Monday, January 24, 2011

Walker Brothers

I love American breakfast foods, but I've always preferred savory items (eggs benedict being my heavily favored preference). Free side orders of pancakes were often ignored. In fact, I usually request toast instead. But our friends recently told us to pay attention to Walker Brother's pancakes, because they're different, and they're delicious. I also stumbled upon a foodie site that talked about the beauty of their pancakes. I took these as signs to check it out ASAP.

I did a quick search on Yelp, and noticed the one in Wilmette is the Original one that many reviewers claimed is also the Best. We happened to be in Wilmette. This location is on GREEN BAY ROAD (we're Packers fans, a day away from NFC Championship versus the Bears at the time). There couldn't have been more signs that pointed us towards this establishment, on that day.

There were so much food on this menu that I was stressed out for 15 minutes or so. I went from contemplating which pancake from their pancake section... to ordering an omelette & crepe because they were also raved about, AND they came with 2 different types of pancake on the side.
Oven-Baked Omelettes: Three farm-style Grade AA eggs blended until light and fluffy, combined with the freshest fillings to make our omelettes a rare treat. Our cheeses are natural, not processed, and crafted by Wisconsin cheesemakers. All omelettes are served with three buttermilk pancakes, whipped butter and syrup.

Gourmet Feta cheese, fresh spinach, tomatoes, onions, oregano and Kalamata olives

We loved perfectly browned exterior and fluffy, moist center. The ingredients were all fresh. I think the flavor of the feta took too much away from the eggs, so I'd actually want to order a plain egg with lighter ingredients next time (veggie, or maybe just spinach?) But the Bob loved this combination.

Plain ole buttermilk pancakes weren't plain at all. Light, slightly chewy, perfectly flavored & cooked. The 'good' maple syrup & butter matched it well.
Fresh spinach blended with aged Cheddar cheese & minced onions and topped with hollandaise sauce. Served with three crisp potato pancakes (
Jumbo Idaho’s freshly ground and transformed into crisp, lacy treats. Served with applesauce or sour cream)

Crepes were also lightly sweetened, with a perfect texture. The thick amount of melted cheddar & hollandaise may have seemed overly creamy, but it didn't feel heavy. The crisp potato pancakes were a crispier version of hash browns.

Fresh-squeezed OJ & Kona Coffee were both delicious.

We loved this place. Portions are BIG (tho we finished it ALL). 3 people sharing what we ordered would've been perfect.

I really, really want to go back to try their '49er's flapjacks', described as 'chewey-gooey, thin pancakes' and 'dutch baby' - smaller version of German pancake. MMM!!!

Walker Bros Original Pancake House - Wilmette
153 Green Bay Rd. (847) 251-6000

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