Elkhart Dining Days 2014: Stacks Pancake House is not just for breakfast

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By: Steve Krah
skrah@flavor574.com

You go to a place called Stacks Pancake House and Restaurant and you get a short stack or an omelet, right? Not this time.

Stacks, located off C.R. 17 at 5230 Beck Drive No. 4 in Elkhart, does serve breakfast foods, but that’s not all.

For Elkhart Dining Days, owner Chris Enfield decided to let his cooks get creative.

Unlike most other Elkhart Dining Days restaurants, the menu at Stacks has changed daily throughout the event, but one dish that keeps popping up is a Carolina Low Country take on shrimp and grits.

That was one of the choices when I visited on Wednesday, Oct. 22, along with stuffed peppers, Salisbury steak and pepper steak.

Enfield, who has roots in New Orleans, is no stranger to grits. But this northern boy is.

It turns out that I like them — especially paired with shrimp with a cajun spice-infused cheese sauce and bacon. (So there is a nod to breakfast.)

The spice bit my tongue enough that I was grateful for the tall glass of water served by waitress Jamie.

The $10 meal began with a large garden salad. It was very crisp and fresh. The couple in the booth next door called it “delicious” and “exceptional.”

The flavor kept coming with potato skins topped with cheese, chives and –  yes – bacon.

A sweet end to the dining experience came in the form of brownie cheesecake with raspberry sauce.

Enfield says he can see shrimp and grits becoming an occasional special offering after Elkhart Dining Days is over. He does invite the public to come out on Friday nights for some all-you-can-eat tacos and other Mexican fare.

Stacks is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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