The mag convinced Al's co-owner Doug Grina to share his recipe and a few pancake-making tips. Though the secret to the perfection of Al's signature meal may be due to the hard-won sheen on the diner's vintage griddle, this should get you a close approximation.[jump]
Al's Breakfast Buttermilk Pancakes 3 cups flour 1 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp sugar 2 eggs 1 quart buttermilk Half a stick melted butter
Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk and eggs. Pour the dry mix into the wet mix, beating it in quickly while you pour. Beat in the melted butter. Spoon the batter onto the non-stick griddle or pan and proceed to brown and flip your pancakes (be patient--wait for the bubbles!).