A Sunday Affair: Back to Mitzi's

by Kris on January 24, 2011 · 9 comments

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?


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Susan January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

THIS is my favourite pancake!! I think I am going back for brunch this Sunday just to get it again. In fact, pretty sure I spent a good chunk of Saturday night telling my friends they had to come to Mitzi’s with me to get the best pancake in the whole entire world. So happy you went back to try it!

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

They are THE best pancake!! I’m so happy I went back too!!

Gillian January 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

Weekends are for pleasure eating. This pancake looks diiivviiine. You and Nick should come over one day and I’ll make my gluten free pan-crepes. I call them that because they’re smaller than pancakes. Basically a Bob Red Mill’s mix thinned out a bit with fun things added! This was a delicous, chocolate filled fun weekend for me!

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Can we come over tomorrow?? ;) Those sound amazing! We definitely need to do brunch one day! xo

Savvy January 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This. looks. fantastic. Fantastic. I am taking Andrew here next weekend! You and Nick should come double with us :D

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Ahh I would love to! But we are in Sarnia next weekend :( Soon though, for sure!! xo

Jessy (squeezetheday) January 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

That pancake looks super delicious! It looks so dark and thick, wow! Do you have any idea what might be the secret to it or what it might include?

Pancakes/crepes have actually always been a favourite of mine. When I was little, I always ate them with Nutella. I’m so glad I discovered Susan’s recipe a few months ago, so now I can enjoy them in a healthy way. In fact, I actually just had them two mornings in a row, lol – with blueberries and quark. Yum!

Kristin January 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

I have a suspicion it is ground oats, mixed with buttermilk, some flour and maybe eggs or some baking powder to make it rise, and I think they probably cook it in a small pan in the oven, then sear on the stove (or vice versa)… I’m going to try to replicate it myself but we’ll see!


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