Month of the FlapJack

Lower East Side, New York City, Pancakes
photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

Once in a while, I’ll have breakfast for dinner. And I know I’m not alone, out there! Usually when I do have what I call a “late breakfast” it’s something fast like bacon and eggs. If its anything hearty like waffles, its usually packaged, and honestly, it’s usually because I’m feeling too lazy to cook so I turn to something simple. I love pancakes, but have never found any packaged version of it that is satisfying.

When I was younger, my idea of going out for a great meal was when the family went to IHOP. It didn’t happen too often so on those rare occasions it was a real treat. I looked forward to my favorite thing on the menu, which I ordered every time, pigs-in-a-blanket. Pancakes wrapped around sausage links topped with whipped cream! The saltiness from the sausage and the sweetness from the pancake and syrup; it has my mouth watering, as I think about it. Pancakes have always been my breakfast comfort food, with french toast coming in a close second.

photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

Now what I look forward to is the annual pancake month at Clinton St. Baking Co. every February. There’s nothing better than comfort food on a bitter February morning. It’s not only pancakes for breakfast, but brunch, lunch and yes dinner. And we’re not talking your usual buttermilk pancakes, here. They’ve got pancakes on steroids! We’re talking about Crunchy Bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce, Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter and  Pistachio frangipane with burgundy cherries and roasted, crushed pistachios, just to name a few. It’s a real treat turned out my this small diner. You can tell by the details that the owner is a chef. The only downside about Clinton St. Baking Co.’s Pancake Month, besides that’s it’s only a month-long, is everyone wants pancakes, and it’s not great waiting on line in the February for a table…the line can be pretty long!

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