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Pancake Quest in Austin

trix worthington | Feb 19, 2003 09:27 AM

Sign on Austin Diner (Burnet Rd) touted "awesome" pancakes. Hadn't dined in this establishment so I thought I'd check out the pancakes. It was a misty gray morning and the inside of the diner seemed dreary, dingy and dirty. Love their concept and the fun old 50s appliances and dishes. But while the wait staff chatted and drank coffee, the milk machine (one of those great ones with the big bulb handle that spews out frothy milk)could have used a good cleaning and shining, food crumbs some rather large and a tub of fresh strawberries languished undisturbed in their prep space in full view of the diner counter. (Where's channel 36 when you need 'em? I even saw the wait staff prepare food atop the crumbs. no one seemed concerned about cleaning this space up).

I ordered a banana pecan pancake after I was informed that the blueberry pancake was not a blueberry pancake but a pancake with blueberry compote atop it. (Read IHOP). I should have inquired more about the banana/pecan pancake because it seems the laziness extends to the kitchen where instead of mixing the nuts and bananas into the batter, the banana and chopped pecans are added after the pancake comes from the kitchen. This apparently is too much for the kitchen staff and is left for the waiter. Maybe the waiter thought the pancake needed some curing under the heat lamp because she waited until the pancake appeared, the "chef" rang the bell and said "order up" that she got busy and sliced the pancakes. I do give her a big thumbs up on the excellent slicing job. Very meticulous. She was also very adept at sprinkling pecans too.

Now the pancake is served to me. Normally I like to put a little butter on my pancake and the Austin Diner is very generous with butter. Four butters sat majestically on the rim of the plate. It would have taken me 10 minutes to move the bananas and pecans however so I poured on the syrup (room temp) and dived in.

The result of adding all these room temperature items to a pancake drops the temperature of the pancake considerably so at best I had a warm pancake.

The pancake itself was a little too brown for my taste what I could see of it and on the heavy side but not a sinker.

So, as you can guess, I wouldn't agree with the Austin Diner's sign that their pancakes are awesome. Anybody else have any pancake recommendations?

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