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

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. Mural wall later chopped up with windows and bacon-riding waitresses.

Hwy 47 into Wildwood, then turn left onto Pacific Ave. Two blocks north, on the right, between Andrews and Burk Aves.
August 2021: Mural gone.

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Uncle Bill's Pancake House Mural

The cartoon waitresses riding the bacon on the side of the restaurant have been painted over. Painted vines are now on the wall, with painted flower boxes under the windows. An outdoor canopy has been installed along the wall now.

[Jesse Shutt, 08/14/2021]

That's a loss to the breakfast art world that hits right in the gut.

Pancake mural, 2015.

Uncle Bill's Pancake House Mural

The mural was painted over.

[Veronica, 08/20/2015]

We preferred the old mural, but those same cartoon waitresses sliding along a giant slice of bacon has its merits....

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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