Well, I’ve done it. I’ve allowed my gluttony to get the best of me, and I’ve ended up completely humiliated myself. Let me explain. After the rather disappointing lunch that I’ve had at Yolk’s, where I raged about the tiny half-waffle that I got served for my Chicken & Waffles, I decided that it was time that I find a place that actually served proper portions of food, a place where I actually had a chance of getting full. After some searching, I discovered a good candidate: Jethro’s Fine Grub. Just a quick browse through some of the photos on Yelp as enough to convince me that this is the restaurant that a glutton like me needs to try. So, without anymore delay, I promptly hopped on a bus and headed down to their Dunbar location for lunch. They were a bit busy, and I had to wait about 10 minutes before I got seated. I had their Gold Rush Pancakes and a cup of coffee.
Gold Rush Pancakes ($15):
This consisted of pancakes filled with pieces of banana, nuts and streussel and come topped with more strussel, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Now, I was absolutely DELIGHTED when the plate was set down in front of me, not just because it looked delicious with all its toppings, but because the portion size was HUGE! The pancakes are the size of a pizza, and there are TWO of them. This is a dish that definitely should be shared between 2-3 people.
I quickly dug in and…was quickly disappointed. Now, I’ll begin with the positives. The texture of the pancakes were nice; soft and fluffy. There was also a ton of banana, nuts and delicious strussel. I absolutely loved the caramel sauce; I only wish that they could have put some in between the pancakes, so that the bottom one could also have some sauce. The whipping cream was slightly salty, which initially caught me off guard, but I came to appreciate it more as it helped balance with the sweetness of the rest of the components. So why didn’t I like the pancakes then? Two words: BAKING SODA (or as it baking powder?). There was just way too much of it in the pancakes, causing them to have a bitter aftertaste that was just completely unpleasant. Thankfully, the sweetness from the streussel and caramel helped mask some of the bitterness, and I kept on pouring syrup over uncovered parts of the pancake to help get it down.
I really thought that I was going to get through the pancakes. Even when the two pizza-sized disks were placed in front of me, I actually still thought that I could finish them. To my horror, I found myself getting full about 1/2 through just my 1st pancake. I was seriously embarassed. I could just imagine all the staff members laughing at me, at the stupid, greedy fool who couldn’t even finish one pancake (in reality of course, I’m 100% sure that they don’t give a damn, but in my fragile, paranoid mind I could hear them mocking me). Unable to bear this humiliation, I forced myself through one pancake (I didn’t quite finish the top one, but I did also eat a chunk of the bottom one, so I think that it’s fair to say that I’ve eaten the equivalent of one) before throwing in the towel. I was absolutely stuffed (plus, the pancakes didn’t taste that great anyways, so there’s that), and I had to stop before I start hating myself (I mean even more than I already am). I asked for a doggy bag, which came in the form of a small pizza box, and left, hanging my head in shame and carrying the remains of the pancake that had defeated me (which I actually picked at during my bus ride home).
Coffee (didn’t get the price, maybe $2?):
It is rare for me to get served a portion of food that I cannot finished, so I have to give kudos to Jethro’s for doing that. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has much to be desired, and I think in the case of their pancakes, they were far too heavy handed with the baking soda. While the service was not the most attentive, I found the staff members to be quite friendly and welcoming. Overall, while I’m not overly impressed by my experience, I do intend on returning again to sample some of their dishes (I’ve got my eye on their banana bread french toast; hopefully they don’t use a load of baking soda in that dish).