Stacks Pancake House – Captain Mac Nut French Toast
Stacks Pancake House
14421 Culver Dr. · Irvine, CA 92604
Who would have thought that French toast would be one of the best things on the menu at a restaurant dubbed Stacks Pancake House? The Captain Mac Nut French Toast, featuring Cap’N Crunch cereal pieces and crushed macadamia nuts, prepared with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread, accomplishes that feat by being a star for breakfast.
In addition to the four toast triangles covered with cereal and macadamias, bright strawberries adorn the center of the plate. A few parsley sprigs garnish the top, a touch of complementary green to the red fruit that breaks up the otherwise neutral colors on the bare white platter. Powdered sugar heavily dusts one isosceles; the remaining three only get a light sifting on top. Fresh whipped butter comes in a plastic portion cup in the corner all by its lonesome.
From the first bite to the last, each bit of French toast is packed with mighty crunch. Whether from the corn and oat cereal pieces or the macadamia morsels, the bread delivers exceptional texture all around. Practically every inch of the bread, even the sides of the crust, are commanded and conquered by the Captain.
Creamy, buttery white nuts really round out the flavors and mimic the rocky, crisp nature of the cereal. The rich flavor imparted by the macadamias really elevates the toast from ordinary to dynamic. Moreover, they bolster the bread with good, natural fats and some protein. The coarse pieces adhere to the bread firmly, a result of the cereal bits and macadamia nuts being pressed into the bread after a dip in the batter before being sautéed golden brown. The Hawaiian bread toasts up perfectly while the already tanned cereal gets a nice browning.
Sweetness is subtle; the commercial sugariness of the Cap’N rides the waves with the inherent sweetness of King’s Hawaiian bread into a breakfast dish that works. Stacks Pancake House has a coconut syrup as well as traditional maple syrup in squeeze bottles for even more sweetness that completes the French toast experience. .
The best addition to the French toast are the strawberry halves and quarters in the center of the plate. At the height of their ripeness at the onset of summer, the California berries supply natural freshness that really jazzes up the flavors. The eye appeal of the dish jumps out tremendously with the addition of these plump, brilliant red fruits. It’s like eating cereal with fruit, or toast with berries, for breakfast – a classic pairing either way. Smear some of the butter on a piece of the toast for supplementary creaminess and even more richness.
8.59 for the Captain Mac Nut French Toast is a fair price to pay for a delicious start to the morning. Combining the classic childhood cereal captain with another morning favorite and traces of Hawaiian influence, results in a satisfying breakfast that will keep you fueled for a good part of the day. Stacks Pancake House is a local favorite spot in Irvine, and the Captain Mac Nut is one of the reasons why. The French toast at this Hawaiian establishment with pancake in its name is the real deal.