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Restaurant details

Cuisine Breakfast
Price range of entrées $6 - $12
Delivery No
Outdoor seating No
Party room No
Reservations accepted Yes
Kids menu Yes
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Payment options Accepts credit cards

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Mango April 14, 2010 @ 1:08 p.m.

The best pancakes I ever ate were in a great mom and pop place called, simply, The Pancake House Restaurant, in El Cajon. The flapjacks in question were actually sweet potato pancakes, that were, as Mary Poppins described herself, “Practically perfect in every way.” The retro style of the place suggests that they’ve been in business for many years. I love those kinds of places, slightly well worn, but always welcoming. They have a pretty big dining room that can accommodate large, after-church breakfast crowds, but it’s still cozy and warm. And they have big comfy booths and Formica tables which are just the right size for spreading out big breakfast plates and the Sunday paper. I was introduced to the Pancake House by a good friend who was moving to Utah. He wanted to take me out to lunch before he left. It turns out that my friend knows the owners, Armin and Carol Salinas and, luckily, Carol was working the register that day. Our lunch date was mid-week, in the middle of winter and it was pouring down rain, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves, although the place is usually hopping on weekends. Carol said the Pancake House had recently celebrated its 44th anniversary. She also told us that they have an all you can eat “family treat” breakfast buffet consisting of scrambled eggs, country potatoes, bacon, sausage and pancakes all for $9.99, every day, an excellent price for a hearty breakfast. They also have an all you can eat fish fry for the same price on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. until closing. Dinner specials range from $3.99 to $6.49 and feature old fashioned comfort favorites such as fried chicken, Salisbury steak, grilled ham, liver and onions, and spaghetti with meat sauce. All the dinner specials are served with soup or salad, potato, vegetable and a dinner roll. For lunch they have a good selection of sandwiches including a patty melt, a tuna melt, a French Dip, a Philly cheesesteak, and, my friend Mr. Carnivore’s favorite, the chicken salad sandwich, which he described as being very moist with lots of chicken. The sandwiches come with coleslaw, which my friend, despite his carnivorous ways, said he especially loves. In my opinion, good coleslaw is one of the simple pleasures of life. And for a wonderful stroll down the culinary memory lane, The Pancake House is one of the few places that still serves a Monte Cristo sandwich! If you’re breakfast minded, you won’t be disappointed. The Pancake House boasts twenty five different omelettes and of course they have plenty of pancakes. They also serve crepes and waffles and pigs in a blanket, plus several Mexican specialties such as machaca con huevos, huevos Monterrey, chorizo con huevos and my personal favorite huevos rancheros. I had a very hard time choosing. Hopefully The Pancake House will be in business for another 44 years so I can go back and try everything.


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