Dining Out With My 16 Month-Old At The Pfunky Griddle

16 months.

When my son Jack was 9 months old, I wrote about how I was over eating out at restaurants. It just wasn’t enjoyable or relaxing in anyway. Seven months later, things have fortunately gotten easier for my wife and I to the point we actually want to take him out to eat.

My wife told me about this trendy place in Nashville, just 8 miles from our house, called The Pfunky Griddle where you make your own breakfast right there at the table.

Understandably, I was silently skeptical; not just for the thought of having to cook my own meal but also imagining Jack sticking his hands on the hot cooking surface.

But, you know, it works… enough so that we actually have gone to breakfast there for the past three Saturdays!

For one thing, Jack is now able to sit in a booster seat as long as he’s entertained. The sights, sounds, and smells of cooking your own pancakes (or French Toast, as I always choose) is definitely fascinating to him.

Secondly, he gets his own spatula to slap against the tile table in front of him, allowing him to believe he’s actually cooking like my wife and I are doing.

Thirdly, they always seat us in the sun room where Jack can hear the birds singing in the morning; not to mention, if he does get antsy, I can easily run him outside for some fresh air.

My wife and I are confident in the food because they provide whole wheat batter and bread (or gluten free if you request). Plus, they make really good coffee. Their dirty chai is nearly $2 cheaper than Starbucks’ version.

And at about $6 per person for all you can eat, it’s hard to complain about the prices.

Taking Jack to the Pfunky Griddle has become our new Saturday morning tradition. But we have to get there early, by 8:30, because after all, it is a trendy place.

In fact, so trendy, that back in October 2008, Parents magazine featured it in an article called “8 Reasons To Visit Nashville,” which The Pfunky Griddle has framed and featured on the wall as soon as you walk in.

The next time you’re in Nashville, you’ll probably see us there. Bring your toddler and see if he or she enjoys it as much as Jack!





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  1. by Rachel

    On April 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, Nick! I just wanted to check out your blog. I took the picture in this post… I was there that morning with my daughter. Your family is so beautiful and it was great meeting all of you! I wish you all the best in the future. Cheers!

  2. by Nick Shell

    On April 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Rachel, I was hoping you’d find this post. Thanks for taking the picture! Couldn’t have done it with you :)