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Breakfast is delicious at Courthouse Cafe

Pancake lovers might want to Mapquest the Courthouse Cafe in Jeffersonville.

Take it from a fellow pancake lover, one who mixes them up from scratch on most Saturday mornings and rarely resists ordering from the breakfast menu no matter what the hour: This restaurant serves them up right.

We're not talking about flimsy little flapjacks. These are thick and fluffy, with a hint of crispiness around the edges. They look as good as they taste.

I knew nothing about the Courthouse Cafe except that it an easy target for a review, as Jeffersonville is not too far off the path of my morning commute. I asked fellow Telegraph writer Wayne Crenshaw, also a commuter and no slouch in the kitchen, to meet me there.

As the name suggests, the Courthouse Cafe is near the county courthouse in Jeffersonville. It didn't look like much from the outside, but the interior, with its slat walls and floors, was warm and homey. There were lots of country-themed knickknacks around that added to the charm.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each first and third Sunday. Lunch diners can pick from that day's offerings, but its short-order menu is available anytime. Those options range from fried chicken and hamburgers to pork chops and grilled chicken salads, with sides such as fried tomatoes and onion rings.

But we had come for the breakfast.

The morning menu ranges from biscuits and gravy for $1.55 to the country ham-and-two eggs breakfast for $6.25. Wayne went with the country ham plate. I couldn't resist the pancake breakfast. The ham was not listed as an option, but the staff was happy to oblige when I asked to add it, along with two eggs.

Eggs are easy to cook, but they're also easy to mess up. Mine came scrambled to perfection, firm but not tough. Wayne's were made over-easy, and he also approved. He was less satisfied with the grits, which he described as "restaurant" grits, which generally means they were a little on the thick side.

As an added bonus, the coffee was better than your standard diner fare.

We decided to go back last week, on our own dime, and something seemed different. So we asked, and the waitress confirmed that, yes, most of the knickknacks on the walls were gone and, yes, the restaurant had been sold.

The menu was the same, though the pancake breakfast now came with three rather than two cakes. The waitress, who kept our coffee cups filled, assured us that the same cook was in the kitchen, which was good news.

There are some changes in store, however. A side room has been cleared and will be made available for large groups. And the restaurant has added an expresso machine and plans to start serving specialty coffee drinks. They're even talking of opening on Saturdays.

Courthouse Cafe

201 Magnolia St., Jeffersonville

Three and a half stars

Phone: (478) 945-6470

Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., first and third Sundays

Health rating: 99

Kids menu: No

Wheel chair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian selections: Yes

Dress: Casual

Reservation: No

Price: $$1.55- $6.25

Payment: Cash, credit, debit, check

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