Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner? It's possible at Chip's, which recently opened on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield and serves more than 40 types of pancakes day and night, as well as waffles, omelets, sandwiches, wraps and more.
Alway up for lunch outside the office, our CTNow team of five decided to check it out this new addition to the popular family-owned Chips' restaurants, whose landmark Orange location has won best breakfast spot in both the 2014 readers' polls for Connecticut Magazine and CTNow.
The menu is a lot to take in. Several of us waffled between wanting sweet and savory. A wrap? Waffles? Maybe an omelet. Three of us ended up ordering omelets, two from the menu, ; and one "build your own." Each were around $10.
We also ordered the Eggs Benedict on Belgian waffles and a turkey club. .
While we were waiting for our food, which didn't take long, we grabbed our spoons and sampled the number of flavored syrups sitting on the table. Classic maple, peach, boysenberry and strawberry were among the tasty options.
The food reached our table quickly and was nice and hot. Each large omelet was packed with ingredients, allowing you to taste every element with every bite. My omelet was the bacon, mushroom, avocado and cheddar cheese. I would order it again. The home fries were nicely seasoned and came in a generous serving as well. There were a lot of "mmmm"s going on at the table.
The waffles Benedict, $13.99, came with four little mini waffles, two topped with strawberries and another two with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, gruyere cheese and hollandaise sauce. The combination of the savory eggs benedict with the sweet of the Belgian waffle was delicious.
The turkey club, $9.99, while in need of some mayonnaise, was made with large stacks of freshly sliced turkey. The bread was nicely toasted for that crunch you look for in a classic club. But it was the french fries that stole the show. We all agreed they were among the best we had ever had.
Chip's extensive menu includes such unique options as a Nutella and strawberry waffle for $10.99 and a lobster omelet for $16.99. The list goes on and on, with egg platters, salads, wraps and paninis, even full entrees such as a meatloaf dinner and N.Y. strip steak. Chip's offers a health and fitness section in case you decide to rise above it all while your friends are gorgeing on sugary delights.
Then there are the pancakes. If you can't choose from the mouth-watering options on the menu like cinnabon and banana nut, blueberry or strawberry which range between $8 and $11, you can also create your own. Choose from buttermilk or wheat pancakes at $7.49 for five or $6.49 for a short stack of three. If you build your own, you can load your pancake with items such as Reese's Pieces, fresh fruit, fruit compotes and much more.
Naturally, we had to try the pancakes, so we went with the chocoholic pancake for dessert: five buttermilk pancakes loaded with white and milk chocolate chips drizzled with chocolate sauce, dusted with powdered sugar then topped with whipped cream for $9.59.
Because five of us were sharing, the restaurant individually plated each pancake. The buttermilk batter was buttery and the pancake was cooked perfectly with a slight crunch to the outside. I drizzled mine with the strawberry syrup and it made the perfect flavor combo.
We all felt like we were in food coma, one we knew we would induce again and again. All the portions were generous, the food was delicious, but the pancakes really are on another level.
>>Chip's, 1301 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: 860-757-3500 and chipsrestaurants.com. Chips has three other restaurants in Fairfield, Trumbull and Orange.