Sometimes when you least suspect it your idea of the perfect golden flapjack is forever shaped by your childhood memories. Why we love them? Every kid knows, you get dessert for breakfast no arguments. They’re a mainstay in greasy spoon dinners, a restaurant chain golden child, and today you can get them in the freezer aisle of any grocery store or the dairy section out of a squeeze can. Any good flapjack flipper knows you stay with the basics and add very little to make them great. Yes, pancakes are a human obsession and we are always finding ways to create the perfect golden stack.
Gillie’s Vegetarian & Seafood Restaurant (est. 1974)
153 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Monday ‘” Friday 7am ‘” 9pm, Saturday 8am ‘”9pm and Sunday Brunch Only (8-2)
The choices are simple buttermilk and multi-grain you can get them regular (salad plate sized) or silver dollar size and your choice of blueberries, bananas or in season strawberries. The accompaniments are simple butter, syrup, and whipped cream. Not exactly dirt-cheap dinner prices but almost very reasonable considering the wholesome quality you are getting and well generous portions. Ah, the buttermilk pancakes tender light bliss. The multi-grain is surprisingly hearty yet light and fluffy. In 2007 they had buckwheat pancakes it was perfection light and not dense. The ‘˜buckwheat pancakes’ assuming they dropped them off the menu cause of availability or cost but they were on to something. That something patrons health buckwheat is adaptable to folks with celiac disease as low -glutton, heart disease as low-fat, low sodium, high in fiber, if using the right oil lowers cholesterol levels, and diabetes as it aids glucose tolerance.
The menu’s side options are fantastic with vegetarian fare, fresh squeezed juices, classic dinner bottomless cup-of-Joe, fresh baked jumbo (softball sized) biscuits & fresh breads, good yogurt and great omelet options. The atmosphere speaks soul of the classic greasy spoon, a passion for home-style wholesome quality and a pleasant touch of bohemian gastronomy. The people are friendly as the place hums with activity. The establishment simple as an old mom & pop operation, the facilities are clean and there is outside dinning weather permitting. The facility is family friendly, handicap accessible, street parking and occasional live music. The main reason to make the trip here well there’s college football, college basketball, nearby state parks and the fall foliage display in autumn can build a appetite. The best feature they’re food quality, enviromental green, social and cultural business practice (local grown, organics, healthy options, vegetarian options, fair pricing, and support of local economy not to mention the arts). All coming from a small business Gillie’s are my heroes!
4001 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Mon- Tue (6 am ‘” 3 pm) Wed ‘” Fri (6 am ‘” 9 pm) Sat ‘” Sun (6am ‘”2pm)
The best small dive in town the prices are cheap their pancakes are you average classic dinner style. The choices for filling are apple, blueberry, banana and chocolate chip. The favorite ‘Pancake Stacker’ that’s one pancake with 2 eggs, sausage and smothered in sausage gravy a side of home fries you’ll be full till dinnertime. Oh yeah, my doctor won’t be happy but I sure will be! The staff always friendly, I’ve spent many a morning doing homework before going off to high school back then you could eat high on the hog if you had two dollars.
Today the early bird special still rocks. Oh, do try there Wed-Fri dinner specials if you have a chance great home-style cooking for cheap! It reminds me of the days I worked at F.W. Woolworth’s in my teens. The facilities are are family friendly, handicap accessible, clean and the decor classic no frills mom & pop. McLean’s Restaurant will be moving to a larger facility soon in November just 4 blocks east on the 3201 block of Broad Street. I so plan to welcome their new digs when they open. Ode to Joy that my old high school haunt is still around and yes they have been around for 30yrs for a very good reason!
Westwood Fountain (located inside Westwood Pharmacy)
5823 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, Va 23226
M-F (7am ‘”4pm) Saturday (7 am ‘” 3:30 pm) & Sun (8 am ‘” 2 pm)
I love grill cooks the music they make on the grill with those metal spatulas makes me think poor dubbed martial arts movies. They are so grill ninjas here and for good reason this place is always packed the quality excellent and the staff oh my god could be the NASCAR pit crew of the year! Yes, I’m a plain Jane here ordering my pancakes, egg and taters bottomless cup-of-Joe. Why I order my pancakes plain here well the quality is just that good for the classic golden stacks. Yes, your cup will never see the bottom once they do the sacred first pour here like it’s strictly unholy to see the bottom! Good reason for constant business plenty of patrons from nearby St. Mary’s Hospital and yes ladies, occasional cute firemen and policemen.
I love the whole classic corner lunch counter vibe reminiscent of F.W. Woolworth’s or G.C. Murphy’s were around, yes I worked for both. I spend plenty a Sunday’s here before walking off the calories to my favorite used bookshop and other great nearby shopping. The facilities are clean, family friendly, off street parking and the wait service great. Yes, the lunch menu is great the burgers awesome I wonder why I bother grocery shopping nearby for bacon, ground chuck and a carton of egg? The daily specials are so easy on the wallet you can bring out the whole family. Breakfast such a value on many occasions the tip more than the breakfast cost I still managed to walk out almost under $10 now you can’t beat that!
a patron of Gillie’s since January 1990 I can’t seem to visit enough, a patron of McLean’s high school 1987-1990 recent trip in June and patron of Westwood Fountain Lunch counter patron 1998 since moving into Henrico a Sunday morning treat.
Info on Buckwheat health & nutrition: The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2009, Ann Lee & The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Deli, India ‘”research 1987-1989