Snapshot: Barnes and Noble castles and Pannekoeken in Rochester, MN
We stayed an extra day in Rochester while visiting the Mayo Clinic and decided to see what its food scene had to offer! Fred found Pannekoeken on Yelp, so we took the winding Skyway system to check it out. I was very grateful for the Skyway and Subway, because it was freezing cold.
It was still early in the morning when we arrived, so the restaurant was mostly empty. We started with some coffee and some delicious spiced cider. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera all the way here so all these photos are iPhone shots. They offer Magnificent Muffins that truly look magnificent! We got the Blackberry Cream flavor, and it was delicious.
We split a Dutch Skillet and a Blueberry Pannekoek. A pannekoek is a Northern European style of pancake that is baked in the oven, and is what the restaurant is named for. The menu boasts that many eggs are called for in the secret recipe. The waitresses sing a little pannekoeken song as they run from the kitchen with your meal. I really liked the texture of the pannekoek – it was more eggy than a normal pancake, kind of like a sweet omelette but much lighter and fluffier. They even offered a seasonal pumpkin flavor.
The Dutch Skillet was tasty, but nothing too special. Hash browns and mettwurst and some veggies with hollandaise sauce. I thought things were a little burnt.
In other news, I love the Barnes and Noble here. It’s in a space that used to be the Chateau Theater, and still uses the dark blue ceilings with constellation lights and castle pieces. It’s one of the coolest bookstores I’ve visited!