Pancakes at the Jonesville Store

jonesville store pancakes overhead

Crusty. In a good way.

By Daniel B.

Clifton Park is full of secrets. To the outsider, it may seem like a vast wasteland of chain restaurants and suburban sprawl. However, tucked out of sight, just a few minutes west of the Northway in the hamlet of Jonesville is a little restaurant with incredible pancakes. But unless you are a townie, you might not have heard about them.

That is, unless you have happened to stumble upon the comments of a woman who goes by the handle Kerosena. She seems to be on a mission to single-handedly bring these pancakes out of the shadows and into the light of day.

Her tales of these mythical pancakes got me thinking about a trip up to Exit 10. But when I found out they use only real New York maple syrup, I grabbed my keys and was on my way to the Jonesville Store.

As it turns out, their use of local maple syrup was just one of many delightful surprises.

Let me tell you something about buttermilk pancakes. I love them, but I never order them in restaurants. Far too often they are spongy, bland or cool; or even worse a combination of all three. There is little sadder than trying to spread a pat of butter on a stack of pancakes that has died in the window of a diner. Pancakes regularly get relegated to nothing more than a syrup delivery device, rather than something rich, moist and luscious in and of itself.

The success of the version served at the Jonesville Store is that they are going for a different style of pancake entirely. Instead of a light, fluffy and golden pancake, their "traditional New England family recipe" results in a rich, dense and crusty variation.

jonesville store pancakes closeup

It's thin, with crispy edges, and burnished with a deep brown lattice from the griddle. Its interior is so rich, that I shudder to think about the quantity of butter involved in the batter. But that's a good thing.

A stack of three is dusted with powdered sugar, and crowned with a pat of real butter that quickly melts into the hot pancake and forms a luscious glaze. These need no maple syrup, yet there is a generous dish of the real thing right on the plate. It would be a crime to let it go to waste.

jonesville store interior

At breakfast time, the Jonesville Store is not a fancy affair. You order at the counter and your food is then brought to your table on solid paper plates. These fantastic pancakes will set you back a mere $5.95.

If paradigm-shifting pancakes weren't enough, there is even more to love.

The motto of the establishment is "Eat Good Food" and they take pains to use local ingredients beyond maple syrup, including Battenkill Valley milk and Anna Mae's Home Made Jams, and even use produce they grow themselves during the season. There is also a dedicated display case filled with desserts from The Chocolate Mill.

jonesville store exteriorGiven the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the kitchen, the Jonesville Store is an amazing breakfast value. Two eggs and good toast with real butter and locally-made jam are a mere $3.50. Add well-seasoned, tender and crisped home fries for $2.25 more.

I can understand why the locals want to keep this place under wraps.

All the same, everyone there is exceedingly friendly, and seems legitimately happy to be there. As well they should be. The Jonesville Store is a gem, and is an argument-ending retort when Clifton Parkers stand accused of living in a culinary desert populated only by chain restaurants. If I lived closer, I would be there all the time.

Breakfast is served starting at 8am; Tuesday through Friday until 11am, Saturday until 4pm, and Sunday until 2pm. The Jonesville Store is closed on Monday.

Daniel B is the proprietor of the Fussy Little Blog.

Earlier on AOA: Raspberry oatmeal pancakes at Cafe Madison

Find It

The Jonesville Store
989 Main St
Clifton Park, NY 12065


bigger question--did you risk it all and eat the cantaloupe?

hahaha a Clifton Park "townie"! this was probably answered in a related post awhile back, but what exactly is a Clifton Park townie called? Cliftonian? Clifton Parker? CliPartian? CPer? CliPa?

My family members and I have been fans of the Jonesville Store's sandwiches and deli case items for years now, but it wasn't until this past weekend that my husband and I tried their dinner specials.

For a very reasonable price we received two delicious, and not oversized, portions of food. On our way home I was already thinking of returning for dinner.

But now I'm thinking our next trip should be for breakfast, instead. I live in Colonie and it's a quick drive to get to Jonesville, and is definitely worth it.

When we first moved to Jonesville, we had a two week delay in taking delivery of all our furniture and boxes while the wood floors were refinished. We camped out in the one room that was not under renovation and depended on The Jonesville Store and Giffy's to keep our family well-fed and happy. Even though we've since moved into Albany, we always stop if we are nearby to enjoy the food and friendliness.

The Jonesville Store is fantastic. I love their takeout dinners - fantastic price, served hot, and the menu changes every week. And the Chocolate Mill desserts are killer. It's really a terrific little place.

Thanks for mentioning this, Daniel! But, the next time you're in my town, you better let me know so I can join you...

I'm so glad you tried those pancakes! Perfect description!

Thanks Daniel! I love pancakes and even though I work in CP I had never been to Jonesville Store. A friend and I had breakfast there yesterday, and I agree, they are indeed incredible.

A small word of warning though, because the photo above is a bit deceiving: they are also the smallest, thinest pancakes I've had in the 518. They are closer to a French crepe than to a traditional pancake to that extent (nothing wrong with that). Usually I'm more than fine with a stack of 3 and I will gladly pass one to a friend (OK, maybe just one half). Not only did we both had our stack of 3, but we were still hungry for another stack, which we ordered. I would say they are twice as small as what you would get at Ilium Cafe in Troy or Miss Albany Diner, and 50% smaller than the delicious oatmeal pancakes at Cafe Madison. So the value, $5.95, is not quite $5.95 but that's just fine, they are phenomenal. My point is: if you are wondering how many to order, just go for 1.5 stack per person. The special that day was apple cider (or compote?) pancakes, it was out there.

I'm pleased to see The Jonesville Store getting some much deserved press. It's a great place.

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