Tropical stacks

James Carrier
For maximum flavor, add banana slices to pancake batter

5 Spot Banana Pancakes

Mashing bananas and mixing them into pancake batter make less flavor impact than you'd expect. But if you add slices of banana to the uncooked side of a pancake, then turn it over and brown the batter around the heating fruit, each bite is loaded with pure banana taste. This is the way they flip the pancakes for breakfast at 5 Spot in Seattle. Open through dinner, this casual, comfortable establishment works its way around the United States by region, with changing menu themes and walls lined with local artists' images of the destination of the moment.

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