By Anna-Marie Menehnott
FORT PIERCE -- I've spent many a morning in the kitchen trying to perfect the pancake. If any of you are like me, the consistency is sometimes off and they're never perfectly browned or round.
When I visited Golden Bear Pancake House, I wasn't aware I was about to eat the perfect pancake. The restaurant was packed with families enjoying breakfast and lunch. My guest and I arrived late morning and decided to find out what all the fuss was about.
The owner and head chef, Alex Fotsis, sat down with us and talked pancakes, the restaurant business and how to make customers smile.
"I've been doing this a long time and I know the key to keeping a customer happy," Mr. Fotsis said. "I try to make sure the food they eat is better than they've ever had. I want the pancakes to be perfect. I want them to try a new breakfast dish and be amazed. It's what I pride myself in."
And, perfect pancakes they were. The chef sent out bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, grits, toast and a heaping serving of pancakes for my guest and me to try. Before I touched anything else in front of me, I bit into a fluffy, yet faintly crispy, hot, perfectly round pancake.
The pancakes are served with a choice of syrups and toppings, including fruit and whipped cream.
Mr. Fotsis then sent out a Mexico City skillet -- a combination of chorizo sausage, diced onions, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers with shredded Wisconsin cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses. The incredible dish is served with homemade salsa and sour cream.
Each of the components of our breakfast was delicious. The grits were creamy and cooked to perfection, the bacon was crispy and the eggs couldn't have been more enjoyable.
As we were enjoying our breakfast, Mr. Fotsis asked us to try his homemade biscuits and gravy. The buttermilk biscuits were out of this world and were topped with thick, seasoned gravy with bits of sausage.
One of the items on the menu caught my attention: cornflake crusted French toast. I asked Mr. Fotsis if I could sample a piece, and I really wish I would have asked for it first. The incredible flavor of the French Toast, coupled with the crispy crust made for a delectable breakfast item. The next time I visit Golden Bear, I will be sure to order it first.
Golden Bear offers most breakfast items including omelets, crepes, Belgian waffles and many different breakfast combinations. You really can't go wrong.
There is also a lunch menu which includes burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads.
Golden Bear Pancake House is located at 2625 South U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. They are open daily from 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wifi is available.