Restaurant Review: Flappy Jack’s flips delicious food

Michael Phillips
Copy Editor

There is a saying that if a restaurant is constantly busy, then the food must be good.

Flappy Jack’s Pancake House Restaurant in Glendora more than proves this sentiment.

I arrived at the restaurant to find every table in the restaurant full and approximately 10 to 15 people waiting outside to be seated.

Twenty five minutes later when I was seated I could not help but notice the vintage like décor of the restaurant.

There were murals reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s, and 1960s memorabilia scattered around the restaurant that created a comfortable environment with a vintage feel.

At first glance the menu appeared to consist of nearly every possible breakfast combination I have ever thought of.

There were steak and eggs, corned beef and eggs, skillets, cereals, oatmeal, an assortment of pancakes, waffles, French toast, crepes, omelettes and much more.

The menu consisted of traditional versions of popular entrees as well as many unique Flappy Jack’s versions of classic breakfast meals.

The lunch menu featured burgers such as the veggie burger, a mushroom burger, a patty melt and several others.

Although the lunch menu was not as vast as the breakfast menu, it contained many appetizing entrees.

For those trying to maintain a healthy diet, Flappy Jack’s offers wheat and vegetarian options as well as more than 10 different types of salads.

The salad menu consisted of various salads such as the Julienne salad, Grecian Delight Chicken salad and a Buffalo Crispy Chicken salad.

The Southwest salad immediately caught the interest of my taste buds.

It contained a charbroiled chicken breast, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black beans and olives mixed in a chipotle ranch dressing.

Even with all the great lunch options I chose to try a breakfast entrée; the next issue was deciding which one.

The menu contained a pancake section that featured bacon stuffed pancakes, banana walnut stuffed pancakes, strawberry and pineapple stuffed pancakes and regular buttermilk pancakes.

When I reached the section of the menu labeled “The French Connection” I immediately knew that I wanted to try the American French toast entree.

It was cinnamon raisin swirl bread dipped in egg batter and was topped with strawberries; blueberries, whipped cream and powdered sugar.

While waiting for my food, I noticed the increasing number of customers entering and exiting the restaurant.

“We have been coming here for about a year,” Glendora resident Kandice Zayas said.

Zayas ordered the Flappy’s Favorite omelet, which features ham, bacon, sausage, bell peppers and onions with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses.

“We live across the street so we thought, ‘hey this place looks good so let’s give it a try,’” Glendora resident Elliot Zayas said.

Kandice and Elliot Zayas shared the omelet entree and were more than satsfied.

The restaurant is always busy, which regular patrons are more than used to.

Even though the restaurant was busy, my food arrived rather quickly and looked and smelled delicious.

The pieces of French toast were enormous and were topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar and large strawberries.

My meal also came with blueberries, hash browns and two sausage links on the side.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover upon the first bite that my food tasted as delicious as it looked.

The French toast tasted homemade and was moist, fluffy and soft.

The sausage was succulent and juicy, and had a very distinct taste.

The hash browns were crispy and golden brown and a great addition to the meal.

As I ate my meal I noticed that all of the food had a very light yet pungent taste.

After several attempts to eat the majority of my meal my stomach succumbed to fullness.

I left the restaurant with about 60 to 75 percent of my food in a to go box.

The prices for each entree varied; some were fewer than $10, while other items cost slighty more.

However, the amount of food in each entree makes them easy to share with others.

If you are in a hurry and would like to eat fairly quickly this might not be the best place to go, because it takes awhile to get seated and eat your meal.

Flappy Jack’s is only eight miles away from the University of La Verne, making it a great place to eat if students want to try something new without venturing too far away from campus.

Flappy Jack’s Pancake House Restaurant is located at 640 W. Route 66 in Glendora.

It is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The food, portion size, hospitality and prices easily make up for the wait and the hours.

Michael Phillips can be reached at

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