Since moving to the Peninsula, wed only had breakfast out at one restaurant the Millbrae Pancake House and although that was a decent slice of retro breakfast nostalgia, frankly we hoped for somewhere with better food. Thus we found ourselves at Alanas Café on Burlingame Ave. a pretty little spot.
Alanas is in the narrowest space Ive ever seen, with a ridiculously narrow walkway between the counter and the wall in order to traverse from the front to the back of the restaurant. Because its such a narrow and long walkway, there is always a traffic jam here. Its also a tight fit between tables. Though Alanas website says its handicap accessible, I would think it would be very awkward maneuvering a wheelchair through the restaurant. I also cant imagine bringing a large group here, as there arent many tables (though you can make reservations), and there is likely a wait on weekends (we had a 5 minute wait at 1 p.m.).
But enough of that on to the food!
My boyfriend and I prefer our breakfasts nice and sugary so we shared our orders of Southern Pecan Pancakes ($7.50) and Marthas Famous Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes ($6.50 with bananas or warm cinnamon apples; $7.50 with lingonberries). I could feel the crunch of the pecans that had been cooked into the pecan pancakes, but couldnt really taste them through the compote of raspberries and blueberries, which though having a nice fruity, slightly syrupy flavor were a little overpowering. Id definitely order this again, but maybe get the compote on the side just so I could have half my bites with pecans and a little maple syrup and the other half with the lovely compote which was obviously made with quality fruit.
The big winner was the oatmeal pancakes in which oatmeal was actually visible in a cross-section of the pancakes. The pancakes had a nice warm, crunchy creamy mouthfeel. We had these with the lingonberries and they provided a nice tart and sweet contrast. Both stacks came with three large cakes, and we only were able to eat our way through ¾ of our food.
Also coming out of the kitchen were lots of egg dishes, salads, and sandwiches. There is also a childrens menu.
In conclusion, Alanas doesnt quite rival our Berkeley favorites pecan pancakes at Homemade Café or cornmeal pancakes with fresh pears at Meal Ticket but our new favorite place for breakfast on the Peninsula. (And not just because weve only actually been to two breakfast places on the Peninsula) .
There is also an Alanas location in Redwood City.
1408 Burlingame Ave. (at Primrose Rd.)
Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more
Metered street parking
Free public lot a block and a half away (Burlingame Ave. & El Camino Real
Breakfast Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m. 11 a.m.
Lunch Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m. 3 pm..
Dinner Tues.-Fri.: Beginning at 5 p.m.
Breakfast (and lunch) all day Sat. & Sun.: 8 a.m. 2 p.m.