Flapjack Flip-Off IX: Special Hoity-Toity Hotel Edition

Recognized, if not widely, as one of the planet's grandest griddlecake events.

Area 31 at the Epic Hotel receives our esteemed Mrs. B Nothing-to-Be-Ashamed-of Runner-Up Award for its distinctive buttermilk pancakes — so densely buttery and moist one might wonder if flour is even involved in the preparation. A divine, crêpe-like vanilla flavor played delectably well with warm maple syrup and three types of burstingly ripe berries — black, blue, and straw. Organic Guatemalan coffee was potent and piping-hot; the butter and dining room were too chilled (though the latter offers a lovely 16th-story vista). The staff was extremely friendly and efficient, and the price proved reasonable (it was the only place that didn't add gratuity to the bill). Cakes, $10; joe $3; with tax and voluntary 20 percent tip, $16.97.

Joe Rocco

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Eos at Viceroy Hotel

485 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131-2717

Category: Restaurant > Mediterranean

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Vida

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Mid/North Beach

Details

Area 31 at the Epic Hotel: 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 16th Floor, Miami; 305-424-5234; area31restaurant.com. Breakfast daily 7 to 10:30 a.m. Canyon Ranch Grill at Canyon Ranch: 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-7000; canyonranch.com. Breakfast daily 7 to 11 a.m. Eos at the Viceroy: 485 Brickell Ave., 15th Floor, Miami; 305-503-4400; viceroymiami.com. Breakfast daily 7 to 11 a.m. Pool Plaza at the Gansevoort: 2305 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000; gansevoortsouth.com. Breakfast daily 7 to 11:30 a.m. Vida at the Fontainebleau: 4401 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-3241; fontainebleau.com. Breakfast daily 7 to 11 a.m.

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The Mrs. Beeton Flapjack Flip-Off Trophy goes to Eos at the Viceroy. The most gorgeous buttermilk pancakes in Flip-Off memory, they were strikingly striated in golden bronze hues and so puffy that at first glance the trio appeared to be a quintet. Scattered atop the sugar-powdered cakes were caramelized apples, candied walnuts, and rum-macerated raisins; on the side came a tray with maple syrup, softened butter, and rum sabayon that was neither airy nor necessary — but a generous gesture nonetheless. Sumatran coffee, served in a French press pot, was dark, murky, and potent enough to make espresso seem wussy. Perfect. Service was impeccable as well, and the early-morning vista from Eos's 15th-floor terrace was strangely peaceful. Griddlecakes go for $14, coffee is $5, and with tax and 18 percent auto-tip: $24.44. Steep to be sure, but at least the Viceroy can now justify the price by letting guests know these have been deemed the very finest Miami hotel flapjacks money can buy — and they have the Mrs. B to prove it.

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