We re-visited J. Christopher’s on 27 December 2009.
Marek and I were sleeping, and sleeping well. When Mom says, “We’re going to J. Christopher’s! You call yourselves Pancake Professionals?! GET UP GET UP! Let’s go get pancakes! Time’s a-wastin! How can you sleep at a time like this? I’m Hongreeeeeeee……”
(Mom’s “in a family way.” She can drag us out of bed for breakfast as much as she likes!)
Inside is expansive and stylish. They can sling a lotta pancakes in this joint.
We had an exceptionally immense breakfast. The kind that should come with a cigar, a martini, and a million dollar business deal.
This is an impressive spread. The kind you almost wish you dressed up for. It’s definitely good enough to share with friends!
When we were done, Marek paid the bill.
Our waitress was a very nice girl named Liza. You don’t meet a Liza every day! Well, unless you work at J. Christopher’s with her, I guess. Marek chased her down to give her a fist full of dollars!
So at the end of the day, there’s only two things I don’t care for at J. Christopher’s. The first is that it’s such a nice place — not a hint of grease anywhere. Bill, the proprietor, has told us that they are, in fact, NOT a chain, but they still have a high degree of polish. You would expect an executive chef in the back, and not a phalanx of authentic grannies (*) plying ancient hand-woven recipes.
The second is the bill. J. Christopher’s is Not Cheap for breakfast. I’m NOT saying that it’s not worth it, because the food is simply fabulous and the people are wonderful, but save your pennies when you go!
All that said, it’s just great food. Bill, I told you last time that we were docking you a half a point for being a chain. Since you’re not a chain after all, we’ll make good on it and grant the bump. Those blueberry crunch pancakes are awesome. We’re pleased to give J. Christopher’s a Tampa Bay Breakfasts four and a half pancake rating.
(*) I just verified, there is no other usage of the phrase “phalanx of authentic grannies” on the Internet. Just ask Google. Innovation every day, here at Tampa Bay Breakfasts.