Whenever you include the name of of the food your restaurant serves in the title you are making a bold statement. Especially, when alliteration is used. Pancake Pantry makes this statement, and has the pancakes to back it up. I was in Nashville for the Imaging USA photography conference and met up with my friend Shannon. Taylor, “We are going to Pancake Pantry” she said. Notice how that was not a question. Shannon grew up in Nashville and knows it is the place for pancakes when you are there.
As you can see Shannon was right. I was boring and decided to stick with bacon, eggs, and a stack of their original pancakes. My rational for this was to see how good the pancakes were without out any fancy toppings. Strictly traditional with butter and syrup of course. On the menu it states that Pancake Pantry was started in 1961 with the idea to create uncommonly good pancakes.
With my first bite I must agree. Maybe it was the Nashville water? Maybe the secret flour they get from mills in eastern Tennessee? or maybe the person cooking them? Whatever their secret was I will let them keep it. All I know is they succeeded in creating an uncommonly good pancake. All the key factors were there. It was served warm, tasted light and fluffy, cooked until done, not soggy and under done, and not burned and over done. That nice golden brown color that tells you “I am done and ready to eat”
Shannon on the other hand was no rookie when it comes to Pancake Pantry. She told the waitress to surprise her with either the Caribbean (pancakes topped with banana, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and powdered sugar) the Raspberry Delight (Red raspberry compote tucked inside of a thin pancake topped with more compote, powdered sugar and real whip cream) and Chocolate Chip (no description necessary here). I guess the waitress knew how good they were and was kind enough to bring Shannon one of each. I was too full to try what Shannon was presented with, but I am confident they tasted as good as the look.
When we had finished our meal there was a long line that had formed outside. To me a line at a restaurant= I have hundreds of choices, but the food is so good here that I am willing to wait for it. That is always a good sign. After my experience at Pancake Pantry I would gladly wait in that line.