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Best Places For Pancakes In Los Angeles

September 25, 2016 6:00 AM

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Although there is nothing wrong with a fluffy stack of warm buttermilk pancakes, variety is the spice of life. Take a bit out of these unique pancake creations found across LA for a walk on the wild side of breakfast.

(credit: Cafe Gratitude)

(credit: Cafe Gratitude)


Cafe Gratitude
639 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 580-6383
www.cafegratitude.com

With locations across the city, including on Larchmont Blvd, and in downtown LA, Venice and Newport Beach, Cafe Gratitude is known for their organic plant-based restaurants and health kick. With gluten-free options becoming more and more popular, Cafe Gratitude is a great eatery to visit. On deck here are the “Open-Hearted” pancakes. These gluten free buckwheat flax pancakes give you the option to add fruit, extra maple syrup or add cashew whipped cream. And, while they are gluten-free, after one bite, you’ll ignore the fact they are gluten-free.

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(credit: Ghost Media)


Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
www.messhallkitchen.com

Los Feliz’ Messhall Kitchen serves up some pretty delicious options on their menu, so it could be tough to pick just one dish. But, if you’re in the mood for some unique pancakes, Messhall offers up their German Chocolate Pancakes, made with pecans, coconut, chocolate, and caramel sauce. Served during their weekend brunch, this decadent dish is more than worth passing up all the other incredible options on the menu here.

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(credit: Salt’s Cure)


Salt’s Cure
1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 465-7258
www.saltscure.com

Aside from serving up other delicious weekend brunch menu items ranging from eggs to pastries, at Salt’s Cure, you’ll certainly want to try the Oatmeal Griddle Cakes, better known as the oatmeal pancakes. Made with oat batter, and slathered with maple cinnamon butter, they’re certainly not your typical pancakes. Each bite is as decadent as the next, making for a truly enjoyable brunch experience.

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(credit: Chuck D./yelp)


Jon & Vinny’s
412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 334-3369
www.jonandvinnys.com

Part of the restaurant group associated with other top LA eateries like Son of A Gun, Animal, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, and others, Jon & Vinny’s is one of the newer kids on the block. The Italian eatery has made quite the impact on the LA dining scene for more than just great pizza, pasta and Italian inspired desserts. These pancakes may seem somewhat straightforward, but they are anything but. The buttermilk pancakes here are served up with salted butter, berries on top and a rich maple syrup to go on top.

(credit: Griddle Cafe)

(credit: Griddle Cafe)


The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377
thegriddlecafe.com

With a wide variety of unique pancake creations, The Griddle Cafe is a sure bet if you are looking for one-of-a-kind pancakes. Try the “Hear Me Roar” pancakes with baked with frosted flakes and strawberries, the “Black Magic” cakes with crushed Oreos baked inside, or the “Saturday Morning Fever” pancakes livened up with Baily’s and Kahlua. The Griddle Cafe also offers seasonal favorites, too. So, make sure to stop by during the holidays, or on Easter for some specials!

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(credit: Laura P./Yelp)


Jinky’s
14120 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 981-2250
Multiple Locations
www.jinkys.com

With multiple locations throughout the city, including Sherman Oaks, Studoo City, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Santa Monica and elsewhere, Jinky’s is famous for offering more than 30 varieties of pancakes, including unique offerings like the Banana Foster Cakes, Caramel Creame Pancakes, and Pumpkin Pancakes served with pumpkin marmalade. The list starts there, though. From Tex-Mex pancakes to delicious S’mores Pancakes and more, the list here is endless. Gluten-free eaters can score some of the same great pancake flavor combos as well!

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(credit: morethanwaffles.com)


More Than Waffles
17200 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 789-5937
morethanwaffles.com

Although many visitors swear by the wide variety of waffles at this Encino eatery, More than Waffles actually serves up some extremely tasty and unique pancake creations as well. From a wide variety of healthy options (including pancakes made from numerous grains, granola, and gluten-free buckwheat) to chocolate chip and pumpkin pecan pancakes, the tasty cakes and diverse selection make More than Waffles a must visit. Must try’s include The Hot Apple, which is sprinkled inside and on top with cinnamon, as well as the Almond Joy, with coconut, nutella, and almonds.

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(credit: Yelp user Pancho V.)


Jacks N Joe
2498 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-4565
www.jacksnjoe.com

Located near the USC campus, Jacks N Joe, a “Breakfast All Day Kinda Place,” serves up warm pancakes to guests all day. Known as ‘Flapjacks’ here, there are so many great options, it can almost be overwhelming. While everything on the menu is great, make sure not to miss out on their “Tree Huggers” pancakes. Made up of 3 buckwheat pancakes with house-made granola, they are topped with seasonal berries, sweet orange butter, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Or show some school spirit with the “Fight On!” flapjacks. Made with bacon, it provides an extra dose of protein cooked right in the batter. Other notables include the “Jack’s Banana” flapjacks, with banana puree. Topped with butter, fresh bananas, and walnuts, they are then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served.

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