Tuesday's Top 10: Best Diner Pancakes


Diners serve up perfect pancakes 24 hours a day!

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Long Islanders have had a long love affair with diners.  The huge menus with all kinds of cuisine at any hour of the day makes them the perfect place to eat day or night.  One of my favorite meals to order is pancakes - an icon diner favorite.  Their other names are griddlecakes, flapjacks and their tinier versions are known as silver dollars. Whatever you like to call them, one thing can be agreed upon by everyone -   they are delicious for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.  The possibilities are endless with the size silver-dollar, short stack, buttermilk, organic, whole wheat, bran, and gluten-free. When you start to consider the multitude of different toppings such as chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, whipped cream, and raisins or the possibilities seem endless.  There are many syrup flavor options too - if there's one thing that hold true about all pancakes, is that this is a versetile meal that can suit the tastebuds of even the pickiest eater. 

Pancakes have been eaten since the beginning of the 17th century.  Shakespeare even mentions them four times in All's Well That Ends Well and As You Like It.  I am sure that they were not exactly the same delicacy that are served up in these top diners, but their legend hasn't faded since those days of yore.

If you're on Long Island, and looking to indulge in this breakfast delicacy, here are some great local diners to check out:

  • Landmark Diner
    1027 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn (516) 627-7010
    Their Hot off the Griddle menu has been served for 45 years.
  • Empress Diner
    2490 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow (516) 796-0858
    This top rated diner will serve you breakfast all day.
  • Oconee East
    749 Main Street, Islip (631) 581-2663
    The friendly staff decorates the diner for every holiday.  Their pancakes will melt in your mouth.
  • Plainview Diner
    1094 Old Country Road, Plainview (516) 822-0766
    The diner was just redecorated and their pancakes are to die for!
  • Premier Diner
    690 Commack Road, Commack (631) 462-0886
    Their pancakes are fluffy and delicious.
  • Lake Grove Diner
    2211 Nesconset Highway, Lake Grove (631) 471-5370
    The Nutella pancakes are perfect at any time of the day or night.
  • Sweet Hollow Diner
    100 Broadhollow Road, Melville (631) 549-0768
    Stop in for their spectacular pancakes and breakfast specials.
  • Millennium Diner
    156 E. Main Street, Smithtown (631) 724-5556
    Listen to your favorite songs on the juke box while eating delicious pancakes.
  •  Parade Diner
    7980 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury (516) 364-1870
    This iconic diner has been serving Woodbury for over 40 years.  The Golden Brown Griddle Cakes are must-haves.
  • Omega Diner
    1809 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park (516)  354-4666
    The Pancakes Deluxe ala Omega are pancakes topped with one egg, bacon, ham and sausage.  Yum!


We'd love to hear about your favorite pancake palace on Long Island.com Forum  Also, what time of day to they taste the most delicious?