Dutch Pancakes at Sara's Pancake House
|+ crepe with cherries, chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar|
+ legit syrup
Breakfast at Pancakes!
|on left: traditional Dutch apple pancakes with raspberry sauce|
on right: chocolate, banana and mixed nuts crepes
Pancakes! is a tiny little establishment with about 5 or 6 tables and swathed in typical Dutch blue and white. There was about a 30 minute wait but what's 30 minutes for the city's best pancakes? We opted for the dutch pancakes which came with fresh squeezed orange juice and a banana/chocolate/nut medley. Unfortunately, the meal was somewhat disappointing. Maybe it was all the hype or our raised expectations or the specific dishes we ordered but we both agreed that Sarabeth's offerings were definitely better.
Pomme Frites and Pickled Herring
|Pomme frites with mayo|
Picked herring sandwich with pickles and onions
Before I visit a new city, I compile a list of the it foods that the city is known for and I make it point to try it when I am there. Pickled herring was one of them. I've never actually encountered the concept of pickled herring as a dish before, except for the jars sitting in our fridge at home that my dad buys and then no one eats...but since this was supposed to be an authentic Dutch specialty, I had to give it the proper attention. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the combination of the herring with the sweet pickles and onions on a roll, my mom was not a fan. On the other hand, pomme frites aka french fries was something that we were quite familiar with. The way they serve them up is in big thick wedges in a paper roll with a massive serving of mayo on top (we asked for ours on the side). Golden perfection.
|Yogurt and Mango flavored ice cream|
We stumbled upon this ice cream place after our breakfast at Pancakes! and lo and behold, there's a line stretching out onto the sidewalk and an award on the window stating that its been crowned the best ice cream in Amsterdam. Yea, it was pretty darn good.
+ waffles with dark chocolate and candied nuts
Beer and Meat
+ dippings for fries and meat