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Millie's Pancake Shoppe (Read 5401 times)
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Millie's Pancake Shoppe
13. Jun 2008 at 14:54
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For quite some time, I've noticed that restaraunts which use the word 'pancake' in their name, always include the word 'house'.  

Ever since the 'International House of Pancakes', I've been on the lookout for a 'pancake restaraunt', but it's always 'house'.  'Sally's Pancake House', 'Grandma's Pancake House', 'Omega Restaraunt & Pancake House', the list goes on and on.

For years now I'd given up.  I began to think that there was some sort of conspiracy regarding it.  I toyed around with the idea of opening a restaraunt and calling it 'Mikes Pancake Restaraunt', just to see what would happen.  Would I be fined and thrown in jail?  Would strange men in dark suits visit me in the middle of the night to 'have a word' with me?

But one day, not long ago, the answer was presented to me.  I was driving with my mother, along Lake Street in Addison Illinois, when she said, "Oh let's go to the pancake shop."  "You mean pancake house" I said, believing her to have made a simple mistake.  "No" she said, "It says pancake shop."

It was then that I came face to face with my destiny.  'Millie's Pancake Shoppe' stood before me, in all its splendor.  Years of fruitless searching, suddenly coming to a happy end.  The food and service were actually really good.  The restaraunt was decorated in a sort of American folk art sort of way, a gift shop called the 'Kozy Korner' was attached with an entrance inside the restaraunt.  Filled with glass paperweights, stuffed animals, scented candles, figurines and even a full sized Christmas Tree, it was a sight to behold.



I'm not exactly sure how this relates to the writings of James P. Blaylock, but I knew right away, at some gut level, that this was the only place where it would be appreciated.  

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Re: Millie's Pancake Shoppe
Reply #1 - 13. Jun 2008 at 15:36
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I can appreciate this. Does seem mildly odd to have to have "house" tacked onto any Pancake-oriented restaurant name.

The convention itself isn't all that singular -- indeed, there are Steak Houses, and here in the south is a smilar chain restaurant named "Waffle House". I know from working for a major online yellow pages that people sometimes would search with "house" for pancakes, and sometimes, not.

It's maybe one of those old time conventions. I wonder if there's not a "Doughnut House" somewhere?

Millie's looks mildly kooky in an American nostalgic kitsch sort of way, so it fits right into a Blaylockian sort of milleau.

Did you see any tornado salt-and-pepper shakers inside, or perhaps a Humpty Dumpty figurine?
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Reply #2 - 17. Jun 2008 at 02:22
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Great find! The apparent conspiracy and indication of some devious plan by unknown dark forces has been revealed!

Beware the Pineapple Pancakes.
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