Recently I went with some friends to a popular brunch place, Stacks Pancake House in Hoboken. There is always a line outside, and we were all craving some pancakes, so figured it’s now or never. After about a 30 minute wait, we were seated and ordered a variety of dishes:
Chunky Monkey Pancakes
This crazy and delicious concoction was my order. On the menu it said fresh bananas mixed in the pancake batter, topped with melted chocolate chips. I love love love all of the ingredients in this combo, but my only wish/suggestion would be for the bananas and choc chips to be mixed into the batter. It felt like I was just eating that and then reached the pancakes below it after finishing all the good stuff. But delicious nonetheless.
Friends of mine ordered some strawberry pancake and crepe dishes:
Both felt like the fruit, while abundant, was a bit overpowering. Pictured here are the Sweet Tooth Crepe with Strawberries and A Slice of Heaven – pancakes with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Again, it would have been nice to have the fruit and chocolate chips mixed into the pancakes to create a less soggy feel. The girls were not exactly delighted at the mess of strawberries, I’ll say. And this is coming from strawberry lovers!
Another friend splurged on the Smores Crepe…filled with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. Whoa.
While I don’t find myself usually craving marshmallows at brunch-time, I stole a bite. It had lots of whipped cream and marshmallows, very tasty – but quite the sugar high for just one sitting. Normally I prefer adding a little salty food to my brunch menu, and this brunch definitely catered to mostly sweet!
Overall thoughts: Stacks has a creative, decent-sized menu, and besides all of the sweetness presented here via pancakes and crepes, there are also a lot of egg and bacon dishes to satisfy your salt taste buds. Not to mention a variety of french toast and waffle combos. I definitely recommend asking the waitress to “mix in” your fruit/chocolate chips/guilty pleasure into your pancakes, as I think pancakes need to have their goodies mixed through, rather than piled on top. Still, it was a lively place and you definitely get a lot for the cost! Each dish was around $8, so not too shabby! No alcoholic bevs are served here, so if you’re looking for that bloody mary or ‘mosa fix…head elsewhere, perhaps my recently reviewed Gaslight or Mikie Squared!