A weekend inches a lot closer to perfection with proper pancakes. I've had my plates of griddle greats at First Awakenings (784-1125/Salinas; 372-1125/P.G.) and Old Monterey Cafe (646-1021) and The Breakfast Club (394-3238), but Loulou's on Wharf II in Monterey did me better than anywhere I can I remember on a summer Sunday.
We sat at the cute little bar in the cute little yellow spot, though we usually set up outside to soak up views of Del Monte Beach and Window on the Bay, weather willing. The position gave us a nice view of the masterwork in progress.
The raspberries and blueberries merged wonderfully with the batter, staying moist and juicy without compromising the fluffy consistency of the cake. The summer got yummer.
Though I concede the pancake debate is real and ongoing, Loulou's knows no equal when the salt-and-pepper vehicle discussion shakes out. My favorite was the astronaut and the shuttle (pictured up top), but the golf ball is no shank either. Different kitchy classic appear at each table, including the always cute barn-and-silo pairing.
Peek at a piece on the place Weekly food writer Tony Seton recently wrote here.