Pancakes at DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe, minus toads.
Pancakes at DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe, minus toads.
Mark Manger

DJ's Toad-in-a-Hole: Dishes with funny names can be seriously delicious

While doing research - i.e., eating out a lot - for this week's review of DJ's 9th Avenue Café, I encountered Toad-in-a-Hole pancakes. And ever since, I've had fun thinking of other foods with humorous names.

See also: - Photos: DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe opens in the Golden Triangle - Best Eggs Benedict 2012: DJ's Berkeley Cafe - The birth of DJ's Berkeley Cafe, documented!

My favorites? Bubble and squeak, the British dish of cabbage and potatoes, and ants on a log, with raisins tramping along peanut butter-filled celery sticks.

Some names are more misleading than funny, such as Rocky Mountain oysters and head cheese -- these dishes are only funny if you count the looks on people's faces when servers explain what's really in them.

While those oysters and cheese might take some getting used to, DJ's Toad-in-a-Hole pancakes -- made not with amphibians but crispy bacon and an egg in the center - do not. They're delicious. To find out how the rest of the fare at DJ's 9th Avenue stacks up -- and how this second location compares to the original DJ's Berkeley Cafe -- come back tomorrow for the full review.


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