One of the best things to find is a great breakfast place. Stacks Pancake House, with their original location in Dana Point, recently opened in Mission Viejo. It has quickly become a favorite place for many South Orange County locals, with excellent food, good service and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Stacks serves lunch also so guests can have their choice no matter what time they arrive. Stacks features a Hawaiian theme, with many Hawaiian breakfast and lunch dishes. Other items such as crepes, Belgian waffles and burgers round out the delicious menu.
Ordering at Stacks Pancake House is simple. Orders are placed at the counter, a number is given and the food is soon delivered. There is almost always a line, but the efficient counter people keep it moving so there is not much of a wait. Seating is both at inside tables and a nice outside patio area which is very popular. Both locations have the inside and outside dining areas, with the Dana Point location having a nice large patio overlooking Pacific Coast Highway.
One of the signature dishes at Stacks Pancake House is their Captain Mac Nut French Toast. This is no ordinary French toast, but possibly one of the best around. The dish starts with slices of King's Hawaiian sweet bread, dipped in a batter and crusted with a combination of crushed Captain Crunch cereal and macadamia nuts. The sweet, creamy inside contrasted with the crunchy outer coating is a textural masterpiece. To top it off, they have a special coconut syrup to put on the French toast. Fresh strawberries add a nice fruity overtone to the dish, adding another layer of flavor to the dish.
Stacks features several Hawaiian favorites on the menu. Loco Moco is the favorite breakfast dish in Hawaii and Stacks does an outstanding version of it. It consists of a plate of steamed rice, topped with a choice of meat and then covered with a brown gravy and two fried eggs. The traditional Loco Moco is made with a hamburger patty and that is Stacks first option, but they will also do Spam or Portuguese sausage if desired. Spam of course is a favorite meat in the islands and is also available at Stacks on their Spam and eggs plate. The Portuguese sausage is another Hawaiian favorite, a slightly spicy sausage with great texture and flavor. It is highly recommended as a side order, going very well with any of the dishes. A Kalua pork omelette stars the famous Hawaiian pork inside one of the omelettes, along with onions, cheddar cheese and then topped with a chipotle ranchero sauce.
Vegetarians of all types can find something on Stacks menu. The Vegetarian Omelette includes tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, spinach and cheddar cheese wrapped in a three-egg omelette. There is also a Garden Stuffed Crepe, with two delicate crepes enclosing a filling of Swiss cheese, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. The crepes are topped with a Hollandaise sauce and fresh diced tomatoes. Fresh fruit or a salad comes with the crepes to make a healthy and delicious meal. Jalapenos are arlso available on request to spice up the crepes and omelettes.
Of course, it would not be Stacks Pancake House without pancakes. Stacks pancakes are plate sized, but fluffy and light so they don't fill you up to excess. A short stack is three pancakes and a full stack four, with options including buttermilk pancakes, blueberry, macadamia nut, strawberry, whole wheat, Mac Nut and Banana and even an Oreo cookie pancake. The pancakes come with whipped butter, maple syrup and coconut syrup. The pancakes are even available as a side option with items such as the omelettes. They are also available as part of a kids menu that includes the pancakes, French toast and chicken fingers with fries.
For lunch, Stacks Pancake House has burgers, a Turkey Avocado Melt, a BLT, grilled chesse and other sandwiches. Again going with the Hawaiian theme, several dishes are available as the Hawaiian plate lunch. Kalbi beef short ribs, salmon teriyaki, chicken katsu and charbroiled Island teriyaki beef come with sides that include the popular Hawaiian combination of macaroni salad and rice. Also coming as a side are a green salad, fresh fruit or French fries.
Stacks Pancake House is open from 6:30am to 2:00pm seven days a week. It is an excellent choice for a delicious, reasonably priced breakfast or lunch. Judging from the crowds that show up constantly at both locations, lots of people think so.
Stacks Pancake House
27680 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
34255 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, California 92629
Tel: (949) 429-2222