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at Walker Bros. Pancake House in Highland Park, IL.
Walker Bros. Pancake House is a legendary chain of pancake houses on the North Shore of Chicago. The proof? I recently watched the movie "Mean Girls", which featured Lindsay Lohan before she got into trouble (I miss the old Lindsay Lohan), and I was surprised to hear a reference to Walker Bros. in one of the scenes. Hey, if you make it to the movies, you know you're famous.
The Walker Bros. in Highland Park is a rather attractive restaurant. The interior is paneled in wood with old-style light fixtures, Tiffany glass, and plush furnishings. The vestibule is roped off and designed for a lengthy queue, which means the folks at Walker Bros. must be accustomed to feeding a large volume of people. It reminds me of the setup at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. (I definitely have to go to Knott's during my vacation!) Part of the restaurant is enclosed in glass - like an atrium - which brings a lot of light into the space. I particularly liked the small details, such as the specially printed napkins which read "Happy Holidays from Walker Bros. Pancake House."
What I ate:
1. Thick-sliced Bacon (3.95 USD): Walker Bros. "special recipe" bacon. This bacon was thick-cut which is why it was crispy yet meaty at the same time. It was the best bacon I had in a long time. Absolutely moreish. (I wish I had made use of the extra maple syrup and dipped some of my bacon into it.)
2. Swedish pancakes (7.95 USD): Authentic lacy delicacies served with imported Swedish lingonberries and whipped butter. I don't know if "Swedish" is just another name for crêpe or if the Swedes just make pancakes in this manner, but these Swedish pancakes sure did seem like oversize crêpes to me (not a bad thing). Spread with lingonberries and whipped butter and rolled up, the Swedish pancakes were quite delicious, especially the crispy ends. The lingonberries - like a jam - and whipped butter are shown below:
3. Orange Juice (large, 3.95 USD): Freshly squeezed daily. The orange juice was certainly freshly squeezed and tasted good. Four bucks for 12 oz. though? Ehhh ...
I was a bit disappointed with the service. There wasn't anything vital that was lacking, however, I felt that our server could have been more congenial.
I thought about ordering an egg or two, but I thought 1.50 USD for one egg was a bit too much.
The Bill: 17.28 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (good). The food and setting were very good, however, service and cost outweighed the positives. Open every day, 7 AM to 9:30 PM. Credit cards accepted. www.walkerbros.net
The Last Word ... I'm counting the days until my return to Southern California.
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