A Hearty Pancake Sandwich and a Gigantic Meat Sandwich in Salt Lake City

 

They're rightly called "Heavenly Hotcakes" at Penny Ann's Cafe. These have bacon and eggs in the middle

They’re rightly called “Heavenly Hotcakes” at Penny Ann’s Cafe. These have bacon and eggs in the middle

After eating a tofu scramble in Salt Lake City the day before, I’m ready for some real eggs and bacon, better yet piled between two pancakes. At *Penny Anns Cafe, they’re called “Heavenly Hotcakes”, with good reason. Yes, they’re platter big but fluffy and flavourful, thanks to the use of sour cream in the scratch-made batter. So good that even after I’m full and the remains have cooled, I can’t help nibbling. Though I must draw the line when I’m offered a slice of one of the many pies baked in the kitchen each day.

Penny Ann’s is a cozy, friendly place, with more than half a dozen family members, over three generations, running the place; it’s named after the middle sister. “We weren’t popular in school, but we sure are now,” says another smiling sister, Cindy, noting they’re planning to open a second location to accommodate the demand.

Lovely Cindy is just one of half a dozen family members who run Penny Ann's Cafe

Lovely Cindy is just one of half a dozen family members who run Penny Ann’s Cafe

Penny Ann’s Cafe
1810 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
Weekdays 7 am-3 pm, weekends 7 am-2 pm
Penny Ann's Cafe on Urbanspoon

It’s only a block south to my next meal, at *Grove Market, where the fresh Ambassador rolls are mercifully a little late arriving, giving me a few extra minutes of digestion. I’m here for their famous sandwiches, or should I say small loaves of bread stuffed, and I mean stuffed, with meats. Consider the Big John, a combo of ham, turkey, roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, salami and bologna (am I possibly missing any deli meats?), along with Swiss and American cheese and a long list of fixings.

The sign isn't the only old-fashioned thing about Salt Lake City. So are the splendid deli sandwiches

The sign isn’t the only old-fashioned thing about Grove Market. So are the splendid deli sandwiches

“How much does it weigh?” I warily ask my assembler. “Oh, about a pound,” he says, straight faced. Right. I order half a Big John ($7), sans bologna, and sit back to watch the laying on of meats. After a flurry of activity, he hands me the wrapped sandwich, which I immediately place on a professional scale. It’s just shy of 1-3/4 pounds. One-and-three-quarter freaking pounds for half a sandwich. That’s almost the weight of a litre bottle of water.

This "half" sandwich at Grove Market is threatening my wrist

This “half” sandwich at Grove Market is threatening my wrist

Needless to say, it’s delicious, though I can’t spot a famished family to share it with. “Call your cardiologist,” someone wrote in an online review. I believe he’s on standby.

Grove Market
1906 South Main Street, Utah
Monday to Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-3 pm. Closed Sunday
Grove Market & Deli on Urbanspoon

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