100 Favorite Dishes: No. 75, Pancakes at Fountain View Cafe

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​This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

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The rest of its breakfast is pretty amazing, too.
If Favorite Dishes were decided solely based upon how often I eat them, Fountain View Cafe's pancakes would be much higher on the list. I make a twice-monthly trek out to Fountainview and San Felipe just for the pancakes. In fact, whenever anyone asks me what restaurant has the best pancakes in town, there is absolutely no hesitation when I answer, "Fountain View Cafe. Hands down."

I once called the pancakes here "impossibly thin, straddling the line between pancake and crepe, with lacy, delicate edges and a rich, buttery taste." And the key here is that the pancakes are always this good; the kitchen must have their recipe and technique down to a science. Amazing food plus consistency? There's a reason Fountain View Cafe has been around for as long as it has.

A short stack of two pancakes is usually more than enough for me, thanks to the richness of the things, infused with vanilla and drizzled with sugary syrup (which I dearly wish was actual maple syrup, but that's a battle for another day). A short stack comes with a pat of butter on top, but you won't need it. The pancakes are buttery enough as is, and the perfect end to a long, leisurely breakfast at Fountain View Cafe.

The list so far:

No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe
No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria
No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats
No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe
No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella
No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic
No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo
No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's
No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA
No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño
No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys
No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio
No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19
No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's
No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy
No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe
No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House
No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III
No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia
No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe
No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's
No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe



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Fountain View Cafe

1842 Fountainview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
Mai Pham
Mai Pham

They look so yummy, like crepes, but more sinful. Do they serve during the day, though? I'm so not a morning person. 

csoakley
csoakley

Those are indeed some good pancakes; very similar to how my mom makes them. Next time I go I may have to smuggle in some of my own ingredients to prep them how I like them. Topped with butter, sugar and a few splashes of lemon juice. If they have lemons for the iced tea then I am good to go.

ec
ec

Looks like they forgot the baking powder.  Those are the thinnest pancakes I've seen.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

They are very much like crepes, which is why I like them so much. :D They serve them all day until close, which is 3 p.m.

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