Pancake Pantry serves scratch-made pancakes that are uncommonly good. Located in trendy Hillsboro Village, the Pancake Pantry has been a Nashville staple for decades. The line starts forming before Pancake Pantry opens at 6 am and can extend a full city block. The wait is well worth it for any choice of the 23 unique varieties of pancakes, waffles, omelets, and other delectable menu items.
Pancake Pantry originated when founder, Robert Baldwin, visited his friend, Jim Gerding, in East Tennessee. Gerding was talking about opening up a flapjack house in Gatlinburg and wanted to call it Pancake Pantry. Baldwin loved the idea and agreed to franchise the restaurant with just a small royalty price for the name. The deal was sealed over a gentleman’s handshake, and Pancake Pantry was born. Robert Baldwin’s children grew up in the Pantry, and son, David Baldwin, would eventually take over the family business. David made Pancake Pantry a hallmark of the Nashville community by treating his staff and visitors like family. Many of his waitstaff served entire careers under his management. When Baldwin retired in 2017, he hand-picked the new owner, Crosby Keltner, for his skill and promise of maintaining continuity.
Pancake Pantry’s batters and syrups are made from top-secret family recipes, and their specialty flours are sourced in the mountains of East Tennessee. Guests can choose from an abundance of sweet and savory options like the Chocolate Sin, a light crepe style pancake stack loaded with chocolate ganache and topped with raspberry compote, powdered sugar, and whipped cream, or the Santa Fe, a cornmeal based stack filled with bacon, cheddar, green chilis, and topped with Picante and sour cream.
For diners who don’t love pancakes or waffles, custom omelets and grilled medleys are available. The Pancake Pantry stays open for lunch and offers a large selection of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Favorites from the lunch menu include the Baldwin’s Dipper, a chuck patty and melted Swiss on rye served with sour cream and horseradish dip, and the Village Veggie, a full-flavored pepper, mushrooms, and goat cheese melt served on a hoagie or in a wrap.
Pancake Pantry is open from 6 am - 3 pm on weekdays, and stays open an extra hour until 4 pm on weekends. Reservations are not available, but to skip the line, the Pantry recommends coming at non-peak hours. Parking is available behind the building and visitors are encouraged to explore the boutiques, coffee shops, and nearby Belcourt Theater.
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