Sole Food: a Visit to Slappy Cakes
Happy slappy pancake deliciousness. It’s National Pancake Day, and what better way to celebrate than to make your mouth water over delicious pancakes!
Slappy Cakes is a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Portland that allows patrons to cook their own pancakes right at the table. The food is organic, fresh, and most of it is grown locally. I first read about Slappy Cakes on Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog. I passed on the info to my best friend in Portland, and we decided it was a must-eat. After all, we love breakfast food! I flew out to Portland recently, and the next morning we decided that Slappy Cakes would be perfect for Sunday brunch. The problem? Sunday brunch + Valentine’s Day = An extremely long wait. It’s obviously a very popular breakfast place in Portland, and it’s dining room isn’t very large. So, we rescheduled for Thursday morning, and I have to say it was well worth the wait.
My friend and I both have design backgrounds, so the first thing we noticed was obviously the interiors. Slappy Cakes has a fresh and natural feel to the place. With a simple palette of finishes and a splash of orange color, it almost reminded me of diner-meets-mountain lodge. The natural wood and warm color is juxtaposed by the metal finishes. There are Ikea accessories dotted throughout, giving it a modern feel. Unlike our Sunday experience, there were only about 4 tables taken when we entered so the place was pretty quiet.
Slappy Cakes offers standard breakfast and lunch fare. You can order food cooked in the kitchen, but in my opinion, not sampling the cook-your-own-pancakes would be like taking a trip to Disney World and not riding any rides. They have several choices of pancake batters including buttermilk, vegan, and pumpkin, and for $1 each, you can pick as many toppings as you like such as fruits, chocolate, and nuts.
My friend and I both chose the buttermilk batter, but when it came to selecting toppings, it was a tough decision! I had blueberries and bananas while she tried the walnuts. It was mmm delicious. The server oils the griddle for you, so unless you overcook the pancakes, it’s hard to screw it up. By cooking our own food, the build-up to actually eating them made the taste even better. Honestly, the batter was probably pretty standard. But the toppings were fresh and the experience was fun! We also had a side of their potatoes which were simple, but seasoned well.
Why pay to make your own food?
I’ve heard this comment several times. Some don’t understand why you would pay to eat at a restaurant when you have to do the cooking yourself. There are several reasons why I would persuade you to believe otherwise. First, don’t go by yourself. If you’re with friends, there are several of you cooking. Typically this can’t happen at home. We also used our creative freedom, as you can see pictured, which was fun. Second, my kitchen doesn’t exactly have the same atmosphere as Slappy Cakes. (Let’s ignore the fact that I don’t really have a kitchen at the moment). Slappy Cakes has a fresh, inviting atmosphere with friendly servers. Everything is pre-measured for you and ready to throw on the griddle. Third, you don’t have to have all those toppings on hand at home- you can make impulsive decisions and become a pancake chef!
If you’re going to visit Slappy Cakes, I recommend going during the week. It’s more relaxed and you won’t feel rushed to cook, eat, and run. Another thing to note- I’m not sure this is the best place to take your kids. I saw a very well behaved little girl in the restaurant, but I can only imagine if you brought little terrors to the place. Even if you don’t cook your own pancakes, the griddles stay on all the time. So watch out for those tykes that like to get into mischief. I’m no food connoisseur by any means, but if you like pancakes and trying a different type of restaurant experience, Slappy Cakes is sure to please.
4246 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215
So I went for the bananas and blueberries. What’s your favorite type of pancakes?