This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
If Favorite Dishes were decided solely based upon how often I eat them, Fountain View Cafe's pancakes would be much higher on the list. I make a twice-monthly trek out to Fountainview and San Felipe just for the pancakes. In fact, whenever anyone asks me what restaurant has the best pancakes in town, there is absolutely no hesitation when I answer, "Fountain View Cafe. Hands down."
I once called the pancakes here "impossibly thin, straddling the line between pancake and crepe, with lacy, delicate edges and a rich, buttery taste." And the key here is that the pancakes are always this good; the kitchen must have their recipe and technique down to a science. Amazing food plus consistency? There's a reason Fountain View Cafe has been around for as long as it has.
A short stack of two pancakes is usually more than enough for me, thanks to the richness of the things, infused with vanilla and drizzled with sugary syrup (which I dearly wish was actual maple syrup, but that's a battle for another day). A short stack comes with a pat of butter on top, but you won't need it. The pancakes are buttery enough as is, and the perfect end to a long, leisurely breakfast at Fountain View Cafe.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19 No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe