Daniel Drake, or Dr. Dan the Pancake Man, has been creating mouthwatering pancake art at the Courtesy Diner in St. Louis, Missouri, for almost five years.
"It's like a doodle but it's in pancakes so people think it's awesome," Dan, who works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the diner, tells KSDK.
Thanks to a recent Reddit post that linked to a photo of one of Dan's impressive "dancakes," Dan's sweet creations are now getting some international attention.
"I'll try [to make] anything," Dan, a musician who moonlights as a novelty pancake maker, tells the Riverfront Times from behind the counter at Courtesy Diner. "I can draw, so if I can draw it, I can probably make it in pancakes."
He says his first fun pancake was inspired by a slow shift.
"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," Dan recalls.
The customer tipped him $15 — and Dan never looked back.
Dan's Facebook page boasts photos of some of his best flapjacks, from Aladdin to Nyan Cat to a giraffe to a "unicorn sh*tting on a rainbow."
Dan recently visited the TODAY show and created edible portraits of the morning show's hosts on-air — and took viewer requests, which included a Kanye West flapjack.
"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," Dan tells KSDK, calling his batter mishaps "happy disasters."
And, yes, some customers do request plain ol' pancakes.
"On request I do make weird normal 'round' pancakes," he writes on Reddit. -- by Nadine Kalinauskas