Richard Walker’s Pancake House (La Jolla)

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A second Richard Walker’s Pancake House has opened its doors in La Jolla recently. The first San Diego location resides in downtown. We tried the downtown location years back and I honestly don’t remember too much about it, other than it could have been part of Taste of Downtown. They also have two other locations in Illinois, where the family business originally started.

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They boast a spacious interior or if you prefer to dine in the sunshine, you can do so outside in the patio.




The menu is a little daunting at first glance, but the bunnies help guide you along the path to deliciousness. Our server also gave us some recommendations and we were on our way!


Was it as good as it looks? But of course! Have you ever had french toast that only came with maybe bananas or just strawberries? Did you wish they added more variety or more fruit on the plate? Fear not, Richard Walker’s Pancake House has you covered. Their San Diego French Toast boasts a heaping pile of strawberries, bananas, and blueberries! Skimping is not in their vocabulary. Not only does it have all the stuff you always wanted, but it delivers on taste as well. Bite after bite I was thinking to myself, I just might have fruit + french toast for every single bite right up until the plate was polished off. Yes sir that’s just what happened. What more can you ask for? It came with a side of maple syrup to pour to your liking, which is perfect if you are one to control your eating environment.

DSC_0098 (2)The Apple Pancake appears to be a restaurant favorite. We saw a few other people order it and it is a sight to behold. Anh’s face lit up after the first bit of apple pancake was consumed. I knew right away we had two winners. Have you ever been in this scenario? You are eating with someone else, each of you take your first bite, and then both of you go silent and float off into your own blissful moment. At some point you realize something: is what they are having better than what I am having? Do I want to give up my plate this early and risk losing what I know to be one of the only dishes I want to me consuming at this very moment? This is kind of what happened to Anh and I. I knew what I had was good, and she knew what she had was good. But how do they stack up to each other? After tasting each others dishes we still weren’t sure which we preferred, and that is a good thing. The apple pancake tasted like a hot heavenly apple pie on a plate. I’m sure you’ve always wanted to just dig right into an entire, still in the tin apple pie before, and this gives you that opportunity. It wasn’t overly sweet, but had a nice subtly sugary, tart snap to it. Normally, food like such as this are too one note for me to enjoy the entire length of a meal. Luckily it was simply not the case here. Anh and I went back and forth on which one we loved more. The apple pancake itched out a close decision by the narrowest of margins, I think.   

Does it excite you? It should. I’m excited just thinking about the food and am glad we got to try Richard Walker’s again. This mouthwatering memory will be imprinted in us for many years to come. Thanks to Richard Walker’s and Emily over at Bam for introducing us to a great breakfast option in La Jolla!

Richard Walker’s Pancake House
909 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Fooood! I love it if you can't tell already. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, the look, the feel, the satisfaction, the gratification, and ultimately: the fun! I've been in San Diego for about 10 years now and it amazes me that there are still places to uncover. Traveling, eating, and taking pictures of food has always been a hobby of mine. So naturally Michael and I thought it made sense to share what we found with all of you. I tend to side with the savory but never shy away from a knock out dessert. If you have a place you think we haven't tried let us know! We're always on the lookout...

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