We rarely take days just for play. Yes, we have a good time traveling for articles, I love wining and dining and exploring. But it's also work--we're on a schedule, interviewing, taking pictures and notes for the article(s) to come.
So on my birthday, Denny indulged me in a day without requirement. We started with a mid-morning breakfast at the Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio. I'm a fan of all things pancake and I'd heard Magnolia offers arguably the best in Texas. I like a good argument so Magnolia was on my list. And there's no better day than your birthday.
The restaurant is a storefront in a landscaped shopping center. Outside awnings sigh Deep South. Inside, the rooms have a relaxed comfortable feel with bluebird-blue booths, warm colors and plates hung on the walls.
The rumor was looking like fact when super-waitress Karen brought our menus with the coffee. Magnolia specializes in homemade. Any breakfast place that makes its own sausage... The menu wasn't modest. Under the title of World's Best Pancakes (is the World larger than Texas?) were pancakes blueberry, bacon, pecan, bananas foster and more.
Other deliciousness too, like a seasonal favorite, Poached eggs on Crab Cakes, hollandaise over all. (We all know calories don't count on your birthday.) Proper crabcakes crispy, herby and crabby, not burdened with breading. With a side of light and fluffy, softly tangy buttermilk pancakes. Melt in your mouth amazing.
Denny and I had a difference of opinion about which was better, his Jambalaya Omelet piquant with chicken and sausage, peppers, tomatoes and spices. Or my eggs and crabcakes. I tasted his, he tasted mine. Our mouths agreed on merit all 'round in spite of difference in preference.
But we had no difference about the Authentic Munchener Apfel Pfannekucken (pronounced fan-e-koo-ken). Wonderful eggy, appley, not too sweet, buttery, cinnamony birthday-worthy flavor. I agree, the Magnolia's version of this German apple pancake is the Best Apple Pancake in the World.
I know what you're thinking. Pfannekucken on top of eggs and crabcakes and hollandaise and buttermilk pancakes? Think of it as birthday cake. I did. If it will make you feel better, we took most of it home in a box and I enjoyed Pfannekucken birthday cake two more days.
So the next time you're in San Antonio, treat yourself to breakfast at Magnolia Pancake Haus. It will make your day.
Magnolia Pancake Haus, 606 Embassy Oaks # 100, San Antonio, TX 78216, (210) 496-0828, open daily 7am-2pm, moderate $.
Tell Karen I sent you.
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