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Head to Jan’s Kitchen this school vacation week and get $1 off your omelette!

(Offer good through Friday)

You may also want to check out their pancake challenge! ICT writer Ron O’Clair did! – R.T.


Jan’s Kitchen Pancake Challenge 

Text and pics by Ron O’Clair

I stopped by Jan’s Kitchen on 580 West Boylston St., Worcester, the day after Easter to drop off a bundle of InCity Times for the customers to read and decided to take on the “Pancake Challenge” for which Jan’s is famous.

All you have to do is eat one pancake within an hour’s time. It is the largest pancake in the universe!

DSCF9076I have taken the challenge before and was unable to finish my flapjack, even though my fellow tenant and friend, “Big Mike,” got to have his picture on “Amanda’s Wall of Fame” for having eaten the “whole thing” in one sitting. Amanda is the late Jan’s daughter; she is head chef and manages the restaurant.


I thought that I could do it this time, I really did. I had not eaten breakfast, and I was quite hungry. So I gave it a try.

Well, let me tell you, that one pancake is as big around as my Renegade Cowboy hat is, and weighs in probably at over a pound of pancake. It fills the large round plate with some hanging over the edge and is as thick as a doughnut in the middle. You can order it plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip. I ordered the blueberry pancake.

As you can see from the photograph, I could only eat one quarter of the pancake. I took home the other three quarters, which fed me for three other days, and all for around $7, with a tip and coffee included.


The pancake was delicious at the restaurant and still delicious at home heated in the microwave on the following three days in which I ate a quarter portion on each day.

If you like a good value, try the Jan’s Kitchen pancake challenge, but I warn you: it is not for the light eater, and only the hearty appetite will complete the challenge. (That’s when you get your picture on “Amanda’s Wall of Fame”!)

Questions or comments? Please email ronaldoclair@hotmail.com