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Pancakes R Us in Costa Mesa

PaulF | Apr 2, 2012 09:35 AM

Just wanted to briefly recommend Pancakes R Us in Costa Mesa.

My son had a game in Costa Mesa and we had time to kill between the time his coaches wanted him dropped off and the start of the game.

There are plenty of Denny's and other chains on Harbor Boulevard down there, but we wanted something more "local." So, we Chowhounded and Yelped and decided to breakfast at a place called Pancakes R Us.

PRU is the type of place most towns have, for some reason the vibe said "San Pedro" but it could have been Long Beach or Lakewood. It's the place those who live in the neighborhood go.

Though it was jamming at 10 am on a Saturday, we lucked out and were seated right away. The restaurant has indoor seating and a covered patio. We got an indoor booth in a corner. The busperson asked for our drink order right away and brought over two carafes of coffee (I drink decaf, oh well). The carafes were full and we were able to refill our own coffee through the meal. It wasn't the most awesome coffee of all time but it was strong and hot and it tasted like coffee. It was fine.

The menu is extensive (I only really focused on the breakfast, but it looked like they had an extensive sandwich/lunch menu, too. None of the breakfasts I considered were for the feint of heart -- they seem to specialize in big combos with multiple meats, eggs, and pancakes.

I had the "Classic Combo" not to be confused with the "Big Classic Combo." It had two eggs (over easy for me), two pancakes, two sausage links, two strips of ham, two strips of bacon and a pile of hash browns for 9.49. It was a ridiculous amount of food, but good enough to finish. The pancakes were very good, for what it's worth, but the best thing on the plate were the eggs. Over easy isn't always easy to do -- if they timing if off they sit before being served and harden a bit or whites burn a little. They did these perfectly, I was impressed. (I like to eat pancakes without syrup or butter -- and if you think that's weird, I also prefer salt and pepper on french toast -- and I broke one of the yokes over the pancakes and it was perfectly the way I liked it.)

My wife had Pigs in a Blanket. She was only able to finish two of the four (though a couple of starving rugby players finished them off after the game). She said it was good, though, and they brought her warm maple syrup for dipping.

Judging from what others were eating, the crepes might be the thing to get here. It looked like every table had some crepes on them.

Very friendly and attentive service.

All in all, I recommend Pancakes R Us. I wouldn't drive to CM from WLA just to eat there, but if I find myself down there for another game some time, I'd definitely return.

Pancakes R Us is on 17th between Santa Ana and Tustin.


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