- Get there near closing (3PM) or expect to wait.. and wait... and wait for a table
- Get the famous sweet potato pancakes
- Get half orders so you can try multiple dishes!
Food: With so many options, it is hard to decide, but the wait staff (who seem to have been there forever) are very nice accommodating, even offering to half the orders so you can try different dishes! Your order comes with warm maple syrup as well as a cinnamon cream sauce - both are worth a taste, but honestly you may not even need them as the food is so good by itself.
- Sweet potato pancakes - The most popular item on the menu, think: pancakes made with sweet potato, not thick potato pancakes like you would have for Chanukah! These pancakes are pretty small and thin, but very filling, and I love that they come sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar (the cinnamon was a nice touch). The sweet potato adds a subtle flavor that is absolutely delicious, without making it too heavy a dish. This was particularly good with the cinnamon cream syrup.
- Traditional French toast - Instead of coming out on challah or brioche, the French toast is prepared on thick slices of French bread. It is grilled without getting too moist or mushy, and comes out extra crispy on the top. This, too, is sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon, but I preferred the warm maple syrup as a topping on this one.
Atmosphere: The outside of the Pancake Pantry is beautiful red brick in the middle of the quaint Hillsboro Village neighborhood. The inside of the restaurant is a big open floor plan, that almost makes me feel like I'm in the dining hall at camp. There are black and white photographs lining the walls, and the decor is thoughtful yet simple. Aside from some flies bothering me during my meal, it was a great meal and worth a stop when you're in town.
The Pancake Pantry: 1296 21st Avenue S., 615.383.0659
Sat & Sun: 6AM-4PM (Weekday brunch Mon-Fri 6AM - 3PM)