Petena's is part of my annual easter pilgrimage to the lowveld and I wouldn't dare driving past there without dropping in for a pancake and coffee. I have often tried other places around the area up to Sabie and Pilgrims, just to realise which one is the best. Sitting on the big stoep overlooking the traffic and town and mountains is just very special.
Now don't confuse the American pancake with the South African pancake with the Petena pancake. These ones are somehow the best of both worlds: They are thick and fluffy and large. This year I ordered two of the cinnamon pancakes (the smallest on the menu) and it was difficult to finish as it is just so much food. And tasty.
Sadly, the previous owner (Richard) passed away suddenly. Even though he was getting on in years he was still very fit, active and energetic and bicycling in the mountains. Apparently he went quickly, and we will miss him.
Lebo, his old faithful manager, is currently holding the fort and his warm smile and crisp service will keep on serving his customers well. There was nothing wrong with our meal and I will certainly go back next year to check up on progress.