Diner Cook Gets Creative With Pancakes (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - NBC33

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM EDT

MISSOURI (NBC33) -- Pancakes are more than just breakfast at one diner. If Doctor Dan, The Pancake Man is at the griddle, it's a work of art.

Pass by Courtesy Diner and you get a pretty good idea of what's being served.

"If it's diner food we probably do it," said Dan Drake, one of the cooks.

But order sausage and eggs and you might be missing the best this place has to offer, at least if Drake's at the griddle.

He's a man who puts a new spin on getting creative in the kitchen. It's something he started playing with about four years ago, after he saw someone make a Mickey Mouse pancake.

"I told myself I would make these goofy pancakes for the next person who came in so I did. I made this huge ridiculous smiley face and I put it in front of him and I wasn't sure how he would feel about it and he looked up and locked eyes with me for a second and then he just started laughing," Drake said.

The customer left a $15 tip, and batter has been his canvas ever since.

"My rule is I take requests, but I don't make promises because it is pancake batter, and if I mess up a line or something like I work for somebody, food costs you know," Drake adds.

Not everything comes out picture perfect. But his creations almost always get a smile.

So it might not be on the menu, but Drake's pancakes are selling like hot cakes and in the process leaving customers full in more ways than one.

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