I’ve lived close to Pfanntastic Pannenkoek House for years, but until recently hadn’t made a point of getting there until fairly recently.
They serve a few other things, but the majority of the menu is pancakes. These aren’t fluffy cowboy-style pancakes, but more like if a pancake merged with an omelette with a nod to a crepe. The pancake base has either sweet or savory (or a combination of both, like ham and pineapple) filling, and fills up a whole plate just by itself.
There is a huge selection of flavor combinations, and they’re pretty reasonably priced (most are in the $9.95 range) but I’d suggest sharing two between two (or even three) people. Partially so that you can try more flavours, but also because I start to get tired of the flavor if I have too much. This time around we had a ham, cheese, and mushroom one – and about 1/4 into it I was tired of the flavour. The better part though – was the dessert pancake!
We ordered the warm cherry, chocolate, and ice cream pancake – and it was really good! We’ve had a few different ones in the past, which were sweet – but this was really dessert! Unlike the savory styles where all of the ingredients are mixed into the batter, with the sweet ones they serve them more crepe-style with the good stuff on top. Other good things – the staff have always been really easy going, prompt and helpful. (When we were newbies, our server was also wonderfully accommodating in helping us figure out what we might enjoy, so if you visit for the first time, let them know!) There’s ample parking, and if you are a transit-bound sort, there are a number of transit routes that service the area.
There are a few downsides to this place – first of all, it’s really challenging to get to. Although you can see it from Crowchild Trail, you need to go in behind Central Memorial and Shawnessy High Schools and the residential district to get there. If you want to have fruits or vegetables that aren’t in your pancake – the pancakes don’t come with a side dish. It’s just one large plate of pancake. (Hence the need for sharing!) I’ve typically gone right after work for dinner – and it’s never been crowded. However I’ve heard that it’s a big attraction for brunch on the weekends, so if you go then, you might face a larger crowd.
Note that they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays – this has caught us a few times, when we’ve settled for something else nearby when our minds had been quite settled on pancakes!
Pfanntastic Pannenkoek House
2439 – 54th Ave. SW
Calgary AB T3E 1M4