2101 Broadway, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581838.559798 -121.485561
Neighborhoods: Southeastern Sacramento, Curtis Park
Shocked at any good reviews of this place YUCK YUCK YUCK – The guy that dubbed this place "The Feces Circus" was spot on. I ignored my better judgement and the gut feeling that I might catch hepatitis from the door handle and braved going inside. This place is BEYOND a dive, it does not have any of the greasy-spoon charm that I would expect to find at a whole-in-the-wall place like this.
The "Manager" reeked of the 10 cans of aquanett she used to rat up her beehive hair do and kept yelling at the waitresses which was super uncomfortable. The booth we sat in was filthy, the seat was sticky (I just kept praying: oh lord please let it just be an old syrup spill) our silverware was dirty as well, when we asked for clean utensils we got attitude and then even dirtier forks. There was white fluffy things floating in the water cups. I was seriously so grossed out we left without ordering.
Stick with waffle house – The pancakes were enormous but had been cooked on a grill after a fish fillet and tasted like (maybe?) cod. An over medium egg order was served raw and I sat with an empty coffee cup for fifteen minutes. Last and worst, my kid's antique "sassy seat" (high chair thing that attached to the table) collapsed with him in it when I tried to fasten the belt, and the waitress glared at me when I asked for help. Call me an idealist, but a restaurant with a clown motif that specializes in pancakes should be prepared for children.
Great Breakfast,Weird decoration, Good food not bad prices – Great food,Good PANCAKES,Great waffles & BEST Omlettes,Kind of weird ,funky decorations.Old school inside, Kind of Cheap prices, Great food
Local Favorite – What do Cheezy clowns, happily crowded breakfast lines, lottery tickets, and pancakes have in common: Pancake circus of course! Its a local greasy spoon that if you don't try it once, you always wonder.
Pancake Nirvana – Roads, below, said it very well. The waitresses here are not in a customer service mode, ever. They are perfunctory and usually (not always) efficient, but they couldn't care less if you are there, or elsewhere. If you're done, please pay and leave so that others standing outside in groups may have your table.
That said, the pancakes are simply the best. Ever. Anywhere. Big discs of pancake batter grilled to golden brown goodness, with whipped butter (not margine). The syrup isn't heated which is a minus, but almost trivial compared to the perfect pancake batter.
You can get an outrageous amount of food here for $5.00. Four pancakes here is like a Carb Overload, though. The eggs are satisfactory, the side items satisfactory. The coffee is weak, watery, but plentiful.
The clowns? Yeah, those. Very scary. Very 70s. Very old and not well maintained atmosphere. Really the suff nightmares are made of, for clown haters like me. Just close your eyes and let the pancakes protect you.
Then get the hell out, because they want your table.
Great Food, So-So Service – The food is simply outstanding, that being said, don't expect the waitresses to pretend they're happy you're there. The place is always packed, and can do well enough without your patronage. Some servers are better than others, but the general demeanor is take it or leave it. Based on the crowds, it would appear most folks appear to take it. Don't mistake this review as being my being treated rudely; it's just that they present themselves as not caring whether you're eating there or somewhere else. My coffee was always refilled without having to ask, and the food is hot and usually in front of you before you can finish reading the top story of the day.
pancakes!!!! – the pancakes here are awesome!!! i took a friend there who had been there before, but it was my first time. had pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and ham. oh god it was good!! the pancakes were gooey and buttery and syrupy.
i would reccomend this place to anyone!!!
Funny name and good, cheap food--this quintessential greasy-spoon diner is a great place to bring a horde of kids. – The Scene
Some senior citizens know all the waitresses' names, and tacky circus-animal pictures adorn the brown, tan and orange walls, circa 1970. But people don't come for the decor, they come because they can pad their ribs with a country-fried steak (a house specialty) smothered with country gravy, served with two eggs and four pancakes for a little more than $5. This is the place you come when you're broke and hungry.
The Circus is famous for its biscuits and country gravy (served with two eggs and two link sausages). Avoid bringing your weight-conscious friends: You won't find anything low-cal on this menu worth eating.
Go For It!! – Tasty, affordable food with plenty of selections. Fast, friendly service.
Hearty meals that come in huge portions. Pancakes are a must, served with generous dollops of butter and syrup. But try lunches and dinners, too. I was pleasantly surprised.
Consistant Cakes – Pancake Circus is not fancy but is consistant and friendly.
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