Pancake Place serves the best breakfast and hash browns in Green Bay
GREEN BAY – Hash browns are an underrated breakfast treat. Credit the crisp-to-tender ratio of hash browns for making it the breakfast equivalent of French fries.
Though they’re a perfect accompaniment to any breakfast companion, hash browns are elevated to the center of the plate at The Pancake Place. Technically, it’s the whole plate because these hash browns are stuffed with ingredients usually reserved for omelettes, like onions, peppers, mushrooms, cheese, sausage, bacon, taco meat and gyro meat roasted on a spit, then topped with more cheese, Hollandaise sauce and country. sausage sauce. Not all at once because that would be madness. Right?
Taken to the heights, these hash browns turn the most important meal of the day into a treasure trove of flavor.
Stuffed hash browns aren’t something new at this long-running Green Bay breakfast, which has won 13 consecutive Best of the Bay awards for best breakfast.
Pancake Place is the breakfast-lunch equivalent of a supper club. Regulars are greeted by name. A streamlined menu sticks to traditional favorites. Eggs, bacon and sausages are staple foods. Fad foods need not apply. All accompanied by stiff cups of black coffee. The closest you’ll get to a fancy coffee drink is adding cream or sugar from the condiment tray on each table. The kitchen is made from scratch. Portions for two – people or meals – are standard. Pancakes are half an inch thick and cover the entire plate.
“I was told to make the plates bigger,” owner Theresa Barlament said. “I can’t, the cooks will just make them a lot bigger.”
The Pancake Place, unsurprisingly, does a lot of pancakes – over 200 on a busy Sunday morning.
Barlament bought The Pancake Place in 2007 after his corporate work was shipped to New York. She wanted to own a business and had a lot of experience at Pancake Place. She started working at The Pancake Place when she was 14. During her high school and college years, she served as a waitress, hostess, and manager.
She knew how not to touch tradition.
While a few wrinkles have been added to the menu since Barlament took over, regulars still enjoy dishes prepared the same way for decades.
Pancake is in the name of the restaurant, but the stuffed hash browns are the signature item.
For good reason.
Each order includes two generous layers of hash browns filled with two eggs cooked your way. Before defaulting to scrambled, I have a pro tip for you. Barlament likes to order his eggs more easily to get the yolk through the hash browns. I fully approve of this choice.
The Pancake Place stuffs its hash browns six different ways a day, plus a monthly special. All come with a choice of toast, English muffin, blueberry muffin or bagel. Whatever your order of stuffed hash browns, it’s a two-day project for most clean rangers.
Specialty stuffed hash browns include a tailgate with brats or a chicken dinner that includes stuffing and gravy.
The best seller among regulars is the country style filled with melted cheddar cheese, chunks of sausage, and topped with country sausage sauce.
For breakfast traditionalists, there’s a classic stuffed hash brown with sautéed onions, peppers and ham and a Benedict version topped with Hollandaise sauce.
The Mexican style features taco meat in the middle with a salsa topping.
Another choice includes a homemade spicy chili pepper.
The gyro-stuffed hash brown was the latest to join the list of regulars.
“We’re kind of known for our gyro because we roast our gyro meat here,” Barlament said. “A Greek gentleman first founded The Pancake Place, so we continued gyroscopes.”
So the next time you and your friends can’t agree on pancakes or gyros for lunch, you’ll know where to go.
In addition to gyros, The Pancake Place offers a solid array of fondues, wraps, sandwiches, salads and a trio of homemade soups for lunch every day. The most popular sandwich is a tender crispy chicken melt sandwich with bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese on toasted sourdough bread with ranch dressing.
Breakfast is served all day.
If you go to The Pancake Place
What: Classic American cuisine for breakfast and lunch, known for its plate-sized pancakes and stuffed hash browns.
When: Open daily from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 143 S. Military Avenue, Green Bay.
How: Dine in and take out.
Contact: http://eatpancakeplace.com; Facebook @thepancakeplace; 920-499-2221.