On our 3rd morning in Montauk (after a few other Hamptons meals), we decided to try John’s Pancake House, which is right on main street in the center of town. It reminded me of the pancake houses on the Jersey Shore. In fact, Montauk reminded me in total of the Jersey Shore, except with fewer teenagers. That is until the Montauk St. Patty’s Day Parade, which is an annual parade a few weeks after St. Patrick’s Day that for some reason magnetizes the teenagers from all over Long Island to show up, drunk, and make a mess. (It got so bad we actually left Montauk just after the parade ended and the highschoolers descended).
Anyway… back to John’s.
We were sat at a kitschy (and sticky) breakfast counter due to lack of seating. The waitresses all look like they have been there forever.
Mike went with the western omelet. It was a very classic omelette with very classic breakfast potatoes.
I got a side of the corned beef hash (which was a huge portion). The charred side was delicious, though it had some of the gritty texture that makes corned beef hash a bit less than delectable.
And I got the banana pancakes. These were classic pancakes with a bit of banana in them. Could have used some more banana.
Overall, John’s is exactly what it looks like. A run-down, classic diner that has been around forever and serves classic, good-enough food that they have no desire to change. It’s good fuel, but not exactly a tourist draw.
Total Nom Points: 6 out of 10