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2006/04/14 07:58:45 (permalink)

Best Pancakes in USA

I enjoy lists and here is a list of Best Pancakes in USA from AOL.
Any opinions?

I have been to two of them and the pancakes were excellent.




The Best in the U.S.


1. Flying Biscuit Cafe - Atlanta
Dreamy-good organic oatmeal 'cakes here may qualify as health food.


2. Camille's Restaurant - Key West, Fla.
Pancakes drizzled with Godiva white chocolate sauce or tropical fruit


3. Briarpatch Restaurant - Winter Park, Fla.
Think Hawaiian 'cakes with coconut, macadamia nuts and pineapple.


4. Griddle Cafe - West Hollywood, Calif.
Catch young celebs ordering Kahlua buttermilk pancakes.


5. T.C. Eggington's - Mesa, Ariz.
Go for the Brit-style 'Girdle Cakes' with extra-whipped honey butter.


6. Cameo Cafe West - Portland, Ore.
Their 'full-acre' blueberry pancakes spill off the rim of the plate.


7. Beach Grass Cafe - South Solana Beach, Calif.
Dessert meets breakfast with a pineapple upside-down pancake.


8. Dottie's True Blue Cafe - San Francisco
Get the house favorite: luscious blueberry cornmeal pancakes.


9. Norma's - New York
Banana-macadamia nut flap jacks with banana-brown sugar butter


10. Pamela's - Pittsburgh
Hubcap-sized strawberry flapjacks? Irresistible.


11. PJ's Pancake House - Princeton, N.J.
Serving celebs like Brooke Shields and Harry Hamlin for four decades.


12. Sorella's - Boston
Ginger's blueberry-hazelnut pancakes are worth the hour wait.


13. Magnolia Pancake Haus - San Antonio
Pfannekuchen proves Germans (even those from Texas) know pancakes.


14. Melange - St. Louis
Dutch Baby: Egg-rich batter + fresh berries = oven-puffed perfection.


15. Al's Breakfast - Minneapolis
Legendary 'cakes with sour cream, served up in a 12-seat diner.

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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 08:05:50 (permalink)
    The only one I have visited is Al's in Minneapolis.

    I was in Amana, Iowa a few years ago and I believe it was in East Amana at a German restaurant, I had very thin plate size pancakes that were excellent. I believe they are common in Germany.

    They were served along with huge plates of potatoes, jams and jellies, eggs and breakfast meats. I do not recall the price but there were ample amounts for the three of us that enjoyed this fine place.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 08:10:54 (permalink)
    Hello All

    I'l add one to that list, Jimmy's Dinner in Bridgeville Delaware. Best i have ever had.

    Thanks Jim
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 12:10:17 (permalink)
    I'm not a fan of these top blah blah lists. It's a damn big country! But it does get the discussion going.

    My fave, which is on this site, Blanche & Bill's in Bridgewater Corners VT. You can take your city flapjacks and shove 'em where the sun don't shine:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=1639
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 12:20:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bulldozer Rectangle

    I'm not a fan of these top blah blah lists. It's a damn big country! But it does get the discussion going.



    I agree, it is a little silly, considering how simple pancakes are, and the fact that every breakfast restaurant in the country sells pancakes.

    My personal favorites are Sarabeth's buttermilk pancakes in NYC and Another Roadside Attraction's corn cakes in upstate Red Hook, NY
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 12:47:09 (permalink)
    A pancake is a pancake. What's the big deal?
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 12:55:07 (permalink)
    I've had Pancakes everywhere. I still say that Northern New England
    (specifically Vermont and New Hampshire) have the conglomerate on superior Pancakes compared to the rest of the nation.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 14:10:14 (permalink)
    Jeremiah's in Jackson, Wyoming. Great Sourdough Cakes, local Berry toppings and on a brisk Fall Day you have the "Breakfast of Champions"! I won't attempt to claim this as the best of the nation etc etc...But this place and the Diner in Custer, South Dakota Make excellent pancakes. There is something about the ambience and community that makes those breakfasts extra-special!
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 15:07:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    A pancake is a pancake. What's the big deal?



    If you ever tasted my mother's, you would know!
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 15:18:04 (permalink)
    Just walked by 8. Dottie's True Blue Cafe - San Francisco, the line was out the door and 1/2 way down the block at 10:30am.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 15:55:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    A pancake is a pancake. What's the big deal?


    Michael, actual you are partially correct as I suppose they are all made of similar ingredients however some are light, some are heavy, some are flavored, some are sweet, some are light and some are heavy.

    The Pancake Pantry in Gatlingburg has many different varieties from the German pancakes on down. They even use carbonated water in some.

    I have had them as light as a feather and heavy as lead.

    Paul E. Smith
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 15:58:24 (permalink)
    I like them equally. Heavy and light.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/14 16:57:22 (permalink)
    I "stack" my pancakes up against any. Folks have come from far and wide (well a few blocks anyhow) to join in the joy of sitting down to a breakfast feast highlighted by pancakes A La Mariner. (Actually they are very good.) A recipe given to me by a Lady (I only accept recipes from Ladies)who swears she got it directly from Aunt Jamima herself. Easter is not a pancake day (Ham and eggs on Easter)----- but the following week---Easter Plus One-----will be pancake and sausage Sunday. I can hardly wait.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/15 01:26:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by the ancient mariner

    I "stack" my pancakes up against any. Folks have come from far and wide (well a few blocks anyhow) to join in the joy of sitting down to a breakfast feast highlighted by pancakes A La Mariner. (Actually they are very good.) A recipe given to me by a Lady (I only accept recipes from Ladies)who swears she got it directly from Aunt Jamima herself. Easter is not a pancake day (Ham and eggs on Easter)----- but the following week---Easter Plus One-----will be pancake and sausage Sunday. I can hardly wait.


    You really need to share that receipe! Please!!!

    MikeS.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/15 08:54:15 (permalink)
    I will attest to the fact that the Cameo Cafe has excellent pancakes and I am glad to see the place get recognition. I also think the Original Pancake House here in Portland deserves recognition. Its Dutch apple pancake is out of this world.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/15 23:20:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by the ancient mariner

    I "stack" my pancakes up against any. Folks have come from far and wide (well a few blocks anyhow) to join in the joy of sitting down to a breakfast feast highlighted by pancakes A La Mariner. (Actually they are very good.) A recipe given to me by a Lady (I only accept recipes from Ladies)who swears she got it directly from Aunt Jamima herself. Easter is not a pancake day (Ham and eggs on Easter)----- but the following week---Easter Plus One-----will be pancake and sausage Sunday. I can hardly wait.
    I'm not sure on this but I think pancake day is Shrove Tuesday the day before Lent begins. Chow Jim
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/16 01:27:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    A pancake is a pancake. What's the big deal?


    And a hamburger is a hamburger. Never any variation in taste at all.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/17 16:45:58 (permalink)
    Come to Myrtle Beach, there must be at least 100 pancake houses here, and every single one of them are busy...
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/17 17:15:28 (permalink)
    Penny's in Clifton Heights, PA... I always order a short stack to share with my sweetie when we go there for breakfast (in addition to our regular breakfast)... She will go thru withdrawels if it is too long between her Penny's pancake fixes...
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/18 01:15:00 (permalink)
    Gingerbread pancakes at the Magnolia Cafe in Austin, preferably the one on Lake Austin Blvd., as the one on S. Congress sometimes has an outbreak of Hipster Attitude that can interfere with service and, occasionally, the food.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/24 21:01:03 (permalink)
    http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/

    The original, Original Pancake House on Barbour Blvd in Portland, should be on the list of places to visit for all Roadfooders.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/24 22:12:38 (permalink)
    What? Where's Pancake Pantry in Nashville or Sears' Fine Foods in San Francisco? Speaking as one who does not normally eat pancakes both these places are the bomb, although if I eat at PP that'll be the only meal I have all day because it stuffs me that much.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2006/04/25 10:25:04 (permalink)
    In my experience, Sears Fine Foods is overrated (and overpriced). Not terrible by any means, has retro charm and is worth a visit, but the breakfasts are nothing to rave about. Dottie's on the other hand is worth raving about, from the baked goods to the omelettes. It is, however, tiny, written up in many tourguides and lines of tourists, especially European, "queue up" every day.

    Best pancakes I've had in years were at a roadside diner in Random Lake WI called the Midway (next to a gas quickie-mart, the Wisconsin Aire Motel and a tanning establishment - not for humans). Seemed to be a morning stop for farmers (my friend's Dad calls it the buttcrack cafe.) Perfect wheatcakes: light, barely crisp on the outside, with a real wheat flavor. Exceptional light, thin potato pancakes, too.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/04 18:21:54 (permalink)
    Ok - Here is my Danish grandmother's pancake recipe. This is actually very similar to many ableskiver recipes I have seen. My brother and I used to keep her at the stove for what seemed like hours making these and I still make them at least once a month. They are light and thin, not your hearty stack of hotcakes but everyone I have ever made them for comes back for more. Even beter with some fresh blueberries thrown in and of course you need maple syrup, not that log cabin crap (one of the reasons I rarely order restaurant pancakes).
    2 cups flour
    1 tsp soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 1/2 - 3 cups of buttermilk (kind of a trial and error thing
    until you find a texture you like)
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    2 eggs, beaten

    mix all together just until blended. Let rest for 3 or 4 minutes. Drop onto a lightly greased hot skillet. wait until well covered w/ bubbles and then turn and finish on the other side.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/04 19:08:02 (permalink)
    This is for Mike and anyone else who likes good pancakes.
    Mike I am sorry I didn't read your post before this, you
    missed out on some good eating.

    Dry ingredients----
    ----1 i/2 cups of white flour
    ----1 cup of whole wheat flour
    ----1/2 cup of corn meal
    ----3 teaspoons sugar
    ----1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    ----2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    ----1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    Mix all together----I use a whisk. This is enough for 24 good
    sized pancakes

    (Because I live alone I divide this into 3 batchs.)
    I put (2) 1/3 portions of the dry stuff into little
    ziplock bags and put them into the freezer until I
    am ready for them. Each 1/3 makes about 8 good sized
    pancakes.

    Now on the day I am going to make cakes I take a
    batch of the dry ingredients and add
    (1) one cup of buttermilk/or just plain milk if that is all you have.
    (1) egg
    (2) tablespoons of melted butter and mix it all up.

    Thats it----just cook 'em up on a hot griddle, pour some
    syrup on them, add some sausages and hot coffee and enjoy.
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/05 08:24:07 (permalink)
    I have only been to two of the places listed above and neither one to me is anything special. I agree with Wanderingjew that most of the best pancakes come from Vermont-New Hampshire. But if I could have pancakes from just one place the rest of my life, Pancake Pantry in Nashville would be the easy choice. Unfortunately, I don't get there often enough to try the entire menu, but the sugar & spice and the sweet potato pancakes are unbelieveable!
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/06 10:36:46 (permalink)
    Aunt Martha's Pancake House!!!!!---1700 East Cherokee in Springfield Missouri!!! A few years back i made a trip up to Illinois to get the framework for my dome house and Bushie suggested this place--AWESOME--about 25 different pancakes and lots of fixins to go along with them--i like the Southern style cornmeal pancakes with country ham! It's now a "Must stop" dining spot when ever i am in the area!-----of course i also like about anyplace in Northern New England---ahh the SYRUP!!!!!!!--and the Pancake Palace in Nashville is a must!
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/10 12:34:55 (permalink)
    mmmmm - now i'm dreaming about gingerbread or fruit and nut pancakes from Sweet Sue's in Phoenicia, upstate NY....
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/11 08:31:43 (permalink)
    If you want that real diner type pancake flavor, I add diastatic malt to the recipe. Great flavor and adds to the rise. Some pancake mixes you can buy off the shelf contain this item. Chow Jim
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    RE: Best Pancakes in USA 2007/11/11 19:19:55 (permalink)
    Du-par's at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Wonderful hotcakes. Should be on the list.

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