We keep trying to find really good breakfast spots in Indy, and I am always on the lookout for somewhere new to go. Unfortunately, this is the one meal we rarely get to eat out because of having such young kids who usually want to be fed immediately upon rising. But every once in awhile, the planets align, and we get out somewhere. We have a few regular spots that we liked, but which have fallen off a bit, so we thought we would try Lincoln Square Pancake House and see how it was. They have 4 other locations throughout the Indy area, but we were hitting the one nearest us, at 56th and Emerson. (And I apologize for the phone photos, I left my camera at home.)
Ok, so hubby and I both like bacon and eggs as our favorite classic meal, and that is what we both had. The menu is quite large, but there is nothing really unusual or fancy—lots of omelets, pancakes, and other egg dishes. They do have several “skillet options” as well as a few variations of biscuits and gravy.
I think I have said I am torn about ordering my eggs over easy or over medium because some places get them exactly as I want them—runny yolks and cooked whites, but sometimes you need to get them over easy to make sure they aren’t overdone. Well, I ordered them over medium here (the server described them as exactly how I wanted them) but the kitchen may not have the same definition because they were just a little far beyond with just a little too much of the yolks being cooked. But bacon was pretty good—but like good bacon you might cook at home. I had sourdough toast which was fine and the meal came with what they described as “American fries.” I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant, but since there were also “French fries” on the menu, I was confident they weren’t just fries. They were sliced potatoes that were fried. They were very soft and parts of them reminded me of mashed potatoes that had then been fried in a skillet. The crispy parts were not bad, but there weren’t a lot of them.
I also ordered a biscuit on the side, because I always love a good biscuit, but don’t like to substitute my bread for one unless I know it is worth it. This one was not worth trading in my toast for. It was very soft and I tend to like my biscuits more crunchy on the outside—a little flakier I guess. I did hear someone later order some biscuits “well-done” which is something I wouldn’t have thought of (and having never had them before wouldn’t have known to do it) but not a bad idea with these.
I really did like the diner type atmosphere of the place and our server was exceptionally friendly and efficient. Although the place was quite crowded, we were seated right away and our food brought very promptly. It is also pretty reasonably priced, I think our breakfasts were just under $6, with an extra $1 for the biscuit) It is a decent basic breakfast place— we got our breakfast needs fulfilled, but didn’t walk away thinking anything really wowed us other than the friendliness of the service.
We are still on a quest for great basic breakfast places. If you have one, please share!
Lincoln Square Pancake House
5024 56th Street (at Emerson)