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Best pancakes

Posted June 4, 2009

Where can we find the most delicious pancakes in North Carolina? Please vote for your favorite restaurant. Ask your friends. Get them to vote for the best place to get flapjacks.

The next time I eat pancakes I will probably eat them at a restaurant. Here is my sad story.

I broach this topic carefully as I continue my quest to lose weight in the Ten Pounds Down challenge. If I make my weekly weight loss goal I feel I should reward myself with a little comfort food. Last night my goal was to make blueberry pancakes for dinner. I failed miserably. The batter was runny. The first pancake cooked too quickly and burned. The second one was too large for my spatula. When I did flip it half the pancake went one way and the rest of the flapjack the other. I was feeling so culinary-challenged at this point. Eventually, I got a couple of products out of the frying pan that were grotesque but edible. I am calling these The Blueberry Uglies. I’d be glad to share this shameful recipe with anyone who wants it. Second thought – maybe not.

I wrote about my favorite pancake recipe in my book Blue Ridge Reunion. I guess I was about 13 years old at the time. Here is an excerpt:

“One weekend scouting adventure began with a hike from Table Rock into Linville Gorge. Morganton physician Dr. Bill Kirksey led a group of 20 scouts. Despite a close encounter with an ornery timber rattler and a few blisters we had a wonderful time. We camped along the Linville River and were awakened the next morning by the crisp autumn air and the smell of buttermilk pancakes bubbling up on campfire griddles.”


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  • my_opinion_only Jun 5, 2009

    If you add a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 Tbs sugar to the Bisquick recipe -- YUMMMMMMM........

  • vlou Jun 4, 2009

    Bill, I guess the guy speaking about Wilmington was referring to Hitey's Rest(how strange, just put a W in front of this) joined to El Berta Motor the way the Motor Inn is closing on Sunday after the last guest leaves after
    55 years in business...we will miss it!!!

  • mamahill823 Jun 4, 2009

    The best pancakes to my family is the one on the Bisquick box. We have had them in several other places but we always come back to these.

  • marywag Jun 4, 2009

    Hi Bill, we do love Big Ed's and also Barry's in Cary,, they both have wonderful pancakes...also the new Pancake House in Apex turns out a good pancake!!!
    Cuz, don't give up on your blueberry pancakes, If I can do it you can!! Trick is getting the griddle hot enough!!
    This has made us hungry!!

  • LMRA Jun 4, 2009

    My Father makes the best pancakes! Being Catholic, we would have them for dinner when we couldn't eat meat on Friday. He also makes wonderful waffles!! I have no idea if there's a secret to his batter. I've never watched him!

  • Stillhere36 Jun 4, 2009

    Joey's Pancake House in Maggie Valley serves the most consistently good pancakes I've ever had. There are some restaurants where you might get good ones one day & then not so good the next but Joey's nails 'em every time.

  • canesnut Jun 4, 2009

    Well this is just hilarious! I tried to put in my favorite place in Wilmington, but the censors don't like the name! Let's just say it's the restaurant connected to the old El-Berta Motor Inn on Market Street. It rhymes with Y-T's. HA!

  • mommymatters Jun 4, 2009

    give it another try Bill. I think figuring out right temperature for your stove is key. Also go easy on the liquid, you can always add more after it sits a moment and wait for the bubbles. I have also found that making the first one or two really small to experiment with the temperature and batter helps. Don't give up, if I can do it so can you. It just takes a little practice. Now it is a family favorite meal.

  • MarineMom Jun 4, 2009

    The Southern City Grille & Restaurant in Warrenton, NC makes the BEST pancakes and french toast around. It is truly "slap your mama" good.

  • Chplhill Jun 4, 2009

    Allen & Son's BBQ on Hwy. 86...the owner makes breakfast only one day a week...Saturday morning, and usually doesn't turn on the "open" sign. While Keith Allen is known for his bbq, he should be known for his pancakes. Decadent...




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