Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House

3 07 2008
  • 608 W. Saginaw St.Sawyer\'s Gourmet Pancake House
  • Lansing, MI 48933
  • (517) 485-9410
  • Website
  • Menu

I am not a morning person so the fact that I even got up for breakfast is kind of amazing.  We had some early morning errands to run and since we were up before eight o’clock, I suggested we go to breakfast before doing our shopping.  I’ve drove by Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House many times and saw a review on Runs With Spatula.  We headed down Saginaw to find Sawyer’s little, quaint building for some “early morning” grub.

Not being a morning person, I’m not really a breakfast person either.  I’m bad.  Most days breakfast is a Pepsi before lunch, but I like eggs.  In fact, I’ll cook omeletts or fried eggs for dinner sometimes.  Since we were at a “gourmet pancake house” I thought it’d be best to try the pancakes.  I went simple and ordered three buttermilk pancakes which come with real maple flavored syrup and whipped butter.  The thing I notice about breakfast places is the never give you enough butter with the pancakes.  There was just a tiny scoop on the top.  Not enough to really do any damage on the top pancake let alone the two underneath it.  That was initially a disappointment.  That is, until I took a bite.  These were the best pancakes I’ve had in a long time and much better than anything I’ve ever made myself.  They were light and fluffy and there was still a bite to them.  The inside was perfectly cooked as far as I’m concerned.  They were just a little “doughy” which made them heavy and very filling.  I also ordered two eggs over easy and I ended up stuffed with a few bites left on my plate.  I really needed a nap after that meal.

Sawyer\'s Gourmet Pancake HouseMy girlfriend ordered a blueberry waffle and a couple slices of bacon.  The waffle filled a plate and came topped with a homemade blueberry compote and the same whipped butter that was on my pancakes.  It was the perfect size for her and she said it was really good.  When she ordered the bacon, the waitress actually asked how she would like it cooked.  Yes, they asked how to cook the bacon.  That impressed her.  She likes her bacon extra crispy.  When the waitress brought it to the table, she asked if it was crispy enough.

For drinks, we were good and didn’t order pop at eight in the moring (although I had a Pepsi from Speedway in the car:( ).  I had a glass of milk and she had orange juice.  Everything on Sawyer’s menu is fresh, natural, and organic.  The eggs are Egglands Best vegeterian fed chicken eggs.  The flour is from Westwood Milling Company and is organic stone ground flours.  Not being a breakfast person, I was impressed with Sawyer’s.  It’s not go to be something I crave, but it is someplace I would take out of town visitors for breakfast.  The restaurant is small with less than fifteen tables, but that makes it a nice, cozy atmosphere.  Our two meals ran us twenty bucks with tip and it was a good start to a long morning.

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4 07 2008
John

I went for the first time last weekend, and I really enjoyed it. I got the fresh basil, tomato and monterey jack cheese omelet, and it was really good. Hash browns weren’t anything exciting, but they were good as well. A bit more expensive than I’m used to for what I got, but you pay for quality, and this definitely was quality.

13 04 2011
John W. Sawyer III

All right – so they are my cousins, one of whom introduced me to my wife of 45 years. The food is excellent, and I’ve never had better.

So there

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