Everyday Eats: Jack Daniels Pancake from The Patio
This new small plates spot in PB also slings some serious pancakes.
PB's dining scene recently got a bit classier with a new spot slinging small plates. The Patio on Lamont Street opened in the former Lamont Street Grill space after an extensive renovation, which involved ripping out the giant hedges, hanging dozens of chandeliers, installing a new bar, and classing up the furnishings. At dinnertime, plates come in three sizes (small, medium, and large), with international options like Portugese garlic shrimp, lamb osso bucco, and Vietnamese sprill rolls. I stopped by on the restaurant's first official day for brunch.
Among standards like bennys, biscuits and gravy, and sizzling egg skillets, the brunch menu also features a smattering of salads and sandwiches better suited for a mid-day meal, like the tri-color Israelii couscous, a deconstructed nicoise, and a blackened fish sandwich featuring a fresh catch. All items are under $15.
Initially, I was tempted by the Ranchero skillet (eggs your way with roasted poblanos and ranchero sauce) but the last item on the menu quickly changed that: the Jack Daniels pancake ($9). The Dutch-style pancake has a slosh of whiskey in the batter and is baked in the oven until it puffs up and gets beautifully browned. There are some thinly sliced apple rounds on top (just under the Chantilly cream and berries), plus a few segments of banana mushed into the batter. The pancake is over an inch thick and resembles a flying saucer, but it's nearly featherlight and fluffy all the way through. The berry compote and cream are all it needs, but there's also a little sidecar of agave syrup if you want to sweeten it up a little more.
The white peach sangria ($6) is a tasty pairing, and when you're finished sipping, you can pop out the vino-soaked peaches and eat them with the last bites of your pancake.
The Patio is located at 4445 Lamont Street in Pacific Beach (map). Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.