Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes from The Arcade Restaurant in Memphis

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors.

As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to the necessary lock-downs taking place all over the world. One way we’ll be doing so is simply by sharing our favourite recipes.

Over the next few weeks (or months, who knows) we’ll be publishing the cocktail and food recipes that we find most exciting, so that when you aren’t ordering in to support your favourite venues, you’ll know enough to quickly throw together some top-class concoctions.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

The southern city of Memphis is known for its mouthwatering cuisine and barbecue scene, however, their breakfast dishes are just as impressive. The Arcade Restaurant has been a staple in this city since its inception in 1919, and is now Memphis’ oldest restaurant with a cult following that once included regular customer Elvis Presley. It’s also been features in numerous films like Walk the Line and Elizabethtown.

Who better to take you to Memphis via your taste buds than this stalwart eatery, so we’ve gone and sourced their beloved recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes. Happy travelling, and if you are planning on making Memphis a stop-over once US travel is allowed once again, head on over to to plan your trip.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 teaspoons melted butter, plus more for greasing the skillet
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sweet potato, cooked until tender, peeled and pureed


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together and whisk until smooth.
  2. Cook in batches in a buttered skillet over medium heat until bubbles form on the surface.
  3. Turn the pancakes over and cook until dark or golden brown.
  4. Serve with butter and syrup.

Image: The Arcade Restaurant, Memphis.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.