Village Inn scared the crap out of me and my wife recently. We were in for brinner the other night and tried to order the veggie omelet with the multigrain pancakes. The waitress told us they didn’t have multigrain pancakes anymore.
Now, this combination is a staple for me and my wife. Despite having made reference to them as evil and linking them to the biblical eviction of humanity from the garden of Eden in my novel, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, my wife and I actually are pretty fond of them. They’ve got a bit of a cinnamon flavor to them. We get them around once a week. We were, suffice it to say, a little alarmed.
Also, we were a bit surprised. Village Inn has had the multigrain pancakes for a long time. I served them when I worked there over twenty years ago. Would they really get rid of them? If so, why?
I went online to see what I could find. After all, the menu we were looking at still had them listed. Turned out, they were still listed online as well. The Village Inn website listed some new things, but made no mention whatsoever about multigrain pancakes being discontinued.
I found that fishy.
As it turned out, the waitress was wrong. My wife later talked to the manager. Turns out, that particular location had a problem for a bit with getting the ingredients for the multigrain pancakes in from their supplier. As such, they hadn’t been able to serve them for a period of time. However, that was over. They had them available that night and our waitress had informed us incorrectly that they didn’t. She hadn’t worked in a while apparently and didn’t know they were available again. She had completely mistaken “don’t have right now” for “permanently taken off the menu.”
We understood. It was a mistake. Still, I kind of wished she had checked.
Then again, that poking around online revealed that Village Inn had recently finally posted full nutritional information for their menu. Two multigrain pancakes are 290 calories. That was a bit more than expected. Two buttermilk are only 170. We’d assumed that the multigrain were lower in calories than the buttermilk, not higher. Combine that with the fact that the veggie omelet is served with three multigrain pancakes rather than two (so 435 calories, compared with 255 for three buttermilk) and our breakfasts/brinners were much higher in calories than we thought. Since we were trying to eat at least somewhat healthier to begin with, we might not be that worried about whether or not they have multigrain pancakes in future.
We might just get buttermilk, or an English muffin.