It was a sad day for many downtown Las Vegas visitors when DuPar’s abruptly closed at the Golden Gate Casino. The restaurant and bakery was one of the most popular breakfast joints under the Fremont Street Experience.
In my mind, there was only one dish worth eating at DuPar’s. Those fluffy pancakes covered with drawn butter were divine. A tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice was the perfect accompaniment. These pancakes were so good that they would satisfy for a meal at anytime of the day. While the DuPar’s restaurant at the Suncoast Casino is still open, it’s not very convenient for anyone staying in downtown Las Vegas.
Have no fear pancake lovers! There are still a handful of restaurants located in downtown Las Vegas where you can enjoy a stack. The restaurants range from a national chain with the cheap pancakes to one of the hottest restaurants in the area.
The Denny’s in downtown Las Vegas is different than the other locations of the chain. Not only does this Denny’s have a full bar, but you can get married here. More important is that this location still offers ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES FOR $4. ‘Nuff said, right?
Eat has been a breakfast and lunch hot spot since the day it opened. This is the kind of local restaurant that creates dishes from scratch and from the heart. The Las Vegas tourists districts are often seen as soulless so you might not expect this kind of restaurant so close to the casinos. Eat was a great addition to downtown Las Vegas. If you’ve been here before, you know that there’s a reason that the pancakes are listed so high on the menu.
The pancakes were a favorite for visitors at the now closed El Cortez Cafe. Thankfully for pancake lovers, the tradition of tasty cakes has just moved to the new restaurant inside the casino. Seigel’s 1941 offers a wider variety of pancakes including a short stack for only $5.
Hash House A Go Go
This regional chain has multiple locations in Las Vegas, including the downtown restaurant at The Plaza. They’re known for having “twisted farm food” and massive portions. In fact, the pancakes are so large that there’s only one in a serving. This is the kind of restaurant and amount of food you’ll need if you’re waking up after a day and night of drinking too many footballs of beer or yard-long frozen drinks.
This quick-serve cafe is a quick walk from the Plaza on Main Street. This isn’t a fast food restaurant, but they dish out fresh food faster than most restaurants. Many of the dishes at MTO cafe are unique but the pancakes are a great place to start exploring. You can top pancakes with butter and syrup anywhere but where you can you have fat butter and tree sap? Bacon lovers might want to look at the Bacon Pancake Dippers with peppercorn maple syrup. These are not your parent’s pancakes.
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Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.