I haven't had another chance to give it another shot. We have been taking a loaf of their cranberry bread home since they have it right now.

                    1. re: Feed_me

                      Great story, thanks for sharing.

                      Yeah, that is one big meat patty ...

                      1. re: Feed_me

                        I agree 110 % that it is too pricey. And yet I go there way more than I should.

                        I also get a terrible heavy feeling after devouring that hefty patty melt.

                        And the corned beef has is too salty.

                        Try out those salmon cakes next time.

              2. The Fried Chicken Wings, Split Pea Soup, Spinach Side, Corned Beef Hash (Call ahead!)


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                1. re: Dommy

                  call ahead? does sergio make the corned beef hash?

                  1. re: linus

                    Ha...Pann's makes their own corned beef as far as I know, and they don't do it on a regular basis. So when my visit luckily coincides with the CB production my decision on what to have is an easy one. Doesn't matter if it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      LOL! Believe me, I HATE having to call ahead (I'm allergic to reservations). But this, like a hankering for Sergio's Ceviche... is worth it...


                2. What Dommy said! I can't recommend the CB hash simply because I've never had it, darn it, but that sautéed spinach and that pea soup have to be the best in the world. And the wings? Well, they're really big, and they're totally delicious, and I'd really like to go there with Dommy again sometime because she's nuts for the drum part and I greatly prefer the "safety pins." So we could get an order apiece and swap half of it …

                  As for anything else, there are some things they just can't seem to get right, like those miserable corn muffins and the lackluster rolls. Get biscuits instead, if they have them. Nor can I work up any enthusiasm for the cottony waffles. The Pattie Melt, on the other hand … is something my doctor does not want to know about! One of the best ever, and just about the biggest. Even when I do indulge, I really ought to take the other half home for tomorrow's lunch.

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                  1. re: Will Owen

                    They must sautée the spinach from the leftover grease used to make the Pattie Melts.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      The wings have gotten progressively smaller the last few years. They are no longer the monster ones they used to be just slightly larger than average.

                      But they are huge compared to the ones Serving Spoon serves down the street. If Serving Spoon's were a little bigger, I'd take them in a heartbeat over Pann's. But being that small, the meat to skin ratio is off. I like the crust and seasoning at Serving Spoon more than Pann's even though I like Pann's a lot.

                      1. re: Jase

                        I think you're right about that. I took a visiting friend there maybe six years ago, and he was astonished that his wing drums were bigger than most restaurant leg ones - "What kind of monster did THESE come from?" Last ones I got were big, but no longer huge.

                        As it is, it's been at least a year and a half since my last visit. Gotta do something about that …

                    2. My son loves their Tuesday night Braised Short Rib special.

                      1. New favorites, new to me at least:

                        Salmon cakes with softly scrambled eggs liberally doused with red rooster hot sauce with the garlic cheese toast.

                        Blackened catfish fillet with eggs.

                        My old standbys :

                        Patty melt with fresh fruit (I'm full after devouring the melt. It is really heavy and greasy. And big, 2/3 lb as opposed to a usual quarter pounder, hence also the fruit. It's great but then the remainder of my day is ruined).

                        The infamous corned beef hash with griddled tomatoes, poached eggs, and a biscuit.

                        Fuck. Now Im getting seriously hungry. A visit to Pann's is now in order.

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                        1. re: kevin

                          If you go, can you ask them why they spell "Pattie Melt" with an "ie" instead of a "y" on their menu?

                          The only other time I recall that spelling is at Freddy's up in Victorville, which also has a pretty good Patty, ahem, I mean Pattie Melt.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            One more thing: has anyone tried their Friday only special of bouillabaisse.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Had their bouillabaisse a couple of times. It's not bouillabaisse as I believe it's supposed to be made. It's a clear soup with a bit of rice and veggies. There are some clams, shrimps, scallops and some cut up fish. They give you some of their garlic toast too. Tasty enough, but not "real" bouillabaisse if you want traditional bouillabaisse.

                        2. and do not forget the awesome Tapioca pudding.

                          1. The chocolate layer cake was not half bad either.

                            1. Corned beed and cabbage was the best, but they did not give you enough.

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                              1. re: NikkiW

                                I usually leave there hungry, unless I order the Patty Melt. That thing is a force of nature, beyond fucking rich, but utterly delicious beyond compare. It surely reminds me of patty melts of my youth, though it does make me quite logorhheic afterwards.

                              2. One other breakfast dish that I get on a regular basis is the country biscuit breakfast with Pann's excellent fresh baked buttermilk biscuit and two pork sausage patties smothered with country gravy. I also tend to order two eggs over easy as an à la carte item with that breakfast and add them to the plate. If you are really, really, really hungry that will cure your pangs for a good, long time...