Neighborhood: Lower East Side, 4 Clinton St. (between East Houston and Stanton)
The scoop: Ever wonder what a human zoo would look like? Take a stroll to Clinton St. and you will see groups of hungry people waiting for their names to be called for brunch at Clinton St. Baking Company. I know how crazy the wait can be so I decided to go by myself in hopes of minimizing my wait time. Unfortunately, the wait for one person was an hour and for two or more people it was about two hours. Once my name was called, I gladly entered the restaurant and saw their delicious pastries and muffins that are sold in front. The right side all the way to the back is where parties of two or more are seated. There are six seats to the left of the restaurant where the solo diners or parties of two eat. I was seated comfortably at the counter so I was high enough to scope out the front of the restaurant. As I was looking around, I noticed that it was very clean, the servers were very friendly, and all the customers were happily enjoying their food.
Bottoms up: The drink menu has an assortment of beverages from fresh squeezed orange juice, bloody Marys and spiked iced Mexican coffee to shakes made with delicious ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
Herbal raspberry iced tea $3
This was a nice cold drink with a hint of raspberry. It is a good option if you want a cold beverage that isn’t sweet at all.
Chew on this:
I only have love for the food at Clinton St. Baking Co. I have been here numerous times and have tried everything from the egg dishes to the burgers, and I’ve never had a complaint. I personally think they make the best pancakes so I couldn’t pass them up after my hour wait.
Pancakes with warm maple butter $13 / Wild Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk
I decided to order the Maine blueberry pancakes, and I wasn’t disappointed. The three fluffy pancakes were covered with blueberries with powdered sugar on top. The pancakes were nice and warm, and I was pleased to see steam as I stuck my fork into my food. The warm, delicious, buttery pancakes melted in my mouth, and the blueberries added a little something extra. The maple butter is delicious, but these pancakes are good on their own, so I randomly dipped only a couple of pieces into the butter. Believe it or not, but steam was coming out of the pancakes even until my last bite.
The final bite: I absolutely love the food here, but do not come here if you are starving because the one-to-two-hour wait is outrageous. The food is definitely worth the wait, though!
Reviewed by: Victoria