Sammy’s Pancake House and Breakfast Café is located a bit outside of downtown Champaign, in the food desert of Mattis Avenue. Sure, there are plenty of drive-thru fast food joints over there, but none of them have servers. Beyond the McDonald’s, Sonic, and Hardee’s, just north of the intersection of Mattis and Bradley, is Sammy’s. Sammy’s Pancake House is more breakfast diner than anything else.
Not to be confused with those similarly named breakfast joints in town, Sammy’s Pancake House strikes a balance between a diner and a house of fancy-flavored pancakes.