Flapjack Flip-Off VI

A quintet of unwitting participants grapple for the Holy Grail of griddlecakes: the Mrs. Beeton Flapjack Flip-Off Trophy

The Not-So-Original Sin Award goes to the Eleventh Street Diner in South Beach for its use of Aunt Jemima "Original Syrup" — caramel-color corn fructose without even the pretense of fake maple flavoring. Flapjacks were large and puffy, if a little dry, with this year's highest FSF: a very hot 9. Judges, though, were repulsed by an overwhelming cluster of canned blueberry filling in the middle of each cake, which made the stack more like blueberry pie with pancake crust. Lack of garnish did not go unnoticed. Big two-stack (which constitutes a full order) with so-so joe, tax, slack service, and automatic fifteen percent tip: $12.76.

The What Kind of Crêpe Is This? Award is bestowed upon the Daily Creative Food Co. — a new casual-fast breakfast-and-lunch spot on Biscayne Boulevard — in honor of it setting a new flapjack record: slimmest pancakes ever served. Yet very tasty! Like thick crêpes, they were richly flavored with eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla — phony maple syrup was not needed at all. Big points for being the only contestant to use real blueberries, and a solid FSF of 8: After placing my order at the counter, flapjacks were brought hot to the table by one of the cooks (bonus points for that personal touch). Caveat: Only regular pancakes are listed on the giant menu posted up front, so you must request the berries — but the staff always has them on hand and is happy to oblige. Three-stack, jolting cup of java, tax, tip: $8.50. Best jack for the buck.

The Mrs. Beeton Flapjack Flip-Off Trophy is presented to ... tum, tum, TUM, tum ... Green Street Café in Coconut Grove. Outside seating was pleasant as can be, service was stellar, the coffee sublime. Pancakes were the thickest, softest, moistest, and tastiest, scored an FSF of 8, and came with a conservative yet nutritionally sensible orange wedge garnish and foil-wrapped Land O'Lakes butter pats. Lack of fresh blueberries seemed the only miscue, but berries were drained of syrup and properly proportioned to batter. And then a plastic bottle of mapleless "pancake syrup" came to the table. Judges were flabbergasted; it was like watching Michelle Kwan skating a perfect 10 and then purposefully doing a belly flop on her last jump. Still, the flapjacks were fantastic, and in light of the less-than-inspired competition, Green Street is this year's undisputed champion. Four-stack, coffee, tax, and automatic fifteen percent gratuity: $10.60. (Two-stack would be $1.50 less.)

JOE ROCCO

Location Info

Map

Cafeteria

546 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2914

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Eleventh Street Diner

1065 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

JJ's American Diner

1450 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33146

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Cafeteria, 546 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach; 305-672-3663. Open 24 hours daily.
The Daily Creative Food Co., 2001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-573-4535. Open Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Eleventh Street Diner, 1065 Washington Ave, Miami Beach; 305-534-637 Open 24 hours daily.
Green Street Café, 3110 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 305-567-0662. Open Sunday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
JJ’s American Diner, 1450 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables; 305-669-2698. Open Monday through Wednesday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday 24 hours.

Thank you all for attending. Next year, God willing, bananas.

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