The much anticipated opening of the SLS (located at the former Sahara site) occurred a couple weeks ago and, like most people, I love to head to a new place to check it out.
I stopped by a few nights after the grand opening as I was curious but not enough to battle the crowd on the first night. I have to admit I like what they did with the place – it looks chic and hip. The crowd was young, good looking party goers checking out the nightlife scene. Being too old for that, I’m there looking to gamble and check out the food options.
There was an old friend, 800 Degrees, that opened a pizza place. If you check out my review of 800 Degrees on Las Vegas Blvd. by Monte Carlo you know I am happy they have a shop on the other end of the Strip now, too.
I saw a restaurant that was pretty busy for the time of night so I walked by to check out the menu. The Griddle Café was packed and I’m wondering why a breakfast place would be full late in the evening. Then I saw some of the dishes patrons were enjoying as I walked by and decided to come back and try it. I also understood why it was so busy.
Well, I was back the very next day as I took my wife for breakfast. We got there about 11 a.m. and there was a line. Word must have gotten out about these pancakes or because it was a holiday weekend we might have had a lot of people staying from Los Angeles.
SLS is a very popular spot in Hollywood as is The Griddle Café. For starters, do not attempt to eat an order of these pancakes by yourself. I really think it’s impossible, and trust me I can eat a lot.
These are not your ordinary pancakes and the menu has 25-30 different pancakes, French toast and waffles to choose from. One of their signature pancakes is their “A Time to Love,” which is a streusel, butterscotch chip and caramel filled pumpkin pancake.
There is also the “The Black Magic,” which is crushed Oreo filled pancakes topped with vanilla whipped cream and more Oreo pieces. Yes, I tried this one but that was on my second visit and, yes, if you like Oreos and pancakes you’ll love these.
My choice on the first visit was not a pancake but the “Chocolate Chip Cookie Crusted French Toast. Picture your French toast dipped in crumbled Chips Ahoy cookies. This gave the French toast a whole new meaning for me. I mean, this could be breakfast or dessert.
Griddle is open 24 hours a day so it doesn’t matter when or what you are craving – they have you covered. There are regular breakfast items as well as burgers, salads and other café items.
Breakfast for two may seem expensive as most of the gourmet pancakes go for $13.95, but I’m dead serious when I say split an order.
Each has three giant pancakes and I do mean giant. I give The Griddle Café 3.50 forks.
Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at WagerTalk.com and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].