You've seen it all before. The comfortable, floral-patterned booths; the lace curtains in the windows; the fresh carnations on each wooden table; the landscape painted on the wall. It's an eatery design tried-and-true used to create a homey feel, a place where you can take the kids or meet with a group of friends for a cup of coffee.
But these touches do nothing to distract you from the fine cooking at the Baker Hill Pancake House. Unassuming and unpretentious, Baker Hill's focus is on its extensive menu and quality food. In the mood for a hearty salad, but you need a grilled cheese for the kids? Done. Looking for turkey platter or a BLT? You're in luck. And since it is a pancake house, the breakfast menu is quite far-reaching.
The morning the Boca Jump review staff ate at Baker Hill, we were impressed by the friendly customer service and the variety of breakfast options.
Our waitress made a few recommendations which helped immensely; Cherry crepes or the scrambled eggs with fruit and toast. We've never been good at making decisions so we just ordered both, a technique that has served us well since most restaurants offer somewhat skimpy portions.
Although the waitress warned us, we Bocas weren't prepared for the mounds of whipped cream on the moist and tasty crepes, which were covered with a thick layer of flavorful black cherries and doused in cherry sauce -- enough to coat them, but not enough to make them soggy.
While most of we Bocas are bacon-and-eggs types, the crepes at Baker Hill were a delicious departure. The eggs came fluffy and tasty, as ordered, and everything was hot, an essential elements of breakfast.
Just as we were finishing, she offered takeout boxes, cracked a joke and lingered for a minute to chat. Nobody wants to feel like they're being rushed out of a booth at a restaurant, and our waitress never gave that impression.
Other menu items range from a buck or two for sides and some a la carte items to breakfast entrees in the $4-$8 range. Most non-breakfast items ran from $6 to the mid-double-digits. Baker Hill Pancake House is more than a breakfast stop, but the Breakfast Guy gives it a thumbs up for quantity and quality of the food and the excellent service.
Location: 1279 Dundee Ave.