Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

Californian | Eclectic | Pancake House
Worth a detour

Bright and airy and just yards from the Pacific Ocean, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is a happy place for breakfast. Opened back in 1961 when Manhattan Beach was a little-known surfers’ paradise, it is an indoor/outdoor café with a giant morning menu that ranges from basic bacon-and-eggs to such crazy-good inventions as potatoes Stroganoff. That’s hash browns crisped on the griddle and mixed with lots of bacon and melty cheese, served under a double dollop of sour cream. Potatoes del Riego is an even fancier version, with peppers, onions, and avocados added.

Waffles are small-tread, not Belgians, available plain or infused with cheese, pecans, raisins and cinnamon, blueberries, or bacon and topped with strawberries, whipped cream, or even ice cream. Pancakes come regular-size or dollar-size in quantities of six or twelve. As for eggs, name your pleasure. I have very much enjoyed a dish called Mitch’s Scramble, a mix of eggs, mild chilies, and cream cheese. Other interesting items on the menu include sourdough French toast with strawberries and bananas and a meal called “Body Builder’s Power Breakfast”: banana-nut buckwheat pancakes and five egg whites.

Breakfast is served all day (until 3pm closing). Lunch features half pound hamburgers (beef, turkey, or vegetarian), sandwiches on grilled sourdough, and salads made with guaranteed-organic lettuce.

What to Eat
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Potatoes Stroganoff
Potatoes Stroganoff
Potatoes Stroganoff: hash browns, bacon, and cheese, topped with sour cream.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Waffle
Non-Belgian waffle aree available with mix-ins and pile-ons. This one sports only butter and syrup.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Hash browns are the right mix of crisp and tender.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Mitch’s Scramble
Mitch’s Scramble
Mitch's Scramble: eggs whirled with mild green chilies and sour cream.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7 am - 3 pm
Monday6 am - 3 pm
Tuesday6 am - 3 pm
Wednesday6 am - 3 pm
Thursday6 am - 3 pm
Friday6 am - 3 pm
Saturday7 am - 3 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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