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Alana’s Café in Burlingame: Lovely Fruit on Pancakes a Go-Go

katya | Jun 9, 200509:43 PM

Since moving to the Peninsula, we’d 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 Alana’s Café on Burlingame Ave. – a pretty little spot.

Alana’s is in the narrowest space I’ve 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 it’s such a narrow and long walkway, there is always a traffic jam here. It’s also a tight fit between tables. Though Alana’s website says it’s handicap accessible, I would think it would be very awkward maneuvering a wheelchair through the restaurant. I also can’t imagine bringing a large group here, as there aren’t 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 Martha’s 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 couldn’t really taste them through the compote of raspberries and blueberries, which though having a nice fruity, slightly syrupy flavor were a little overpowering. I’d 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 children’s menu.

In conclusion, Alana’s doesn’t 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 we’ve only actually been to two breakfast places on the Peninsula) .

There is also an Alana’s location in Redwood City.

Alana’s Café
1408 Burlingame Ave. (at Primrose Rd.)
Burlingame, CA
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.

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