(Second Review -- October 2011)
Usually, National Pancake Day falls on the last day in February, although this leap year, it was still February 28. Unfortunately, I had a little (big) distraction with the Washington State Bar Examination. And although I was nearly two months late, I ventured to Stepping Stone Cafe on April 20 to eat a stack of mancakes.
For the last couple of months, I've attempted to channel my own freak-eating panda, and potential has surfaced. For example, the failed peanut butter burger attempt at Rock Rest in Colorado was not from capacity overload, but flavor fatigue, heaviness, and a lack of mental toughness.
My friend Roger came along to attempt the challenge with me. A third person who wanted to try the mancakes had to work at the last minute. Oh well, onward we go!
|$8.50 for three mancakes? Love it!|
|I knew bacon would be vital, but meat crack|
turned in an MVP performance on this visit!
When the stack arrived, I was hoping for extremely fluffy pancakes, since they looked puffy and gorgeous. When I cut into the mancakes, I needed to put in work to saw it with my butterknife. They were also tearing in a way that evoked rubbery, chewy qualities. I hadn't started eating, and I already knew this would be a fight. I'm horrible in guessing how much these three mancakes collectively weighed. Each mancake also retained a bit of lightness, so it could have been worse.
|Stack of mancakes...yes, they really are that huge|
(Stepping Stone Cafe)
I ate the center portion of the mancakes, then focused on one half. The equivalent of two mancakes exterminated at the 8:45 mark. Then, the flavor wall hit.
But mancakes fear bacon. It's serious Kryptonite to the starchy, boring flavor virtually all pancakes possess. Food wall tries to crush panda. Panda pulls a John Cena and does some superhuman feat to keep going. Feel free to have the adult males boo and the ladies/kids cheer. But it's hard to boo bacon.
The third mancake was easily the hardest, but it went down at 29:45. Yup, 21 minutes to eat the last 12" mancake after dispatching the first one in less than three minutes. I ate it at a leisurely pace anyway, talking with my friend for much of the time. It's still a win for man, my first quantity challenge win anywhere. I'll be building a bacon shrine, because meat crack was the MVP there to pull me through.
****Here's video of me taking down the three mancakes! It's finally re-uploaded after the video was down for a few months! I sincerely apologize if you read this post in the past and clicked on a dead video link!
My friend made a little dent, but ultimately bowed out. Still gotta give him credit for trying.
The mancakes were OK. Nice and piping hot off the flattop, but I would otherwise seek out some extra fluffy pancakes elsewhere. To be fair, larger pancakes are probably more at risk of being chewy and rubbery anyway.
|The photo that went on my FB page|
and Stepping Stone's FB page!
But I'm always wary of the specials. If there are some real awesome ones on the board, I might have to go that route instead. 6/10