Now Open in Barrington
Opening its fourth location and first in the northwest suburbs, Southern Belle’s Pancake House announced its grand opening at 210 S. Cook Street in Barrington. The 145-seat restaurant is open from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. and serves its signature pancakes, omelets, layered skillets, sandwiches, wraps, fresh juices and smoothies according to Southern Belles owner, Steve Fotos. During seasonal months, an additional 50 seats are available at the front and rear patios.
Leading the helm on the food side of the operation is famed head chef Frank Georgacopoulos, formerly from Meli Café & Juice Bar in downtown Chicago. A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Georgacopoulos developed the menu for the original Meli Café in Greektown and managed the food operation for Meli’s three locations since 2006. Georgacopoulos’ breakfast and lunch creations were frequently featured on WLS-TV’s “Hungry Hound,” WGN News’ “Lunch Break,” and The Food Channel’s “Eat Travel Rock.”
“I courted Frank for over a year because of his reputation in creating unique and fresh menu items of the highest quality that were made from scratch with pure ingredients,” said Fotos. In addition to its fresh breakfast and lunch entrees, Southern Belles makes its own jam and granola along with freshly squeezed juices on site.
Since the soft opening earlier in March, popular menu items are the egg skillets, avocado toast, oversized pancakes, crunchy kale salad with quinoa, toasted almonds, and fresh blueberries, and the mahi mahi tacos. Most menu items can be prepared gluten free and several vegan options are available. The restaurant includes a 15-foot juice bar which serves smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, coffee and cappuccinos. “The juice bar is open for grab and go purchases from students on their way to school or commuters to the nearby Barrington train station,” said Georgacopoulos.
The restaurant features a number of improvements including southern-themed décor with period antiques and stained glass salvaged from a 140-year old Aurora church destroyed by fire in 1986. The restaurant offers catering packages and can host private parties, showers and events after closing hours.