For a variety of reasons, all pandemic related, the pancakes needed to be takeout and I couldn’t even bring them to the beach to eat them.
J Nichols Kitchen, in Marina del Rey, serves a menu item called “Pork & Pancakes” that I had to have. Described as “pancakes layered with house-smoked bbq pork, maple pecan butter, and a sunny side up egg” this seemed like the perfect excessive way to celebrate my second year in LA. Also, I learned nothing from my previous piled-high meal.
For a variety of reasons, all pandemic related, the pancakes needed to be takeout and I couldn’t even bring them to the beach to eat them. This was probably for the best because who likes sandy pancakes? Takeout pancakes are risky. The temperature is no longer perfect once you get home to eat them. You may have to re-plate them for photos. Pancake life is tough.
The pancakes themselves were great. The mouthfeel was an explosion of taste in all the right ways. They were fluffy and buttery rich. The house-smoked bbq pork was delicious. The egg…was an egg.
It was all too much for a pancake, or three small but hefty pancakes. I ended up scraping off the bbq pork and eating it separately. There was enough for a whole second meal. I thought there was too much bbq sauce and scraped that off as well, to a small abandoned pile on my plate.
The lesson here is that just because you can top your pancake (or waffle) with every fucking thing you want, doesn’t mean you should.
JUST THE STACKS – 8/10 TASTY STACKS
Overall Taste: There’s no denying these pancakes were excellent.
Mouthfeel: Pretty damn good, see “explosion of taste” comment above.
Size: Pancakes were appropriately sized for their richness, though there was too much bbq pork and sauce on top of them.
Presentation: Meaty and messy.