Every time we are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, we make the Pancake Pilgrimage to downtown Maggie Valley and visit Joey’s Pancake House. You may be thinking a pancake is a pancake, but you’d be wrong. These pancakes are the best… well worth the drive from Asheville.
Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast in Western North Carolina since 1966. Joey and Brenda O’Keefe hadn’t planned on becoming restaurant owners, but after 45 years, their customers are sure glad they did. Joey and Brenda worked closely together at the restaurant until Joey’s death in 2001. Brenda thought about giving it up after that, but because her staff has become so much of a family to her, she decided to stick to it. Joey’s likeness is still on the menus, website, t-shirts and coffee mugs.
The menu consists of pancakes, of course, but not just plain pancakes. They have blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip, peanut butter, banana, silver dollar, whole wheat with apples and more. There’s also waffles, French toast, Eggs Benedict and sausage gravy with biscuits. And to accompany, country ham, bacon, sausage, grits, hash brown casserole, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, cooked to order eggs and omelets…my mouth is watering!!
And if you can’t stand to leave the great taste of Joey’s Pancakes behind, you can bring home one of their Smoky Mountain Pancake and Waffle mixes.
Don’t be surprised to see a line out the door. On a busy day, Joey’s can serve up 800 customers. But don’t worry, the wait is never that long, even during the peak autumn leaf changing season. Service is fast, but it never seems like they’re rushing you out. You can definitely sit, read your newspaper and enjoy your coffee and breakfast.
Be sure to call ahead or check the website for their hours of operation. Joey’s is open daily April through October, 7am to noon, closed on Thursdays; November through February, 7am to noon, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Closed during March.
Dates of Visit: Various visits from 2000 to present