Good Griddled Grub

It was around the time of my New Years (my birthday).  (T) decided to take me to The Griddle Cafe, a place located in Hollywood that I’ve been to before, but not in a very, very long time.  We drove separately.

“Are you there yet?” I asked over the phone.

“I’m here!” she responded with great enthusiasm.

I pulled up, lucky enough to find street parking around the corner.  The line was long as usual.  Some talked on the phone, while others wandered off constantly running back to check-in for their table.

“Have you called us yet?”  We too were those people who wondered off.

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Babystacks

I just don’t understand.  I mean, I just really don’t.  I’ve gone to so many breakfast places here in Vegas and none of them seem capable of offering something painfully delicious.  Clearly I am on the wrong road of breakfast foods.  <sigh>  I just thought, besides going to the over priced spots, I could find that fun, mom and pop spot that all the locals know about and the food is always good.  WELL, haven’t found it…which is very sad.

(M) wanted to go Babystacks, a place that was on my foodie list.  Here’s the deal, I already went, but forgot lol.  (S) and I went two months ago and it was just ok.  I was not impressed with anything and clearly the memory of the establishment was a blur.

We walk towards the building.  “I’m so excited, can’t wait to try the french toast” I share with (S).

She agrees with a huge smile and begins listing her pancake options.

“Oh, she’s here!” someone shares across the table.

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Pineapples & Pancakes

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Alright, I have another one for ya!  The Eagle and I (the boyfriend) took a trip to try out this Pineapple Upside-Down Pancake.   These trips aren’t always planned, for sometimes the people call upon us.  Who are these people?  You know, the people.  The people reach out to us when in need of deciding where to eat.  It’s what we do…and I enjoy it.

We pull up, seems the lot knew we were in the neighborhood – parking was easy.  The Eagle steps out to adjust his sun-glasses.  “BEEP” the car locks.  “Head towards the green awning”, I yell out.  We worked our way to the door, confirming its entrance.

It’s bright and pleasant inside, I smile with approval.  The waitress guides us to our seat, seconds for waiting.  I suddenly hear chatter, “I think it’s her?”  I knew what they’re thinking.  The sounds take me back to Jacks n Joe‘s.

I place the order – DISHES CRASH!!!

“She ordered it,” a young girl whispers.

“You think she’ll like it?” another questions.

The Eagle wasn’t so sure so we opted to share yet ordered potatoes and eggs with a biscuit on the side.

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LARGE PLATES from this HOUSE

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Hash House A Go Go is where we ate while in Las Vegas.  And Boy oh Boy I’m a sucka for themed restaurants – I love them!  It’s a restaurant chain offering as they say, “Twisted farm food”.  Well, I dig ’em!  You’ll come across a tractor in the center of the room, straw decor, brick walls with dinner-like seating options.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner just so you know.  And make sure to view their website for they have locations in varied states.

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Yup, plate size pancakes is what they stir up around here.  In Los Angeles, CA there are a couple of spots that other similar large pancakes such as The Griddle Cafe located on Sunset Blvd.  Both places offer the exciting experience of taking on plate-size flapjacks, wondering if you’re able to complete it all.  I did LOL However at the Griddle they offer more stacks creating a tremendous challenge. The lines are long at both places and the wait sucks, but The Griddle at least offers way more amusing selections.  It’s their gimmick.

Well getting back to HHAGG, clearly I went for the Blueberry Flapjacks with crispy bacon and eggs scrambled hard.  Yes, my berries are on the side because I had to share my cakes with someone who wanted simple Butter Milk – LAME!  SOOOOOO no creativity via MOUTH lol  The taste was unflashy.  Nothing to scream about, but not bad either, just there.

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As far as their themed selections, there are items titled, ‘The Tractor Driver Combo’ and (pictured to the left) their ‘Sage fried Chicken Tower’.  Two sage fried chicken breasts with hardwood smoked bacon waffle tower, hot maple reduction and fried leeks.  Definitely offering large plates from this house!

Do I need to return?  Not really, but because it’s a simple enough spot as far as taste, sure I would.

 

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Best Breakfast in Chicago :)

I love my Eagle so much.  (He’s the boyfriend remember)  Well, he took us to Chicago simply to dine at varied restaurants for my blog…ok fine and to also visit family.  We literally visited a new spot each day for every meal of the day <sigh of gratitude> HE’S AMAZING! (picture me smiling, doing turning paddle turns while tossing confetti)

First up was Batter & Berries.  This (B.O.) spot was and is a “must visit”.  Known for their french toast, I decided to order the ‘Flight of French Toast’ which is their sample platter offering four-five varied flavors such as (in photo order) Taffy Apple, Lemon Curd, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry and Blueberry.

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