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Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 86

"You wanna treat?"

Within my dog's limited human vocabulary, the word "treat" has a special meaning. His eyes twinkle. And with his tail wagging, he opens his mouth slightly, panting a steady rhythm. A pool of drool starts in the sides of his mouth.

This is the emotion I associate with when I think about Hell's Kitchen's Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes. Fluffy, warm, and tangy, with just the right amount of sweetness, it's a real treat in the most glorious sense of the word.

Thank goodness, then, that you can order them almost any time of day. Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes are like sunshine on a plate in this dungeon-like basement restaurant.

Skip the syrup and ditch the knife: The powdered sugar and berries give just enough sweetness without overwhelming the delicate lemon fragrance. And these babies are so fluffy a fork alone can easily cut through three stacks.

Hell's Kitchen's famed Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes were even tasted and approved by Conan O'Brian
Hell's Kitchen's famed Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes were even tasted and approved by Conan O'Brian
Kei Terauchi

Take one bite to revel in its warmth and tenderness. Take another to explore the gentle citrus flavor. One more bite, and you will be hooked, salivating like my dog at the word "treat" from this day forward.

HELL'S KITCHEN 80 S. Ninth St. Minneapolis, 612.332.4700; Hell's Kitchen website

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