Well, here's where it all began....
So my friend Grace recommended Uptown Cafe. She often orders The Uptown Pancake. One wasn't enough for me. So I had two, both filled with walnuts and chocolate chips and DRENCHED in syrup. Oh yes.
As you can see, Uptown's cakes are huge. And they are DELICIOUS. Each time I go to Uptown, I leave wanting more, so I visit pretty frequently.
Here's a pic from another trip.
It was this day that I decided to dedicate my Saturdays--and myself--to the love of pancakes.
The pancakes are great because:
1. They're sizeable. I want something as big as my plate!!!
2. They're pretty rich. (although to be honest, I find it very hard to really get a feel for the pancakes themselves since they're so loaded with walnuts and chocolate chips.)
3. They're reasonably priced. I got two pancakes with two toppings and managed to leave the restaurant having only dropped $10 (generous tip included!!) Although, as I mentioned in another post, some things are just worth spending money on.
4. You get to eat them in a pretty nice restaurant environment, I must say. Although, for all those who like to eat outside, beware the vicious sun, for it follows you, threatening to shine blindingly in your eyes, forcing you to hop from table to table throughout your meal....
Pro pancaker's tips:
You will never have a bad pancaking experience if you fill your cakes with nuts and chocolate chips. (or just fill your cakes with the toppings offered at the restaurant...) Say the place is slammed and the batter wasn't very good in that batch. You wouldn't know because your taste buds are already satisfied by crunchy nuts and sweet chocolate chips and not to mention syrup (and even butter, if you dare).
In order to not have a total sweetness overload (sometimes this isn't as pleasant as it seems, and we always discover this after all the remaining pancakes on our plate are drenched in anticipatory syrup...) make sure you put nuts, or some food of substance, in your pancakes. (Bacon maybe? I'm sure that's a thing...) Or, just get a side of bacon, or sausage, or an egg. You can alternate bites of salty and sweet and your experience will be all the more sensational, I promise.
Be cautious of how much water you're chugging. Water can make you fuller faster, and you know you want to save all the room you have in your over-stimulated belly for the nutty, chocolatey, carby magic you're stuffing it with.
So I haven't been here in a while...BUT my lovely friend Madison happened to be going there and she took these beautiful photos for me!! I was so happy.
I was told that the IHOP experience was pretty memorable....in the best possible way. Madison followed the pro pancaker's tip of complementing the sweetness overload (which our pictures indicate she clearly experienced) with a side of eggs and bacon. That was a solid decision that I'm sure made her breakfast a winner.
Personally, I've never ventured to try strawberries with my pancakes...but I was informed that the fruity syrup did more than just make a beautiful, colorful, artistic photograph. It was pretty good, apparently.
Overall, IHOP was a success. I'll knock it out for myself once I hit up all the local places in town.
3. Jenny's Lunchbox
Well, this was pretty good. Although, I must say, Uptown was better. These pancakes were just too small....so, to account for this discrepancy between the amount of pancakes I had on my plate and the amount my excited stomach and mind demanded, I had to order two separate breakfasts: the large stack (3 cakes) & the short stack (2 cakes).
So the large stack came first. The cakes were slightly cold when they came to me, but man.... I'd been looking forward to this face-stuffing session for two weeks so I definitely didn't care. As I was approaching the third cake, I caught the waitress and ordered another short stack.
Well, the second stack was substantially better than the first. I was getting kind of full at that point, but it was definitely nice to have that time in between finishing the large stack and starting in on the small stack to let my stomach rest. But the small stack definitely was cooked in more butter because the outside of the cakes were crunchy. Oh my lord yes. And these cakes were substantially bigger than the first ones too...
After I had eaten about a half of the second cake in the small stack (3.5 cakes in to the 5 I ate that morning) I was definitely getting full. I contemplated getting a box and taking the rest home. But because the cakes in this stack were so much better than those in the first stack, I just kept going. (In retrospect, someone really should've stopped me at that point...) I was pretty full all day, but I was able to comfortably eat a decent meal that night around 7:30. I was even slightly hungry. The five-mile run I had done before the face-stuffing session at 10:30 am was planned to ensure that I would have some appetite later in the day...
Well, Jenny's was pretty tasty, I must say. Also, with the two breakfasts I ordered and with all the added pancake toppings, I was expecting it to be pretty pricey, not gonna lie. But, the waitress evened it off at $10 for me! So I left her a pretty hefty tip. When we went inside to pay, we saw the chefs cooking in the little kitchen and that was a pretty cool experience. Overall, I would definitely recommend Jenny's Lunchbox. But next time, someone please stop me before I eat two breakfasts.....