Everyday Eats: Clayton's Coffee Shop

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The secret to these cool cakes is ice cream.

Some of my favorite food discoveries happen completely by accident, as if by divine intervention. Take last weekend: I'm walking through Coronado, bummed that the place I originally wanted to go to was closed (at 7 p.m. on a Saturday!) when I happen upon a sign outside of Clayton's Coffee Shop advertising Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pancakes ($6.95). Before I could fully process the ingenuity of such an item, I was already seated at a booth, waiting to place my order.

The 'cakes are made with melted mint chocolate chip ice cream mixed into the batter, giving them a subtle green hue. The mintiness of the ice cream really shines through, and the extra chocolate chips added to the mix pump up the cocoa factor. On top, there's a miniature mountain of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. It's really more dessert than breakfast, but the short stack makes it a reasonable indulgence any time of the day. 

When it comes to flapjacks, I've had some fine examples and some real flops, and these are some of the best. Each pancake was perfectly griddled to a golden brown on both sides, with a light and fluffy interior that was studded with melted chocolate chips and little pockets of air. The pancakes are a special item, and when the batter's all gone, so are they. If you're unlucky, you can always order the next best thing: chocolate chip pancakes with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top.

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About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. Keep up with her other food finds on EJeats.com.

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