Since I’ve moved to Nashville almost a year ago, most everyone knows that I’ve been trying to find new places to eat. So when Haley asked her friends about some good restaurants, The Pfunky Griddle was suggested to her by her friend Amy. (Which also reminds me: if you have a suggestion, let me know!) So on that note, I ended my feasting of fine food last weekend with a visit to The Pfunky Griddle. The Pfunky Griddle is located in the city of Berry Hill (a municipality of Metro Nashville) off I-65. For those of you not familiar where that is, it’s located off Branson Avenue right adjacent to 100 Oaks Mall. You’ll know when you are in the right area when you start to see handfuls of quaint bungalows-turned-shops with large hand-painted signs along the road.
The Pfunky Griddle was explained to me as a place for breakfast…specifically pancakes. For those of you not really in the mood for breakfast, they do serve an assortment of lunch items such as sandwiches, salads, and a soup of the day. I was told their sandwiches were delicious, but you will really be missing out on the unique experience if you choose not to get breakfast.
The thing that makes The Pfunky Griddle unique is that the entire house is turned into a restaurant and that you cook your food yourself. Decorated with hand-painted interior walls, the dining area consists of a few cozy rooms with tables modified to incorporate a large griddle in the center. I do believe they offer outdoor seating, but I didn’t investigate it so I could be wrong.
The main attraction here is the all-you-can-eat pancakes offered with both unbleached white batter and organic 5-grain batter with your choice of a single topping for $6.99. If pancakes aren’t your cup of tea, they also offer common breakfast items ranging from eggs and bacon to French toast and grits. Be warned though, while unlimited pancakes seem like a steal, things can get pricey because everything else is a la carte. My ticket ended up being close to $20 just for my meal alone.
As for the food itself, how good is it? It’s all dependent on your level of culinary prowess and what you order. I ordered the all-you-can-eat pancakes with a side of sliced strawberries, 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties, and a plate of biscuits and gravy. I consider myself a decent cook, so it was no problem for me to cook my own meal. Despite the work you put into it, it was actually kind of fun. I was able to make 6 non-burned, oval, white batter pancakes and two silver dollar 5-grain pancakes. I personally don’t like anything that is whole wheat/whole grain unless it is sandwich bread but seeing how I’ve never had this kind of batter, I gave it a shot. The taste is very similar to whole wheat pasta (which I hate due to the gritty texture and earthy taste). The white pancakes were good, but the batter isn’t anything to go bananas about. After putting a heap of butter and syrup on the pancakes, it made them obviously better.
As for the eggs, they go only as far as a heated griddle with table salt & pepper can take them. I usually like my eggs over medium but without any toast, there was no point. So I just converted the raw eggs into heap of scrambled ones.
The sausage patties were precooked (which I didn’t mind) because cooking sausage from raw sausage takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I’m assuming the bacon they offer is the same way so I commend The Pfunky Griddle for trying to cut the wait time down since you have to cook your own food.
Finally we get to their biscuits and gravy which I vote as the best thing they have. I love biscuits and gravy and I can remember the days when my friend Sam and I would talk about and biscuits and gravy whenever we got a chance. The creamy gravy is loaded with coarse black pepper and big chunks of sausage over fluffy biscuits. It is so good.
In the end, I left The Pfunky Griddle happy because my stomach was happy and my taste buds were happy because breakfast food is one of the most delicious foods available. While some of you may balk at the idea of paying to cook your food, it’s the experience you’re paying for. There’s nothing like bonding with others over cooking things together and The Pfunky Griddle isn’t the first to do it. People who enjoy camping or bonfires do it and even upscale places like The Melting Pot incorporate it as well. So grab your significant other, your family, or a group of friends and have fun with it.
|The Pfunky Griddle
2800 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204-3102
Bill Total: $19 For Two