Ahhh...the Pancake Pantry. Definitely a Nashville institution, the Pantry has been around forever. I remember back when it was just a little hole in the wall that seated about 50 people and the line ran around the building. Now that they have expanded and renovated, the line STILL runs around the building. But oh well. The prices are amazingly good and the service quick. It's also a loud, noisy place that seems to always be busy.
Favorite Dish: I have many favorite dishes at the Pantry. I love the crepes, pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips. I also like the Carribean Pancakes-stuffed with bananas and walnuts and topped with coconuts. The strawberry waffles are good, as are the apple n spice pancakes which come with warm applesauce and apple slices. You really can't go wrong. My mom likes the omlettes, making her the oddball.
Excellent pancakes of pretty much any variety you can dream up. Casual, homelike atmosphere & very popular with the locals. If you arrive and there is a line out the door down the street and around the corner... hurry up & get in it! The wait won't be very long & breakfast will definately be worth it.
If you're a country music fan, keep your eyes open. Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, and more love to eat here.
Favorite Dish: I had sweet potato pancakes with cinamon syrup - my mouth is watering just remembering them!!!
Pancake Pantry is the Original Pancake House (for those of you familiar with the ones in Southern California/Nevada) of Tennessee! Breakfast here is reasonably priced, big portions, and EVERYONE has to wait in line--including those famous Music City stars.
Favorite Dish: Sourdough Pancakes--hard to describe, but definitely worth the 20 minutes we had to stand in line!
Billed as a Nashville Tradition, the Pancake Pantry has been on my "Nashville Bucket List" since I moved here in 2008. It's in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood, which is not close to me so by the time I think about it, I've already had breakfast. Every time I've passed by, there was a line to get in, which is usually a good sign. We finally went last weekend - the line wrapped around the corner. We timed it - just over an hour to get seated. But once we were seated, I could understand the appeal. The staff is very busy, but friendly, and ready with a suggestion if you ask.
Because of the location and proximity to Music Row, I've read about many celebrity sightings here, although I recognized no one during my visit (it was 11am on a Saturday, so I couldn't blame them...). It was very enjoyable, even with the long wait.
Favorite Dish: I was torn between the chocolate chip pancakes and the sugar & spice pancakes, finally opting for the latter. Oh. My. Goodness. They were wonderful! The cinnamon syrup was wonderful on top and the applesauce made for a nice switch-up. It was delicious! You get five pancakes (I managed to finish three...) I will definitely go back!
10/25/11 - I have now been back twice since the original review, both times with out-of-town guests, and they have been impressed. The last time, (10/21/11), the wait was only about 25 minutes. Food was wonderful, again!
Good ( bold) coffee, eggs, breakfast meat, hash brown potatoes or grits and, of course, waffles. Friendly service and smiles. This is NOT a fancy place.... just a place that provides the grits or potatoes with eggs that I would not have at home. Plus, the breakfast is at a VERY good price!
Favorite Dish: Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes.
There can be a long wait but we luckec out and got right in. Casual surroundings and not a place for a leisurely breakfast (someone is probably waiting for your table) but lots of great choices for pancakes.
Favorite Dish: I had the Pecan Pancakes and they were very good. If you like chocolate, their chocolate chip pancakes will more than satisfy. My sister found the country ham too salty to her taste.
The pancakes and the omelets are the best! We were hesitant to go because we had read the service was bad, but we did not experience that. We were pleasantly surprised how good the service was and how quick we got our order since it was a Sunday morning and quite crowded. We enjoyed Pancake Pantry so much we went back the next morning before leaving for the airport. This time it was more relaxed and not quite as hectic and the breakfast was just as good as the day before. It was a perfect setting and atmosphere on a cold snowy morning!!
Favorite Dish: The ham and cheese omelet with a stack of buttermilk pancakes was my favorite, but my husband loved the hashbrowns and jalapeno omelet.