For more than a year now, my dear wife Karen and I have lamented the move of IHOP from its cozy corner location at the intersections of Erie Boulevard East and Route 5 to Syracuse’s mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA.
The big mall is wonderful for many things, we both agree, but breakfast pancakes and eggs before or after a movie or shopping from that familiar and otherwise comfortable chain has not been one of them. Slow service and sterile surroundings, for starters.
We liked the somewhat tired but always popular stand-alone spot actually sat in the east suburb of DeWitt, just off “the other” mall, Shoppingtown.
Then Karen spotted at last a new eatery had taken over the grounds.
Mac’s Local Yolks, the sign said as we pulled up before I had to head off for an afternoon Sunday shift at the store, and it promised not only breakfast food, but a deli as well.
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The new folks had spruced the place up, menu-wise as well as the decor. The wall hangings were far past International House of Pancakes in theme, honoring the locale. Some paintings had hand-written letters from artists beside them, too. That was a nice touch. (All of those were next to busy tables, and I didn’t want to disturb those patrons to request to take a photo.)
We were hungry for breakfast, and even told the waitress that if all went well, we’d be back again because we’d both picked a second morning meal we also coveted. For Karen, it was the blintzes. For me, the potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream.
We’ll be back, despite a few quibbles. The food was that good.
Karen’s pancakes with pecans likely were the best of show.
The bacon was crispy the way we both like it, too, but it didn’t come out with the first stage of the order. We had to remind our waitress we both had ordered two slices.
My eggs-over-easy were exactly as I prefer, but I received two despite the fact that I’d ordered three. The sausage links were warm and spiced well. The French toast was thick and soft. Yum. And my sugar-free syrup came with the first place. Bonus points there.
The waitress made sure to point out that she’d only charged us for the two-egg special when she brought the check, as I requested when she sat the plate in front of me.
We may give Mac’s a try later in the day, too. The well-placed sell for the daily specials whet that appetite.
The big foyer chalkboard where they can change their alerts any time they want is a nice touch, too, I thought as we departed. Bagels. Hmmmm. A third time for breakfast?
Which breakfast plate looked best to you, and why? Which menu item caught your eye the most, and why? Do you prefer in-mall eating trips or stand-alone restaurants, and why?