Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,


I've been telling people that the new Orange Blossom Pancake Company is near where Andy's 3rd Street Cafe used to be, so I suppose I was already primed to recognize Rick when I saw him down there today. He was one of the regulars at Andy's, and he and his wife have opened the new place after months of renovations.

CoffeeThey're in what used to be the Battery Warehouse, the other half of the building that houses Buzz Coffee, next door to the Franklin Plaza building that contains Papa John's Pizza and Red Feet Wines.

The space looks great, much more upscale than the "pancake house" moniker suggests, and some of the menu items, like chick-pea croquettes and curried sweet potato fritters, make it clear this isn't just a pancake joint. Daina's "open-faced bruschetta" was eggs and diced tomatoes over toast with roasted red pepper bisque, a nice variant on Eggs Benedict, and my French Toast Sandwich (no relation; it was sausage and bacon on the french toast) was yummy.

Rick and I got to chat briefly about the Andy's days, and I told the new chef, an import from Cape Cod, about the legend that had been nearby. He was impressed that we were still talking about Andy's, and Andy, nearly ten years later.

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