National Pancake Day, Memphis Style

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 4th 2014 395 0

It’s National Pancake Day. Sure, you could fight the hungry masses at IHOP to get some for free (and I totally support that decision too because free is free) but here’s another idea: get a stack from one of these fine local establishments.

The Arcade (South Main)

Sit in Elvis’ booth and enjoy a stack of perfect sweet potato pancakes. The Arcade serves breakfast all day. Read more here.

The Pancake Shop (Summer Ave.)

Assignment #48 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to have breakfast at the Pancake Shop, so this is a must for National Pancake Day (or any day). They’re open from 6 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and 24 hours Thursday through Sunday. Read more here. 

Blue Plate Cafe (Court Square downtown)

This sunny, cozy spot will give you mountains of whipped cream with your pancakes. Read more here.

Barksdale’s (midtown) 

From a previous review on this site, regarding the pancakes at Barksdales: “The pancake was seriously awesome. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It was great with just butter on it. It seemed like it had a little bit of a French toast flavor to it.  I want to have this pancake’s babies.” Read more here. 

Bryant’s (Summer Ave)

Having breakfast at Bryant’s (including their potato pancake which yes I am counting as a pancake because yum) is assignment #187 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis. Read more here. 

The Beauty Shop (Cooper Young)


I’m totally cheating on this one because The Beauty Shop’s pancakes are only available for brunch. But these lemon ricotta are so pretty I had to include. Read more about The Beauty Shop here.

This list is by no means meant to be complete. What would you like to see added?


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. rush says:

    Can you confirm that the Pancake Shop (BEST EVAR) is still open 24 hours? I've heard conflicting reports lately.

  2. Leigh says:

    Also try Cafe Eclectic's Buckwheat pancakes, served with real maple syrup. I just love them!

  3. James says:

    Bryants now has a variety of pancakes on their menu, aside from the aforementioned (and delicious) potato pancakes!

  4. Drew Mason says:

    I agree that IHOP may not be the top of my list for local flare but all customers' donations today are going to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital via Children's Miracle Network (til 10pm tonight) So, grab a freee short stack and help out a great cause [just for today 😉  ]

  5. Dang I didn't realized The Beauty Shop did breakfast. I never did go to Bryant's before I left and also never managed to go to any of the awesome brunches around town. Totaly failure. Guess that leaves me things to do when I visist!

  6. Holly Whitfield says:

    Erin, the Beauty Shop only does brunch on Sundays.

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