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Griddle Me This: Find Out Who Serves the Best Pancakes

This week, our taster tries flapjacks at three Lincoln-Way restaurants. Whose stack did she flip for?

For me, pancakes are the side and never the main event. So this week, I'm pitting three restaurants' two-cake stacks of basic buttermilk pancakes against each other as they come with the entree: no blueberries, chocolate chips or whipped cream here.

Also, I'm not judging the quality and taste of the syrup, as all three places seem to use a standard pancake (not actual maple) syrup, of which I use little, if any.

, 11400 Lincoln Hwy., Mokena

The pancakes at Double Yolk were light (in both color and texture) and fluffy. Although they weren't raw in the middle, they were darn close, and because they were so soft, the second the butter and syrup hit them they became mushy.

The good: Large, tasty pancakes were beautifully presented, including a dusting of powdered sugar.

The bad: They could have stood another minute on the griddle.

, 20594 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

The pancakes at Lumes were less impressive in appearance than Double Yolk, although they also were dusted with powdered sugar; they just couldn't compete with Double Yolk's fluffiness. Unfortunately, the powdered sugar contributed to the pancakes's chalky texture. 

The good: Good pancakes served with remarkable speed and chipper service.

The bad: A slightly chalky texture was a minor turnoff.

, 426 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

The pancakes at Mattina were lightly cooked and not dusted with powdered sugar, but the adorable purple plate they were served on more than made up for the lack in the presentation's appeal. 

The good: Delicately textured and flavored pancakes.

The bad: Even without powdered sugar or syrup, Mattina's pancakes are a bit too far on the sweet side.

WINNER: Double Yolk's pancakes. Although they were a bit underdone for my taste, their fluffiness and taste indicate the best batter recipe of the three.

Looking for local eats? Do you disagree with our taster? Head  over to your local Patch Places food and dining directory. Find new spots, read reviews and even post a your own reviews on the profile pages.

Next week, while it's still a bit nippy, we're trying soups. Who has the best soup in the area? We're open to any variety: broth or cream based soups, chowders, even bisques. Just please, no split pea! Is there a place you've been curious about in Frankfort, Mokena or New Lenox, but want us to be your guinea pig? Commenting below automatically enters you to win a $50 gift card to a featured restaurant.

Michael Sewall April 11, 2011 at 07:13 AM
Hey Nicole, you won the random drawing for commenting on this week's Chowdown Showdown. That means you will be one of four finalists in another random drawing at the end of this month to win a $50 gift card. To everyone else who commented -- thank you for reading, and make sure to check out the latest Chowdown for another chance at the $50 gift card!
Eileen Bettenhausen April 11, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Best soup of any kind is at Country Charm in New Lenox.
Nikki Sanders April 18, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Best Soup: French Onion soup at Tom Kelly's (behind Jewel in New Lenox). Classic and excellent. Best Pancakes: Cherry Hill Cafe - on Rt 30, west side of New Lenox. (I prefer thir Pecan Pancakes.)
PrettyAuntPatti May 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Abolsutely Chef Klaus' Country Kitchen is our favorite for breakfast - when they serve the wheat pancakes with homemade cinammon butter, you cannot get any better than that!
Eileen Bettenhausen May 12, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I agree with Nicolle Yaz Country Charm By far. Might I suggest if you ever try pancakes instead of trying regulas ones Try the German Pancakes, they are not like regular ones and are baked in a cast iron pan served with lemon and powder sugar do not use syrup.

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