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Great lengths for good PANCAKES...


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Great lengths for good PANCAKES...

Emma F. | | Nov 28, 2001 12:24 AM

Hello, everyone!
So, I'm a pancake fiend living in a Harvard dorm, with no car but a strong hankering. Any place in Boston (South End's a bit tricky but I'd welcome suggestions), Cambridge, Somerville, Newton or Brookline is do-able; further than that, depends how good they are. Where's the best place for pancakes? Especially (mmmm) blueberry ones??

Here's what I've tried and some quick thoughts on each; feel free to air your opinions.

Johnny's Luncheonette: taste too much like the butter they used on the griddle. Pretty mediocre, though they'll do in a pancake pinch...

Rosebud Diner: Bland, tasteless, flavorless blueberries. All about the maple syrup, which at least comes in a nice personal dispenser.

Greenhouse Restaurant (Harvard Square): had these several years ago. Remember they were monster-size, pretty sweet. Actually, I think I ordered chocolate chip, and you can't exactly screw those up. Are the regular ones any good?

BC Eagle deli (Cleveland Circle): Standard. From a mix. Cheap&plentiful. Nothing special.

Zaftigs: Best I've had in Boston. Fluffy, sweet, dusted with confectioners sugar. Very cheery. Excellent quality blueberries. Could maybe do without the strawberry butter. A plus: they put the berries BOTH inside AND outside the pancakes. Too bad when they only do one, or they don't even ask...

and, yeah, IHOP: It was late, we were hungry. I think they were sort of okay. Not my first choice, though I'd take some babysittees for the clown pancake. BICKFORDS, though, is just horrid.