Perkins Family Restaurants Potato Pancakes copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Perkins Family Restaurants Potato Pancakes

Score: 4.44. Votes: 9
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When Matt and Ivan Perkins tasted the food at Smitty's Pancake House in Seattle, they were smitten. Soon they had purchased the rights to William Smith's recipes, which had been perfected at his renowned restaurant that opened just after the end of World War II. In 1958, the brothers opened their own Smitty's restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, and eventually changed the name from Smitty's to Perkins. 

If you've never tried potato pancakes from Perkins, or any restaurant, now's the time with this copycat recipe. I've given you the option to make the potatoes with frozen hash brown potatoes or with fresh potatoes you shred by hand. It's up to you. Use maple syrup on these hotcakes, or go for a little butter and powdered sugar on top.

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Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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Score: 4.44. Votes: 9
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Jun 13, 2016, 22:00

Years ago, I worked as a prep cook for Perkins restaurant, which meant one of my responsibilities was making the batter for these. I loved these so much, I STILL remember the recipe, and this is it! The only thing missing is the sour cream on the side. Enjoy folks, this is PERFECT!!

Nov 7, 2014, 22:00

Hands down best recipe for Perkin's Potato Pancakes. I've tried scores of "just like Perkin's" recipes over the years trying to get that taste,as there were no Perkin's near me when I lived in VA after leaving PA. We are now retired and in SC and still no Perkin's. We go to FL every few months and I head right to Perkin's. Ate many Perkin's potato pancakes over the years and this recipe is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing it!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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