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Millie's Pancake Haus

6530 Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ - (520) 298-4250
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/23/2015 6:43:00 PM
As we sat in a booth at Millie’s Pancake House one morning about seven o’clock, we heard a group of people in the next room singing, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee…” It was a branch of the local Lions Club, who meet here regularly to discuss business and eat breakfast. This is a comfortable place to meet, whether you are a club, a couple, or a single traveler. Decorated in a country-craftsy style, with heart-shape cut-outs in the wooden booth-backs, Millie’s is civilized and welcoming.

Millie's pancakes come in different sizes and flavors, from basic buttermilk (which are thick, steamy, and light-textured) to wafer thin crepes that are called “French pancakes,” topped with jelly, Cointreau, cherry, or apricot. The super-thin ones are also used as “Swedish pancakes,” which are accompanied by a cup of lingonberry sauce. Savory potato pancakes have a rugged spuddy texture; they are available with apple sauce and/or sour cream and, of course, a breakfast meat of choice. The top-of-the-line item on the breakfast menu is the German apple pancake, a plate-sized behemoth that is filled with spiced cooked apples and takes a full 25 minutes to prepare.

At lunch, Millie’s offers hamburgers and sandwiches and salads that you can have topped with the house specialty, Dutch Dressing, an intriguing creamy sweet-and-sour concoction. The beverage list includes ice cream sodas and milk shakes in all the usual flavors plus blueberry.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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We're not sure why these buttermilk pancakes topped with apricot sauce are called Bohemian, but they sure are delicious.  That's a cup of thick sour cream in the background.
"We're not sure why these buttermilk pancakes topped with apricot sauce are called Bohemian, but they sure are delicious. That's a cup of thick sour cream in the background."
Michael Stern





There is nothing better than an excellent baked pancake. It is substantial, but dramatically leavened by the inclusion of many eggs that puff it up and create a texture like some fine, sweet Yorkshire pudding. Millie's version, sad to say, was earthbound.
"There is nothing better than an excellent baked pancake. It is substantial, but dramatically leavened by the inclusion of many eggs that puff it up and create a texture like some fine, sweet Yorkshire pudding. Millie's version, sad to say, was earthbound."
Michael Stern


'Our own' Pennsylvania Dutch Pie, is sticky-sweet.
"'Our own' Pennsylvania Dutch Pie, is sticky-sweet."
Michael Stern


Swedish pancakes are served with lingonberry sauce. It's a great idea, but not so well executed. For this dish to work, the pancakes have to be featherlight, not elasticized.
"Swedish pancakes are served with lingonberry sauce. It's a great idea, but not so well executed. For this dish to work, the pancakes have to be featherlight, not elasticized."
Michael Stern


The thin, crepe-like rolled pancakes did not live up to our good memory of them. Rather than being delicate and refined, they were a little bit tough. Not hideous, but not worth a trip.
"The thin, crepe-like rolled pancakes did not live up to our good memory of them. Rather than being delicate and refined, they were a little bit tough. Not hideous, but not worth a trip."
Michael Stern


The 'country-crafts' decor of Millie's includes heart-shaped cut-outs in the booth backs.
"The 'country-crafts' decor of Millie's includes heart-shaped cut-outs in the booth backs."
Michael Stern


Millie's at dawn, on a rare rainy day in Tucson
"Millie's at dawn, on a rare rainy day in Tucson"
Michael Stern



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