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Posted on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Flipping fluffy flapjacks at Nick's Original House of Pancakes in Ann Arbor

By Melanie Maxwell

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We've already shown you how to fry up the perfect bacon and crack open the ideal egg, but breakfast is not complete without a side of hot, buttery and delicious pancakes.

Hungry yet?

We met up with chef Denny Hines of Nick's Original House of Pancakes, at 3030 Lohr Circle in Ann Arbor, for a few pro tips on how to make them fluffy, light and perfect.

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Danielle Arndt

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

Alright, Mel, I'm pretty sad my choice of chocolate chips did not make the poll! But, side note, the Bomber in Ypsi has awesome peanut butter chip pancakes — so far my favorite in Washtenaw County.


Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 3:16 a.m.

What is up with most restaurants having no real maple syrup available? At least they could have a stash available for those of us willing to pay an extra dollar or two for half a cup.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 7:36 p.m.

I'm not a fan of Nick's pancakes we've gone there 3 or 4 different times & each time someone in our party orders the pancakes & they are dry & not appetizing. I guess we're just used to eating the delicious, fluffy goodness of Uptown's pancakes.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

Does nick's by any chance have buckwheat pancakes? anybody?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

I don't recall seeing them.

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:55 p.m.

Interesting note on the pancake toppings: I picked maple syrup, but when I was in Amsterdam last year I ordered a pancake with cheese and bacon on it. Totally different but absolutely incredible. It was just a big thin pancake with bacon and cheese and deliciousness. When I make my pancakes at home now, I've done that on occasion. Highly recommended, if you're feeling adventurous.


Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

Unfortunately they don't serve maple syrup there. I asked.

Jessica Webster

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

Funny you should mention that, Kyle Feldscher:

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:50 p.m.

When I was little my parents used to make us pancakes shaped like a bear. They used a metal stencil-like form with a wooden handel and poured the batter into it! Does anyone make creative pancake shapes at home? Are there any good tricks, perhaps using a washed out ketchup bottle?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

Does that stack of pancakes come with the thumb?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

They wear food service gloves when not demonstrating a recipe.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

Right, Melanie. And the technique he demonstarted (which appears to be one for keeping them on the plate) wouldn't be a habitual one, would it? It seemed to come pretty naturally, though I am speculating, of course.

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

Hi @mabb & @DBH, Chef Hines made the order as a demonstration for the video. I believe he disposed of them when were finished as I doubt a diner would want to be served cold, pre-syruped pancakes!


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 4:37 p.m.

Yep, health violation right there. I'll pass on Nick's and make mine at home, thank you very much.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

This reminded me of a creation my friends and I stumbled upon while on a camping trip: The "Pabst". A sandwich made of Two pancakes, avocado slices, bacon, syrup, and a slice of tomato. To wash it down...a PBR.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Don't knock it til you try it mady, it's like a BLT, but sweeter.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 3:10 p.m.



Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

I like Nick's. I go there every other weekend. BUT, it is dusty. Nick's need to do some housecleaning and dusting.

Sarah Rigg

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:33 p.m.

I know it's hard to believe, but some people like "regular" Mrs. Butterworth type syrup over maple. It boggles my mind, but apparently they exist. Fresh fruit jam is good on pancakes, too.

Danielle Arndt

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

I must admit, I am sadly one of those Mrs. Butterworth lovers! I wish it weren't so because I know it's awful for me with all the sugar and high fructose corn syrup. But I don't like the maple flavor of real maple syrup. Too intense. I love Mrs. B's!


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:18 p.m.

Once you get beyond the pancakes, you'll discover some pretty nice egg based dishes, too.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:52 p.m.

I was just there the other day and had some 'wild west' thing, can't remember the exact name but it was spicy with Andouille sausage and some veggies in the egg on top of some potatoes. It exceeded my expectations, very very good.

Joanne Scharich

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2 p.m.

Agreed. I have to watch my carbs and I don't eat pancakes anymore -- but I enjoy Nick's omelets!


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

Nicks is very good - but they raised prices quite a bit recently - eggs, coffee, meat and specialty pancake combo for 2 now with tip cost $30. There are many options for teh same for much less.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

Keep up the great work over there, Nick!!