is here. Leading up to publication, Short Order each
day has highlighted one of the five unwitting contestants.
Today: THE WINNER!
The winning griddlecakes were found stacked in the sky: Our 10th Annual Mrs. Beeton Flapjack Flip-Off Trophy is proudly presented to Sky Grille,
located on the 11th floor of the Miami Tower. Aramark Food Services has
run the breakfast/lunch cafeteria for years, but who knew the outfit
made such impeccable pancakes? Fluffiest by far, the finely crumbed
cakes were richly bronzed in color and served straight off the grill.
Beautiful. So was service, or shall we say "self-service," for you grab
a tray, march to the station of your choice, and politely ask breakfast
chef Joaquin to prepare whatever. Pancakes are sold by the piece, just
$1.29 each -- the best Flip-Off deal of this or any other year. The
"double black, double caffeine" joe, one of a few Java City coffees
lined up in large dispensers, packs a jolly jolt -- extra points for
offering choice of milk or half-and-half. Peerless accommodations
encompass a wide array of plush seats with panoramic views of downtown
Miami. Outdoor patio tables offer the same vista, but alongside ponds
and fronds. We shaved a couple of points off for very weak
maple-flavored syrup, but otherwise this was an impressive victory. One
can only hope the Miami Tower folks acknowledge the honor by lighting
up their three-tiered building in the luscious hues of pancake, maple
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syrup, and butter. These colors really do meld together quite
pleasingly. Two pancakes, $2.58; coffee, $1.69. Total: $4.27.
100 SE Second St., 11th Floor, Miami