I have a confession to make. See above. That was brunch yesterday. And I’m not sorry. Of course, I can not conclusively say there was no refined sugar in it, but I have my serious suspicions. However, I have no regrets. Call me a hypocrite, but I am not apologizing. Sometimes you’ve gotta live a little.
You might remember a while back when I ate the Ultimate Hangover Sandwich, also quite out of character, at Mitzi’s Sister on Queen West. It changed my life. Not long after, we spotted a Groupon for Mitzi’s- $15 for $30 worth of food. We snatched it up without thinking twice.
So on Nick’s birthday weekend, after an already indulgent Friday evening and Saturday, we decided to go for it and finish off a delicious weekend with some brunch. I glanced at the menu online before we left and realized there wasn’t exactly many healthy, dairy-free options on the menu, but I remembered back to my last trip to Mitzi’s on College, with Susan, and the incredible pancake she ate.
“Mitzi’s famous oatmeal buttermilk pancake,” the menu read. “See server for this week’s toppings & market price. Served with home fries, fresh fruit, pure maple syrup & fresh whipped cream. $13.50″
As soon as the waitress explained the toppings, “Caramelized bananas with toasted coconut, topped with graham cracker crumble,” I was sold. I don’t usually roll with the cow’s dairy, but I thought a little bit cooked in wouldn’t hurt, and I requested no whipped cream.
Oh. my. gosh.
Foodgasms just looking at it, no?
As big as my head, covered with luscious caramelized bananas, tantalizing toasted coconut and dripping with sweet maple syrup, I took my first bite. The pancake was thick and hearty, but also very light and fluffy with a delicious sweet oatmeal taste. I have never tasted anything like it. It was almost like oatmeal… in a pancake. The toppings were divine, to say the least. The bananas were sweet and caramelized, but not too sweet, and I loved the tropical feel of the toasted coconut and crunchy contrast of the graham crumbles.
I was in foodie heaven. I must admit there was a time or two I thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t be eating this much sugar, I am trying to stay away from it…” and those thoughts were quickly dismissed. This was worth it. Sure, sugar is no good for me, but one pancake isn’t going to kill me. Though, if it did, I can assure you I would have died happy.
All I can say is, get yourself down to 1554 Queen West as soon as possible. Order the pancake. And die happy.
What is your favorite pancake?