Brian’s 24, “The restaurant that never sleeps”. This restaurant was in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, and we were intrigued by their website so we decided to check it out.
On their menu, breakfast is served 24/7, which is great! There are several “hotcake” options. In addition, there are also waffles and french toast. I decided to go for the Chocolate Chip Hotcakes. In the description, it reads, “Chocolate for breakfast? Heck yeah!”– which is pretty much a motto I live my life by. It came with three hotcakes.
** SIDEBAR: What is the difference between pancakes, hotcakes, flapjacks, griddle cakes, batter cakes, etc. etc.??? After a quick search in Google trends, it turns out that the term “pancake” is most popular worldwide, far above that of flapjack, hotcake or griddle cake. I noticed on the graph, there was a huge spike in searches for “pancake” on dates in February and early March in every year. I thought, “Hmmm, that seems especially close to Fat Tuesday.” After another couple minutes of research, I got to the bottom of the mystery. The spike in searches for “pancake” did in fact correlate directly with the dates of Fat Tuesday before Lent begins every year. Turns out, “Shrove Tuesday”, as it is referred to in Commonwealth countries, is a day where pancakes are typically consumed as an indulgence before Lent begins. Ha! So there you go. That being said, I will typically refer to them as pancakes, unless the menu specifically calls them something different. But c’mon world…. It’s “pancake”.
Anywho, how were the chocolate chip pancakes? Well, they were huge.
Now here is a picture of the pancakes and my hand:
And there were three of them! They tasted great though. Very fluffy, and a good chocolate taste. The chips were in the batter, and they didn’t overdo it with extra chocolate syrup on top (a common mistake). I like when it still tastes like pancake but has a bit of chocolate in there too. I don’t like when it’s drowned in chocolate.
The syrup was a technical pour, and tasted good as well. Nothing special there. They served butter as a little blob in a cup on top. Given the size and number of the pancakes, it was a stretch to make this much butter work. They could have given a little more.
Colin and I both drank coffee, as usual. What were Colin’s Coffee Comments?
Here is how much I ended up eating of those pancakes… Not even half-way through!! I’d recommend sharing these with a fellow pancake lover if you go with friends or family.
Restaurant Summary Notes:
- Overall Pancake Rating: 9 out of 11 Brian’s. Points off for size… just too big for one person!
- Fork test: Pass
- Bacon: Good
- Butter: Whipped butter blob- but not enough
- Syrup Delivery Method: Technical pour
- Syrup Taste: Good
- Website: http://www.brians24.com/