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The Original Pancake House
May 3: The recently-opened Original Pancake House in White Plains might be a bit misleading. It’s not original in and of itself since it’s part of a chain. But that’s ok, the WBC still gave them a try. Sylvia opted for the basic two-by-four (two eggs and four pancakes); Jeffrey sampled the coconut pancakes. The food was fine, what you’d expect from a chain, but in our never ending quest for great maple syrup with pancakes, we were disappointed to find the run-of-the mill corn-syrupy syrup on the table. Alas. But, we appreciated the attentive, friendly service. Stop in for a quick morning meal before running errands or taking the kids to their weekend game.
May 18: The Prime is a basic American restaurant in Hastings, and it seems breakfast and brunch is not necessarily their strong suit (yet). There were a few missteps the morning the WBC visited. Sylvia’s egg white omelette with spinach and goat cheese was unbalanced—way more spinach than cheese; the mixed greens came bare with no offer of dressing; and the toast promised on the menu was nowhere to be found. Reid’s pretzel bun burger and Jeffrey’s French toast were generic—nothing bad, but nothing wonderful. Prime seems to be a better choice for lunch or dinner.
June 6: Bareburger opened in Hartsdale earlier this year. Since then they’ve had a steady lunch and dinner service. This is a chain that offers organic, high-quality ingredients, so when we saw that they also offer breakfast, we had high hopes. Finally, we discovered a chain that provides a morning meal that matches the quality of their lunch/dinner offerings. Bareburger wins points with unique offerings like carrot cake French toast. And for a savory options, you’ll find large breakfast sandwiches filled with maple breakfast sausage, eggs, a choice of cheese—served on luscious multi-grain bread and grilled nicely. Savory choices come served with generously-cut sweet potato wedges. The Hungry Bear breakfast provides you with several items on a single plate. Bareburger is a nice option when you’re hungry for a basic meal but want to try something other than your local diner.
June 22: Grenadine was one of the local crepe establishments covered by Shelley in an article for LoHud last year. It’s a small space on Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry, simply decorated with black, red, and white. You’ll find solid savory and sweet crepe offerings, served in either a buckwheat or regular crepe. You can’t go wrong with a Nutella crepe.
June 29: Fontina was definitely the standout brunch of May and June. Ever thought of putting ingredients like grape jelly on a pizza? Well, Fortina has, with great results. The grilled mortadella pancakes are a couple of maple syrup infused pancakes on top of a grilled slice of mortadella and all topped with spicy mayo, fried eggs, provolone, and arugula. Is your mouth watering yet? The balance of sweet and spicy was perfect. The bacon, egg, and cheese pizza is accented with grape jelly, and all on Fontina’s wonderful pizza crust. Fontina offers a Brooklyn vibe not readily found in Westchester. Go for a unique, hip brunch.