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My Last Bite: Johnny Pamcakes a hot breakfast spot in Rockford |

My Last Bite: Johnny Pamcakes a hot breakfast spot in Rockford

My Last Bite, the Rockford Register Star’s dining column, publishes at noon Thursdays at rrstar.com. This week’s featured eatery is Johnny Pamcakes.


Name: Johnny Pamcakes

Address: 3700 E. State St., Rockford; second location since 2015 inside Kegel Harley-Davidson, 7125 Harrison Ave.

Opened: May 2008; 10-year anniversary is May 15

Phone/website: 815-229-7415; johnnypamcakes.com

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; hours at Kegel are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Mondays

Owners: John and Pam Lack

Most popular: Breakfast, which is available any time, is the most popular meal at Johnny Pamcakes, but lunches and a Friday fish fry are also big sellers. The fish fry features a deep-fried or baked cod dinner for $9.99. Menus are the same at both locations.

The most popular breakfast items are Swedish pancakes ($3.29 for one, $6.29 for four; peaches, strawberries, blueberries, lingonberries or pecans cost $1.50 extra); Fluffy Omelettes with choice of toast (ranging from $7.59 to $8.29); and Morning Skillets, including eggs, hash browns and more ($8.99 to $9.79).

We ate: Arturo Fernandez, Register Star director of visuals, and I ate at the East State Street Johnny Pamcakes on April 17. We arrived at 9:15 a.m. that Tuesday, and the place was packed. We waited less than 5 minutes to be seated. The eatery holds 150 people, 80 at the Kegel location.

Arturo ordered the Swedish Connection ($8.19), two Swedish pancakes, two eggs, two slices of bacon and two link sausages. “They taste really ‘eggy,'” Arturo said of the Swedish pancakes. The bacon was “just crispy enough,” he said.

I ordered the Hungry Man Skillet ($9.79). Its two eggs were perfectly cooked as I ordered them, over medium. When I cut into the yolks, they oozed perfectly over the hash browns, and the generous helpings of bacon, sausage and mushrooms covered in cheddar cheese. I like to order skillets for breakfast, and this was one of the tastiest I’ve had anywhere — plus, the price is right.

We also ordered cinnamon raisin French toast ($5.09) to share. Even covered in syrup, “it wasn’t too sweet,” Arturo said. I thought it was light-tasting, not too heavy with the eggs.

“Ahh” factor: The restaurant’s “bottomless” cup of coffee is $1.60, and wait staff replenished the drink often. Our server was attentive and friendly.

“Hmm” moment: The eatery is especially busy at peak breakfast times.

Next time: I’ll go for another skillet; there are seven from which to choose.

Georgette Braun: 815-987-1331; gbraun@rrstar.com; @GeorgetteBraun

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