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For a hearty breakfast before a day of sightseeing, hiking, or mountain biking, there’s just one place to go in Hot Springs: The Pancake Shop. They’ve been serving hungry locals and visitors since 1940 and are one of the oldest family-run establishments in Arkansas. It originally opened as Mason’s Pancake Shop but was purchased a few times before its current owners in 1966. Since then, the restaurant even started selling their beloved items like coffee, ham, and pancake mix, around the country.
It’s in the name, so obviously the pancakes are worth ordering. But be warned that they’re very large. Add on toppings like apples, blueberries, or bananas. Their ham and sausage are made fresh so meat-lovers should order a side. I opted for the French toast, pictured below, which was delicious. Their freshly squeezed juices and strong coffee also pair well with your breakfast.
If You Go
The Pancake Shop is located at 216 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901. They’re open daily for breakfast from 6:00 am to 12:45 pm. Parking is available on the street. Be prepared to wait on weekends.
I visited The Pancake Shop on a trip coordinated by Visit Hot Springs and Geiger Public Relations.