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Roslyn: Pancake inflation at Landmark Diner

Silver dollar pancakes at Landmark Diner in Roslyn.

Silver dollar pancakes at Landmark Diner in Roslyn. Newsday photo / Erica Marcus (July 30, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

The menu at Roslyn's Landmark Diner makes a big deal of its “famous buttermilk pancakes,” made with a “secret mixture of buttermilk, vanilla and a few special ingredients.” This morning I gave them a try and could discern no reason why they might have become famous: taste and texture were both very ordinary.

Can we talk about size? I ordered the silver dollar pancakes, and what I got was the platter pictured above. The average pancake measured four inches across and there were nine of them, which means (if I recall my junior-high-school geometry) that I was served more than 113 square inches of pancake.

Just as today’s mini-bagels are the size of yesterday’s standard-issue bagels, these silver dollars looked to me like the regular-sized pancakes of my youth. Silver dollar pancakes, someone in the kitchen may have forgotten, are named for an actual coin and the currently minted U.S. silver dollar measures 1.043 inches across.

On the bright side, I liked that the pancakes were served with whipped butter, easy to spread.

Landmark Diner is at 1027 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-627-4830.



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