I’m a big proponent for downtown living, but I know that happy and successful urban living requires the presence and support of local business. So when Lincoln Square Pancake House decided to set up shop in a former car dealership at 2330 N. Meridian Street, I was happy. After months of driving by the breakfast and lunch restaurant, I finally made the time to stop in.
The interior of the restaurant was larger than I expected with a very open layout. The decor was subdued and tasteful and I noticed right away that the restaurant was very clean. There is also a private party room off the entrance.
I was greeted promptly and in a very friendly manner. At 9:00am, the restaurant was at least half-full with customers. Some were business-types. There were a few ladies who lunch (or in the case, breakfast). A handful of retirees rounded out the breakfast crowd. My server arrived at my table quickly to take my drink order and did not seem bothered when I asked for a few minutes to peruse the menu.
When she came back, I ordered a make-your-own omelette with tomatoes and feta cheese. Later, I wished I’d thought to include fresh spinach. Next time. The omelette was big and fluffy — I couldn’t finish it all. It came with shredded hash browns and a choice of bread. I chose wheat toast and was happy to see that it was real wheat toast with visible grains in the braid.
Because I was between meetings, I opened my laptop to get some work done. Happily, Lincoln Square Pancake House has free WIFI. The server was attentive enough to keep my drink refilled without hovering or making me feel like I was a squatter. When she brought my check, she even offered to get me a Diet Pepsi in a to-go cup. The only thing that could have made that better was if they served Diet Coke instead.
As I was paying at the front counter, I noticed a case of delicious-looking pastries, which included baklava and chocolate-dipped, pistachio crusted cannolis. That’s probably a little much for breakfast, but it’s definitely a reason to come back to Lincoln Square for lunch sometime.
Lincoln Square Pancake House on North Meridian Street is open daily from 7:00am to 4:00pm. Its location is convenient to Ivy Tech Community College, the Children’s Museum, Herron High School and Methodist Hospital.