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So you're picky about your pancakes. You used to like 'em doughy, then you preferred them a tad scorched, and now you know you need something down the middle but with a bit of art in them. Beth Barden, quick-witted proprietor of Succotash, the eclectic bruncheonette in Dutch Hill, is the Picasso of the pancake. Each spoonful of batter on the grill here morphs into a unique creation — light and fluffy originals one day, buttery and crepelike for Swedish pancakes another, tightly folded around a mound of ruby-red lingonberries when it's color that you want. And there's more: a deliciously light gluten-free version and a vegan flapjack made with soy milk and seasoned with a touch of fennel and cinnamon. Barden's biggest seller, though, remains the monster that she has been serving from the start, a golden, platter-sized disc that hangs over the side of the plate and requires a cookie sheet to flip. "They have to be eaten the second they come off the grill," she says.