100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 86, Pancakes at Union Kitchen

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
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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Just look at them, for God's sake. What else do I need to say?

There's no such thing as a "short stack" here. Union Kitchen's pancakes come in one size -- immense -- and one flavor -- wonderful. With each order, you'll get seven of these fluffy, golden, nutty, buttery rounds of deliciousness and you'll like it. The only minor complaint I have is that I wish Union Kitchen had real maple syrup to pour on top instead of maple-flavored sugar water.

On the other hand, that's why God made purses and Ziploc baggies. So if you see a woman smuggling maple syrup out of her purse this weekend, look away because I'm about to embarrass myself by eating a few plates of these all at once. They're shamefully delicious.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño

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Location Info

Union Kitchen

12538 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Urban Swank
Urban Swank

Once we got a stack that wasn't lukewarm, they were pretty tasty. Our first order of cold pancakes came equipped with cold butter and cold syrup. They quickly replaced them with a plate that suited us very well; although we had to ask for warm butter. We still wished they had hot/warm syrup though; that makes a huge difference. The pancakes themselves were great. ~ UG


what's the place that has the really thin pancakes that i remember you raving about?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Cold pancakes, cold butter AND cold syrup? A trifecta of offensiveness. Sorry to hear that happened.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Those are still the top entry in my own personal Pancake Hall of Fame.

Eric S
Eric S

If you had dared besmirch the reputation of Fountain View Cafe, I would have called you something inappropriate. 

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