The Tiffin Inn Pancake House
, a fixture on Metairie's Veterans Memorial Boulevard since the 1970s, will serve its last order next Sunday, according to employees who were working there over Memorial Day weekend.
The restaurant, which is located on the street side of a small mall at the corner of Veterans and Downs Boulevard, is leaving to make room for a new HomeGoods store going in on the spot, employees said, adding that the owners were looking for a new location in Jefferson Parish.
Recreating the atmosphere may be a more difficult order. Tiffin Inn is one of a vanishing breed of independent coffee shop/diners specializing in pancakes, omelettes and other breakfast dishes, along with American-style entrees, all served in a charmingly dated dusty-rose-colored dining room with comfy booths, pastoral prints on the walls, chandeliers and starburst light fixtures, syrup caddies on the table, regulars at the tables, elevator music and the kind of servers who call you "honey" and "sweetie."
It is relaxing. It is delicious. It is a throwback to the days before "farm to table" and kale on every menu, and it is often packed on Sunday mornings with an after-church crowd enjoying one of Tiffin Inn's 20 kinds of pancakes, or a ham-and-cheese omelette served with grits and strong black (non-artisanal) coffee.
And it is going away next Sunday, so you've got less than a week to get your final order of "pigs in a blanket pancakes" at the Tiffin Inn.