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10 Best-Tasting Pancakes in LA

By Lesley Balla
March 4, 2014
Photo by: Square One Dining

Hotcakes, flapjacks, pancakes, griddlecakes: no matter what you call them, a stack of syrup-soaked, pan-fried batter makes any day brighter. Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, the day before Lent, is also known as Pancake Day - a day to indulge before fasting. But we don't really need a special excuse to dig into pancakes. It's the quintessential breakfast food that's even good for dinner. These pancake options aren't free like the ones at IHOP on National Pancake Day every year (this year the freebies happen on March 4). But they're definitely better. Here, where to find the 10 Best-Tasting Pancakes in LA.

  • Photo by: BLD

    BLD

    Fluffy and delicious, the ricotta helps these blueberry-studded pancakes stay tender and moist. The little log-cabin-shaped container of maple syrup is a nice touch. As the name says, breakfast is served here daily and the pancakes are also available at the wildly popular weekend brunch.

    7450 Beverly Blvd; 323-930-9744

  • Gjelina

    If you can actually get a table for brunch, the chestnut lemon ricotta pancakes are worth the wait. Get them topped with whatever the fresh fruit of the day is - raspberries and blueberries are both great. Drizzle on a bunch of maple syrup and go to town.

    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-450-1429
     

  • Photo by: Lesley Balla

    Du-Par’s

    As far as great, old-fashioned pancakes in a classic diner go, Du-Par’s at the Original Farmers Market and Studio City tops the list. The pancakes are hot and fluffy, made even more perfect by a significant syrup-ing. It’s not unusual to see an extra plate in the middle of a table for everyone to share - ok, maybe that's just us.

    6333 W. Third St., 323-933-8446; 12036 Ventura Blvd., 818-766-4437
     

  • The Griddle

    Pancakes take a turn for the giant at this West Hollywood cafe. Plate-size - heck, larger than plate-size, usually - they come in a world of flavors, from red-velvet with a swirl of sugary-sweet icing to cinnamon-apple- and streusel-topped to Oreo-filled beasts. Of course, even the classic buttermilk will do.

    7916 Sunset Blvd.; 323-874-0377

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    Cooks County

    The baked pancake at the cozy Beverly Boulevard spot is huge, so you only need one. It's as light and fluffy as air, so you won’t feel weighed down after you eat the whole thing. And you will eat the whole thing. It's just a perfect pancake. Drizzle the huckleberry compote and really good bourbon maple syrup all over it and just try to stop eating it. We dare you.

    8009 Beverly Blvd.; 323-653-8009

  • Square One Dining 

    The pancakes at the hipster breakfast spot in East Hollywood are great on their own, but why wouldn’t you get the chopped bacon and bacon-infused syrup to go with them? It’s the only way to fly.

    4854 Fountain Ave.; 323-661-1109

  • Canele

    It’s too bad the baked pancake is only available at weekend brunch at the Atwater Village restaurant, because it’s good enough to crave every day. Baked in a terra cotta dish, the pancake billows over the sides like a cloud and gets topped with a generous scoop of Meyer lemon cream.

    3219 Glendale Blvd.; 323-666-7133

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    John O’Groats 

    For 30 years, the original O’Groats in Rancho Park has served big hearty breakfasts, including giant flapjacks the size of a plate. They come in plain buttermilk, buckwheat, seven grain and spiced pumpkin among other flavors. You can order one of each for a multiflavored stack. There’s also a newer, bigger location in Encino serving the same breakfast and lunch menus.

    10516 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-204-0692

  • Jacks N Joe 

    The family-run cafe near USC fuels coeds with giant buttermilk or buckwheat flapjacks that can be ordered in twos, threes, fives and even sevens. Yes, a stack of seven pancakes. The Pudge Elvis comes topped with peanut butter and bananas, the “Fight On!” flapjacks have bacon mixed in. Here, the powdered sugar is high and the prices are low - just the way the students like it.

    2498 S. Figueroa St.; 213-748-4565

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    Salt’s Cure

    Now that the West Hollywood restaurant serves breakfast every day, you don’t have to wait until the weekend for the oatmeal griddlecakes. These pancakes are more hearty than fluffy, with crisp edges and a generous pat of cinnamon brown butter on top. You’ll want a side of housemade sausage with your order.

    7494 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-850-7258

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Places Mentioned

BLD Restaurant

American • Fairfax

Food23 Decor20 Service20 Cost$31
 
 
 
Gjelina

American • Venice Beach

Food26 Decor21 Service17 Cost$47
 
 
 
The Griddle Cafe

American • Hollywood

Food25 Decor15 Service18 Cost$19
 
 
 
Square One Dining

American • East Hollywood

Food24 Decor18 Service21 Cost$17
 
 
 
Canelé

Mediterranean • Atwater Village

Food24 Decor19 Service20 Cost$43
 
 
 
John O'Groats

American • Cheviot Hills

Food21 Decor15 Service19 Cost$20
 
 
 
Salt's Cure

American • West Hollywood

Food22 Decor16 Service20 Cost$38
 
 
 
 
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