YORKVILLE – Around these parts, the pancake is the silver dollar in the sky at Silver Dollar restaurant, 102 Stagecoach Trail.
I’ve got to say, I went into this experience not knowing what to expect, as I’ve never dined at this particular restaurant before. I don’t have any particularly strong feelings about diners or even about breakfast being served for dinner, but I’m always down for some good pancakes at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday and I was more than willing to give Silver Dollar a shot.
Before we get to the food part of this piece, however (I know, I know – patience, dear reader), let’s touch on the atmosphere of this place. I personally grew up eating dinner at restaurants like this with my own family and that feeling of nostalgia slowly creeped in as I was eating at Silver Dollar with my guest – and, with all of that said, it definitely has that type of family-friendly aura to it and a pretty impressive kids menu for all of the day’s meals.
It also doesn’t hurt that I really dug the fact that the restaurant really steered into the skid with its decor, more specifically with its President Dwight D. Eisenhower silver dollar mural on one of its walls. All in all, we’re talking a pretty chill diner type of vibe with Silver Dollar.
Since we came around dinner time, we wanted to try to get as wide of an array of food as we possibly could and started with an appetizer of potato skins. We aren’t talking about those tiny types of potato skins; these suckers were huge, with so much bacon and just the right amount of cheese and no onions, no waiting, and they would work perfectly for a family of five. I was so hungry by the time these came around, however, that I had no shame and ate quite a bit of them myself while still saving some room for the main course. I’m happy to report that I regret absolutely nothing.
Following the appetizer, I decided to keep it relatively simple and go with the silver dollar pancakes without whipped cream as my main course – because when in Rome! I personally prefer my pancakes a little more fluffy and cakey than crepe-like, and these did not disappoint in that regard. They were good on their own and were only enhanced with the butter and syrup that came with them.
My guest ended up getting the Southwest omelette meal with coffee, which they said was also good. They said the omelette – which included chicken, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese and jalapeños – was not too heavy and absolutely delicious. They said the chicken was solid and cooked nicely and the omelette as a whole wasn’t terribly spicy, despite the jalapeños.
They also said the hash browns that came with the omelette were very good. They said there was a good amount of butter on them and they weren’t terribly heavy as a result, either.
The service was also good and staff was accommodating with allergy-related concerns, as well. Just as a heads-up, there are some peanut and tree nut products within the kitchen: Bear in mind the Reese’s pancakes and Elvis-themed pancakes on their breakfast menu include peanut butter chunks, along with several other dishes that include pecans and walnuts.
Toward the end of our experience at Silver Dollar, we got a hankering for something sweet and decided to get some chocolate ice cream with whipped cream. Take note, those with allergies: It’s Dean’s ice cream. It was the perfect way to end our stay here.
Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone who is hankering for some breakfast-for-dinner types of dishes – particularly if they’re a fan of the cakey type of silver dollar pancakes.
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