We try to eat relatively healthy most of the time and we usually succeed. But we’re human and sometimes we just need a cheat meal ... and when we do there’s nothing better than a big old decadent breakfast, dinner or whatever.
Enter Brownstone Pancake Factory. We’ve been fans of the original Edgewater location since it opened, so we’re pretty excited about its new Englewood Cliffs venue – a bigger space with a much-needed giant parking lot to take care of the crowds ... because if this place is anything like its Edgewater sibling, expect some serious lines for over-the-top, inventive (and did we mention delicious) pancakes like you’ve never seen before. Think peanut butter-bacon, Nutella-hazelnut and salted caramel-pretzel along with rotating specials including Fried Oreo Cheesecake and Turtle Brownie Sundae versions. If you’re in the mood for savory stuff there are tons of omelets, Benedicts, breakfast sammies and lunch fare from wings to flatbreads to burgers, which have gotten an upgrade and now include 100% chuck sirloin, short rib, and brisket of beef.
And yes, there are plenty of good-for-you dishes here too including salads, acai bowls, pressed juices and smoothies. But back to the good stuff: Did we mention they’ve got a full bar with wine, beer, Sangria, coffee cocktails, and, in addition to indulging in one of Brownstone’s Insta-famous shakes, you can make any of them a “naughty shake” spiked with booze. (Yes please!)
The place is fun, casual, and equally perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a booth or for drinks and appetizers at the bar. And the space is -- not surprisingly – super stylish too since it’s owned by restaurateur Bobby Bournias, who’s married to renowned interior designer and HGTV star Vanessa Deleon. Not that you’ll spend much time looking up from your ridiculously good pancakes to notice ...
Brownstone Pancake Factory, 717 E Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ