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Come for pie, stay for breakfast at Village Inn

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15 January, 2019 By James Carlton

For 80 years, Village Inn has been giving breakfast-for-dinner lovers an excuse to eat scratch-made buttermilk pancakes after the sun goes down. The first Village Inn Pancake House was opened in Denver, Colorado in 1958 by James Mola and Merton Anderson, and it became such a popular destination that they began franchising in 1961. Three decades of breakfast later, they acquired Poppin' Fresh Pies from Pillsbury and started making The Best Pie in America. A few years after that, they dropped the "Pancake House" from the name as they created a lunch and dinner menu to add to their stellar breakfast and pie options. Their pies are prize-winners, and are celebrated weekly with Free Pie Wednesday. Don't let the name fool you, Village Inn is a restaurant with a full menu and faithful regulars, but you can't sleep there.

General Manager Carol Gray loves her regulars like family. "I worry when someone doesn't come in when they normally do. My employees notice, too" she said. She also loves seeing new faces because she knows some of them will become regulars. Open 6 a.m. to midnight every day of the week (24-hours on weekends in Fayetteville), Village Inn may become your new favorite spot. They serve all of their breakfast treasures all day: from Belgian waffles, French toast, crepes and made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes to Eggs Benedict, Expert Skillets and Combo Platters like the make-your-own INN-credible V.I.B., and the Triple Play which fills you up for only $6.99. Gray, who has worked at the Fayetteville Village Inn for nearly 14 years, said her favorite thing on the menu is either the Breakfast Burrito or the Turkey Bacon Avocado Melt. "It's the wheat bread that makes it," she insisted.

Ranging from classic favorites to the unique and adventurous, Village Inn has a superb lunch and dinner menu. For those seeking a traditional dinner, Village Inn's homestyle Pot Roast dinner comes with your choice of side, savory brown gravy mashed potatoes and the pot roast practically melts in your mouth in a way that you wouldn't expect from a celebrated breakfast spot. They have a number of satisfying burgers and sandwiches for lunch, and their colorful and delicious salad selection includes a Celebrity Chef Salad, a Cobb Salad, and a spicy Chipotle Ranch-dressed Southwest Salad with grilled chicken, southwest veggies, corn, avocado, tomato and tortilla strips that you won't want to miss. You can try the Southwest Salad with a tasty half-sandwich or cup of soup when you order the Pick 2 from the lunch menu.

Village Inn bakes all their pies in-house such as the Peach Lattice and Strawberry Rhubarb; they make Silk and Cream pies like French Silk, Lemon Meringue and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup (American Pie Council's 2018 Award Winner); they have Featured and Seasonal pies like Southern Pecan and Key Lime; and they even do Carrot Cake and Cheesecake. As always, every week is graced with Free Pie Wednesday: when you can get a free slice of pie with any dine-in purchase between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Kids 10 and under get a free kids' meal Mondays and Tuesdays with each Adult Entrée, and Fridays are "All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry" days from 5-9 p.m. To see their full menu and pie flavors, find the location nearest you, and order some of the Best Pie in America for yourself (or... to share with friends and family), go to the Village Inn Facebook page and visit villageinn.com.


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Fayetteville Location: 3364 N College Avenue
Phone: (479) 521-1880
Hours: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. Monday - Friday; 12 a.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday - Sunday

Bentonville Location: 2300 SE Walton Blvd.
Phone: (479) 464-0777
Hours: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. 7 days a week


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