Wildwood, New Jersey: Uncle Bill's Pancake House Mural

The food-as-people mural on the outside wall of a Wildwood pancake house was cartoon refreshment in a land of re-fried Googie design (Has been since painted over but we're hoping it's a similarly rewarding work).
Address:
4601 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, NJ
Directions:
Hwy 47 into Wildwood, then turn left onto Pacific Ave. Two blocks north, on the right, between Andrews and Burk Aves.
Phone:
609-729-7557
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Pancake house mural detail. Uncle Bill's Pancake House Mural

In town where aging beach motels stand side-by-side with faux retro businesses, the mural at Uncle Bill's Pancake House kicks sand in Googie's face...

Pancake mural detail

We know nothing of Uncle Bill's menu or recipes -- unless judged by the parking lot-length painting on the side of the building. We're suckers for elaborate illustrations involving food come-to-life. A wide sun rises from the Eastern ocean, leering at a chef and a waitress running from the surf with a table-sized stack of pancakes. A spoon with legs chases a monster pick-up truck (driven by Uncle Bill?). A pancake on edge jauntily wheels away from Bill's spatula, while a waitress attempts to apply a pat of butter.

If we were staying overnight, this place would be our choice for breakfast.

[Roadside America Team, 06/16/2003]

Mar. 2014: Sadly, Google Street View shows this mural is gone, painted over with a new mural.

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