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Dec 1, 2013 06:04 AM

PANCAKES & WAFFLES & FRENCH TOAST - LA Dish of the Month (December 2013)

PANCAKES & WAFFLES & FRENCH TOAST - LA Dish of the Month (December 2013)

Your month in the limelight has arrived wienermobile.

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for December is Pancakes, Waffles and French Toast.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, iterations, types, kinds and sorts of Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast as imaginable in Los Angeles. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find those items that you've been to in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories of some great sweet or savory breakfast carb-driven dish is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating battered items that are baked, fried, or toasted, or whatever.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.


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  1. I love the johnnycakes at Dish in La Canada. Savory, corny, tasty - I don't use any syrup, I butter them, salt and pepper them, and break off pieces like giant fluffy flatbreads.

    I also love (but it's more of a guilty pleasure) the pancakes at Nick's downtown. Light, not too sweet or salty and bigger than my head. Love that fact that I can get a huge, single simple but really good pancake as my breakfast "bread." And they reheat at home like a dream.

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    1. re: happybaker

      I love those johhnycakes too at Dish in LaCanada too! .

    2. House special sauteed banana pancakes at Metro Cafe.

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      1. re: J.L.

        they do a nice sort of bananas foster french toast at jar if you're a banana pancake fan...i enjoy those. Will have to hit up the metro

      2. Joe's Cafe in Granada Hills makes a fantastic Stuffed French Toast. It's stuffed with a cream and fresh sliced strawberries. Then it's topped with more fresh berries and comes with sides of syrup and more cream/ butter. I haven't had their Belgian Waffles, but they look delicious. This is a very small cafe with homemade muffins and also serves Intelligenista coffee.

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        1. re: granadafan

          Absolutely agree with you on Joe's Cafe. I have been there on 6 occasions for brunch. The stuffed French toast is amazing and the coffee is great. The only problem is that the place is small so sometimes you may have to wait. But, it is definitely worth it.

          1. re: Kalivs

            I've been several times and can never finish the stuffed French Toast.

        2. Had my favorite this morning to celebrate pancake month at The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach. The 49er flapjacks, extra thin and a little bit chewy. So good. If anyone want's to try them at home I found a recipe

          49er FLAP JACKS
          Original Pancake House Copycat Recipe
          Serves 4-6

          2 cups flour
          1 cup milk
          1/2 cup sourdough starter
          2 eggs, beaten
          1 tablespoon baking powder
          1 tablespoon sugar
          1 tablespoon oil
          1/2 teaspoon salt

          Preheat greased griddle. Mix everything together. Spoon 1/4 cup onto hot griddle, leaving room for spreading--it will be a little runny-that ok. Cook until the top of each pancake is bubbly then flip over and cook until lightly browned. Serve at once with maple syrup and butter.

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          1. Dang!

            How could I have forgotten!

            The flannel cakes at Musso and Franks : )

            So thin and light, you'd better order them at the counter as they'd be cold by the time they found their way to you at a booth.

            But so tasty, they are worth sitting at the counter, watching them being made...