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The Griddle Cafe
The Griddle Cafe

The Griddle Cafe

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7916 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377
http://www.thegriddlecafe.com/
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The signature red velvet pancake has proved so popular that it's now exported as a mix by mail order. Visitors to LA and locals still flock here every day for a stack of decadent pancakes or french ... Read more
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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Pancakes the size of hubcaps, amazing coffee prepared in a French press for each table, and awesome atmosphere make this an incredible brunch spot!

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Miami, Florida, USA

This is a very fun and excellent breakfast spot right off sunset Blvd and has some amazing options for pancakes and French toast. Massive portions as well.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This place is a tourist trap but also offers just plain ol' good breakfast. They are known for their massive pancakes with crazy toppings. There's almost always a line here too.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

We came here because they had some unique and interesting sounding pancakes. Little did we know that their pancakes are bigger than the plates they are served on, and you get two. I think I ended up eating about a third of mine before I had to give in and admit that food won here--it wasn't even a contest. And the cakes were good, too.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Oh my god the best pancakes EVER - line is worth the wait. I'm talking red velvet cupcake pancakes, what ever you can dream of they make it! And they're huge so take home half for later. I'd say go at 11:30 when the line dies down.

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Local from West Covina

Food was so sweet. I've never had a piece of toast that has so much sugar. It is a pretty small palce so expect a wait.

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Mexico City, Mexico

This is by far, my favorite breakfast (hotcakes) restaurant in the world, every time I am in town I go, all is good and the portions are unbelievable! Try the pumpkin spice ones if you are in season, they are just fantastic!

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Incredible breakfasts...across from Coffee Tea and Bean...very busy on weekends...huge portions...great prices...very very popular...You can walk here...on Sunset

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I've been to the griddle cafe a couple times now and have left satisfied each time. I've had their griddle cakes and French toast- both are amazing. And their burgers are pretty good too. I have yet to try their scrambles but they look amazing and judging by the amount of people that I see ordering them, I'm sure they taste just as good.

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Phoenix

A great place to get some breakfast. For tourists it's right down the street from Hollywood boulevard.

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Local from Los Angeles

I wish I could go here more BUT THE LINE IS FOREVER LONG. So clearly the food is delicious. The pancakes are HUGE and just amazing. If you can wait in line for an hour, then go no where else for breakfast.

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Local from Los Angeles

Best breakfast in LA. Just REALLY long wait for a table! The wait staff is great too!

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New York City, New York State, USA

Jump-start your day here on Sunset Boulevard with what Griddle Café calls “over-sized originals.” It serves a variety of hotcakes (batter calling for corn rather than flour), flapjacks (starch-based batter cooked on a griddle), and old-fashioned pancakes. The dozens of pancake recipes alone call for everything from bittersweet chocolate chips to red velvet to pumpkin pie filling. The Golden Ticket is the most popular stack: a banana batter hits the griddle, with caramel, walnuts, and streusel ladled in as it cooks. It’s topped with whipped cream, caramel, and more streusel (you can never have too much streusel).

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One word for this place: AMAZING. Best known for its pancakes and french toast, this is truly one of the food highlights of LA. My roommate and I got there around 10 am on a friday morning, so we didn't have a problem with parking, and our wait time was only about 10 min. But the place was PACKED. And I mean, you can barely hear the person in front of you. Service was good considering the location and amount of people there.
I ordered an egg and hashbrown meal, and it was okay. Nothing to call home about. But my roommate ordered the cheesecake frenchtoast, and it was the best french toast I'd ever eaten. That's why this place gets 4 stars. Only order their specialties (mistake on my end) because they're awesome.
Also, come during a non-peak time in order to avoid long waits and a hunt for parking. Will definitely return and highly recommended!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Delicious place to get brunch on the weekends if you're ready to wait a long time. Besides prime brunch time on the weekends, the wait isn't too long. You just have to get lucky I guess. They're known for the giant sized pancakes. When I say giant, I mean 3 times your face giant. I could never finish a stack. This would be a must share. Their egg plates are all really good! Big portions too. And their toasts are to die for. The seating is a bit crowded. If you don't mind making new friends really quickly, I would suggest this place. Overall, good experience.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Giant giant pancakes is the one thing i can say about this place. They have a huge variety of pancakes. Lots of breakfast items and its great to share with each other on it. We had a party of 5 and got three dishes and still couldnt finish all the food. We got the hear me roar pancakes, chicago style scrampled eggs, and chocolate french toast which i liked the best.

Be sure to come early and wait like an hour in line but you get 3hr parking stamp. You can park for free behind rite aid.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Not much too add after 30 reviewers have previously posted. Street parking, with a few stalls outback in the alley. Portions are ginormous and prices are fantastic.
I just wanted to bump bump bump!

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Local from Santa Monica, California, USA

Major hangover food!

Had a crazy night on the sunset strip? Feeling like vodka and you are not on speaking terms anymore?

Time to soak up with pancakes the size of your head (or waffles, or french toast). Wonderful combinations, with so many you'd probably get dizzier than you already are. Attempt to leave with a finished plate and you'll need a wheelbarrow to push you back to your car. Split with a friend, get some eggs, you'll be back to your normal, non-hungover self in no time!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Finally got a chance to try Griddle Cafe. I have heard many great things about their red velvet pancakes that I decided I wanted to try it for myself.

My boyfriend and I got there around 12 and the line was incredibly long. I wasn't sure if I had to wait in line (it was an orderly line and not just crowds of people at the doorway) or put my name down. Turns out you go inside and put your name down and they will line you up by the order of the names on the list. The lines were separated into party of twos and party of threes (or more). I waited for almost an hour. The food better be delicious.

It's a very small cafe with very low lighting. A lot is going on and there isn't much room to move around as the tables are jammed up next to one another. There's a big U-bend that is crowded with people, too. My boyfriend and I were lucky to get a table, but the noise level was so loud that we could barely talk to each other. This isn't the place to go if you're looking for a nice romantic date. This is more for a eat the food and get out place.

My boyfriend ordered the Omelette "My Soul" and added an extra of sausages while I ordered the red velvet pancakes with a side of Griddle potatoes. Shouldn't have gotten the extras as the two dishes were already a lot of food. Like another reviewer had mentioned, these red velvet pancakes are sweet, especially because of the cream on top. I took a chance and ordered it even though I prefer savory breakfast foods to sweet. I did end up regretting it. After taking a few bites of the pancakes and then digging into the potatoes, I didn't even look at the pancake again.

The pancakes are delicious and very soft. I wouldn't say they're out of this world, but they are a little better than normal pancakes (probably because they're red and just something you don't get anywhere else). They have the slightest taste of red velvet batter, but the cream on top made it much more sweet. I only finished 1/4 of it and the rest of the pancake is still sitting in my fridge as I type. I also saw many of the three stack pancakes being tossed out, looking like it hadn't even been eaten at all. Yikes. I would have to say that ordering savory seems to be the better choice.

My boyfriend's Omelette was really good. It had a lot on the plate - steak, cream cheese, avocado, potatoes, sourdough bread ... he couldn't even finish. So the extra sausage (while good) was not a good decision. I definitely recommend the "My Soul" omelette! Orange juice was super expensive - $5 for a very slender glass.

I am glad I got a chance to try this place out once. The servers and the host are really nice, but it is so busy during the brunch hours that they hardly have time to be anything more than polite. The ambiance isn't that great, and I honestly don't think I will come back unless I am in the area. It isn't worth the +30 minute drive and the +30 minute wait in line.

tl;dr good place for savory brunch, but would pass if not on my way; pricey - maybe waffles would be a better choice than the red velvet pancakes?

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

DELICIOUS. Biggest pancakes ever. Make sure you go early to reserve a spot. Because it's super good and super popular!

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