Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh, Shopsin's Does Dangerous Things to Pancakes

Mac & Cheese Pancakes
I hardly ever get to visit world-famous Shopsin's in Essex Street Market due to their chosen business hours, Tuesday to Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 9:30am to 2pm. With a regular 9-to-5, this just doesn't work, so with visions of mac and cheese pancakes in my mind, I took a mental health day and made my way to Essex Street.

Mac & Cheese Pancakes
Lucky for me, I did have an errand to run in the area, giving Stacie of Cupcakes Take The Cake a cupcake courier. Stacie, being the doll she is, met me in the Market for our lunch date. (Read about Stacie's 100 cupcakes challenge here.) While she was completely overwhelmed by their crazy menu, I didn't even need it. I had been hearing about these pancakes for a while, what could it all mean "Mac and cheese pancakes?" Well, it means a pancake base, with mac and cheese thrown over it, and then more cheese melted on top. Oh, and then the correct and proper way of eating them involves maple syrup and hot sauce. The salty, sweet, and spicy in one bite strikes just the right balance, and reminded me of all that is good and holy in the world. In essence, Kenny Shopsin has created the perfect breakfast/lunch mash-up suitable for curing hangovers, broken hearts, bad moods, and carbohydrate deficiencies. It's now one of my most favorite things.

The Piaf
Stacie needed something to eat as well, so I pointed her in the direction of one of Brownie's favorites, the Piaf: eggs, gruyere sauce, and fried onions smothering pieces of toast. Everything a healthy breakfast should have, and then some creamy and fried goodness added in. Mmmm, all three of us agree it's another exhibit of delicious.

For those of you interested in attempting to visit Shopsin's, I am a proponent of studying the menu first, click here.

Shopsin's
Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
www.shopsins.com

13 comments:

Bear Silber said...

Mac...cheese...maple syrup...hot sauce....sensory overload!!! I would love to try that :P

NYUFoodie said...

did u finish them? after the 4th/5th pancake it started to become unappetizing...

Blondie said...

@Bear: I'm telling you, you just gotta get on visiting!!

@NYUFoodie: On a good day, I couldn't finish this whole plate. I managed to get through about four before my tummy said enough.

Leah Klein said...

I took a peek at their Menu and I was floored! However do you make a decision?

Rachel said...

OMG. I can't stand it. I'm away this weekend but SO going there the next weekend.

Bianca said...

WOW! I've been wanting to go there too but haven't had a chance yet. Just another reason for me to wish I worked and or lived downtown haha

NYUFoodie said...

BTW the sliders are a must try... thats prob why i couldn't eat more than 4 1/2

@ blondie: a few months back i asked u about your trip to Houston and if u tried a "kolache" you never responded, i think its something yall would enjoy if yure ever down there again... also i have a question to ask you about food/blogging and i dont want to post it as a comment, if you dont mind emailing me ns1221@nyu.edu i would really appreciate it . it wont take much of your time i promise.

Stacie Joy said...

Thank you once again, Miss Blondie (and you too, Miss Brownie, in absentia) for the fabulous lunch company (and Shopsin's menu guidance) and for the much-needed and completely loved cupcake carrier.

I *heart* you guys...

Danny said...

man that looks unreal. mac n cheese with pancakes. one of these days i'll go down there. the whole idea of it is just amazing. And they don't mind bloggers taking pictures?

Brownie said...

@stacie joy: We heart you back! :) so glad you enjoyed my baby. I love the Piaf.

@NYU foodie:: thanks for the kolache tip. I hope my travels bring me back to TX. I saw something on kolaches (if that's the plural) in a food mag recently. btw, you've got mail. ;)

Erin S. said...

Yum! These were my favorite part of my Shopsin's visit. Rachel, if you visit on a Saturday, be ready for a long wait (but worth it).

Brownie, here's a great NYT video of Kenny Shopsin making these pancakes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayZYfRXS6Do

kathryn said...

Next time try the bacon and egg pancakes, with maple syrup and hot sauce (their house made kind). Yum!

Amanda's Sunshine said...

That looks so yummy!