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Long Island's best pancakes

Jojo Apple's, in Point Lookout, serves strawberry pancakes.

(Credit: Photo by Danny Ghitis)

When I daydream about pancakes, they're piping hot, each seeming to float above the one below. I slip a pat of butter on the stack; it melts over the top and down the sides. Then, I drizzle on a little pure maple syrup and cut through with my fork. One tender, clean-tasting bite and I'm swooning. The catch is to find such pancakes; even some of the best breakfast eateries drop the spatula when it comes to hot cake excellence. Great griddle cakes are out there, in a wide range of settings, from modest luncheonettes to glitzy diners to chic hotels to quaint little specialty spots. Here's a selection of Long Island's best. --JOAN REMINICK, joan.reminick@newsday.com

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  • A Margherita omelet is served at Cornucopia's Noshery

    Cornucopia's Noshery $ | Salads, Breakfast, Soup, Sandwiches, Lunch, Panini, Wraps 194A Park Ave. Amityville In an attractive sun-splashed space with a counter and tables -- and some of Long ...

  • Eastport Luncheonette in Eastport. (June 28, 2013)

    Eastport Luncheonette $$ | Diner, Luncheonette 497A Montauk Hwy Eastport Cafe serving breakfast and lunch; featuring live music on Fridays with beer and wine. ...

  • Empress Diner in East Meadow. (Feb. 15, 2013)

    Empress Diner $ | Lunch, Breakfast, Diner 2490 Hempstead Tpke East Meadow Serving some of Long Island's best pancakes. ...

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  • Jojo Apple's, in Point Lookout, serves strawberry pancakes.

    Jo Jo Apples Cafe $ | American, Breakfast 85 Lido Blvd. Point Lookout A charming all-American restaurant that specializes in pancakes--smothered in strawberries, blueberries or bananas. There are ...

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  • Plainview Diner is located on Old Country Road.

    Plainview Diner $ | Breakfast, Diner, Lunch 1094 Old Country Rd. Plainview Plainview Diner has been in business now for 38 years. The pancakes are among the ...

  • Angel food pancakes, with strawberries and powered sugar,

    Premier Diner $ | Greek, American, Diner 690 Commack Rd. Commack What sets this gleaming diner apart from most of the genre is a creative and ...

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