I’m what you might call “whole grain obsessed.” It’s not that I don’t eat white bread — put a baguette in front of me or some sourdough, and I’ll eat more than my fair share – but for the most part, I like my grains unrefined. And while I started my whole grain habit for the health benefits, over the years I’ve just come to plain old prefer their hearty texture and substance. For instance, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a piece of well-made whole wheat bread is beyond satisfying taste-wise, and it keeps you full for eons.
This preference has even overcome my feelings about pancakes. Lately, a plain old buttermilk pancake just doesn’t have give me the same thrill as a whole grain one, but sadly they’re hard to come by. Which is why I became unreasonably excited when I realized that Local in Silver Lake has not one, but three varieties of whole wheat pancakes—regular, banana walnut and apple pecan. Hello, new brunch obsession!
After actually trying a short stack, my excitement turned to pure glee. When I make whole wheat pancakes at home, they always (without fail) end up having a rubbery texture. But the Local version is unbelievably moist. The texture is fluffier than you’d expect and the flavor has a nice hint of vanilla. I think if you try them, you’ll love them.
And if you’re not sold, go for the French toast. It’s made with 100% not-whole-wheat brioche and pretty dreamy, too. Plus, they come with a healthy portion of fruit and yogurt.
Valentina Silva is a regular contributor writing about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her new blog, Eastside Food Bites.