Saturday, March 13, 2010

the punchy plate-sized pancakes of Annamarie's

Morning means one thing in Royersford — Annamarie's healthy appetite for punchy pancakes that exceed the perimeters of your plate.

It has been over 15 years since Annamarie Chestnut began offering the graceful, guiltless portions we love to grub at early hours on Main Street. Prone to preparing almost too much to stomach per patron, Chestnut's homey neighborhood eatery promotes community and comfort, all on the pleasures of your plate.

Her staff sports t-shirts that read, "order what you want, eat what you get," and it's obvious that such a motto is what they follow at the friendly and casual establishment.

Opened in 1994, Chestnut has always continued to offer new combinations and additions to her ever-changing menu, including her latest, Vuotto Bacon Pancakes. Swirling gigantic bacon chunks into her beloved flapjacks was an idea of her customer Chris Vuotto, which ended up a crowd-pleaser and appropriately became an active part of Annamarie's wipe-board menu as of this month.

Capable of pumping your pancakes with everything but the kitchen sink, including fresh fruits like bananas and blueberries and candies like butterscotch and chocolate chips, Annamarie's also offers her visitors an edible challenge. If you are able to eat three entire pancakes, which usually costs a guest $5.95, at one sitting, you will get them for free.

"Only 15 people were able to complete the challenge in 15 years," Chestnut revealed, with Pauline Yip being the first girl to tackle and conquer the challenge just this year.

The owner, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence and also, a graduate of Spring-Ford High School in 1993, additionally concocts creative french toast selections that sweetly are adored by many, including her sampling of Bananas Foster, German ApplePeanut Butter Crunch. and

Annamarie's show-stoppers continue to be endless and they don't end with mid-morning carbohydrates either. For example, native to her area, Chestnut prepares a dapper scrabble, onion and provolone super-sized omelet that almost makes any humble egg seem like a show off.

Other offerings of her outrageous omelets undeniably capture the essence of the local community's creativity, too. To note, she's always willing to name a concoction after its originator. Recently, she's been serving a taco omelet upon a regular customer's request, as well as a tantalizing egg mix with turkey.

Annamarie's eatery is cash only and serves breakfast all day, aside time-appropriate offerings of lunch options.

Annamarie's Place, 347 Main St., Royersford, 610-948-0590, Tues. - Fri., 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.