Went to Nashville on business the other week. While I mostly subsisted on hotel food, there are a couple of places I went that I’d like to tell y’all about. (Apparently it only takes a day or two in Tennessee for this former Southern boy’s accent to come back -- at least when I type, anyway.)
The first place is Pancake Pantry. My co-worker Nicole and I arrived in Nashville mid-morning with some time to spare before we could check into the hotel, so we decided to get some breakfast and found this restaurant on Urbanspoon. They’ve got 23 different kinds of pancakes. 23! Who’s tough stuff now, IHOP?
Any place that’ll give you a sample pancake is thumbs up in my book.
While our sample cake was being prepared, I took a look at the rest of the monster menu and tried to narrow down my options. I knew I was on the right track when I asked our server what the most popular varieties are and she named the exact three I was thinking about:
- Sweet Potato, of which the menu said: “Real sweet potatoes in a fluffy batter make this our most unique pancake. Sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. We also recommend cinnamon cream syrup as an accent.”
- Village Smithy Santa Fe Cornmeal Pancakes: “Three stone-ground cornmeal pancakes with chunks of bacon, cheddar cheese and roasted green chiles cooked inside. Recommended with maple syrup, hot picante salsa and sour cream.”
- Sugar & Spice: “Light and tender pancakes made from a special cinnamon and spice batter. Sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Served with applesauce, butter and hot maple or cinnamon cream syrup.”
Which isn’t to say that I didn’t make short work of all five Sugar & Spice pancakes. You’d almost think I wouldn’t have been hungry for the rest of the day.
Almost, but not so much. Because just three hours later we found ourselves at Robert’s Western World, and come on, I couldn’t not get a fried bologna sandwich, right?
(To be continued…)
1796 21st Avenue S | Nashville, TN 37212