Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

The Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in southwest Calgary is a pretty fantastic place if you’re craving something different for breakfast, brunch or brinner (breakfast for dinner).

[Thanks to Only Here for the Food for twigging me onto this place.]

Pannenkoek, also spelled pannekoek, is a Dutch pancake completely different from the fluffy North American kind. Pannenkoek are thinner, more akin to French crêpes, and baked with sweet or savoury ingredients.

Jennifer, who got there before me, laid claim to the shredded potato, bacon and cheese ($10.95) pannenkoek. And as she pointed out, I couldn’t possibly order the same thing if I wanted to blog this “properly.”

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

So I got the bacon, mushroom, onion and tomatoes ($10.95) pannenkoek.

The pancakes are gigantic, filling a 12-inch dinner plate. They’re a lovely meal and nice change from omelettes, bacon and eggs etc.

Jennifer’s shredded potato pancake, which came with a side of sour cream, was definitely my favourite of the two, probably because of the melted cheese giving it a nice crispy crust.

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek HausThe sweet pannekoek choices range from plain brown sugar to warm Saskatoon berries to banana, coconut and chocolate sauce — all with your option of ice cream, of course.

There’s also a small section of pannenkoek that combines savoury and sweet like bacon, raisins and cheese.

Coffee comes along with a cute Dutch spice cookie.

Decor is consistent with a family-style restaurant, and this is definitely a family-friendly place. Prepare for lineups on the weekend.

One last note, try to come at this from Crowchild Trail northbound for an easy right turn into the strip mall, otherwise you’ll be confronted with the GPS telling you to make a U-turn off southbound Crowchild. (Yes, I was confused.)

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus, 2439 54th Ave S.W., Calgary, (403) 243-7757.

Open Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

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