A Whole Lotta Soul

The Goody Pancake House serves up flawless fare

There are two very weak links at the Goody Pancake House. One is the salad bar. Its offerings are largely uninspired, and the produce -- particularly the brown-tipped iceberg lettuce and the soggy cucumbers -- can look downright unappealing and past its prime. Hominy corn is the one truly quirky item, but truth be told, it's too salty and dry to mesh well in salads. The one bright spot: When the croutons are homemade -- which they are occasionally, and you'll be able to tell when they look like fried wontons rather than something off a supermarket shelf -- they are so delicious that you could justifiably help yourself to a bowl of them and call it a meal.

JT Brown, owner of the Goody Pancake House, serves up the soul food on North Tucker Boulevard.
Jennifer Silverberg
JT Brown, owner of the Goody Pancake House, serves up the soul food on North Tucker Boulevard.

Location Info


Goody Pancake House

714 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101-1112

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Goody Goody Diner

5900 Natural Bridge Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63120

Category: Restaurant > Diner

Region: St. Louis - North City


Soul-food dinner (one meat, two sides, bread, dessert) $7.99
Gyro with fries and soda $5.75
Salad bar (all you can eat) $5.99
Short stack and two breakfast sides $3.99

314-436-3200. Hours: 8 a.m.-midnight, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

714 North Tucker

The other unenjoyable part of the menu at Goody Pancake House is, believe it or not, the pancakes. Although the rest of the breakfast items (bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, etc.) come out just fine, the pancakes are bland and awfully spongy, and it's disheartening to see them served with store-brand syrup, considering how much homemade-ness there is to the rest of the menu. Stick to the soul food, the soul food, the soul food.

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