In an effort to make mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a weekly review of local breakfast spots.
This week: Butterfield's Pancake House
A little bit sunny retro, a little bit traditional diner, this Scottsdale café is cheery and welcoming establishment. Our server was friendly, but not the kind of friendly that makes you want to punch someone in the face for talking to you so loudly at six in the morning. So far, so good.
How were the pancakes? Find out after the jump.
Alarm Clock: Arrived at 6:43 a.m. and was promptly presented with coffee and water; 6:48: ordered; 6:55: food arrived hot. 7:04: bill politely dropped while we were still eating; 7:10: out the door. Total time: 27 minutes.
The Sunny Side: Holy pancakes! We ordered the multigrain cakes with bananas and pecans, which came out hot, floppy and beautifully prepared. The texture was buttery, thick and soft -- like biting into a fresh oatmeal cookie. The slightly salty pecans perfectly complemented the bananas, which were baked into the cakes as well as scattered on top. We topped the masterpiece with a drizzle of syrup--not too sweet--which quickly melted into the flapjack.
There are three different cake options: buttermilk, multigrain and gluten-free. From there patrons can choose to top pancakes with fresh fruit or sweets. The entire menu features nutritious ingredients and recipes, and there is also a low-cal section.
Where diners are concerned, we typically expect the coffee to taste like mud and the espresso to taste like metal. Anything different is always a pleasant surprise. Butterfield's coffee was smooth, dark and drinkable and the espresso was, surprisingly, really good.
The Rotten Eggs: The basics are also important. Although the egg specialties looked tasty (note to self: try the Eggs Benedict next time) the basic egg plate was over-shadowed by the pancakes. The hash browns were flavorless and soft and the over-easy eggs were bland and rubbery.
The Check: Go big. Go for the pancakes. Skip the basic two-egg breakfast.