Originally Published: February 21, 2014 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT - When most people see a slice of apple on their plate, they immediately think of SueAnn's Apple Pan at 510 West Gurley Street.
SueAnn's opened April 1, 2003, taking over from the existing business Apple Pan Too. Owners SueAnn and Mark Duncan bring a wealth of prior restaurant experience to the long-standing local restaurant.
"There's been a restaurant in this location since the mid-50s," Mark Duncan said. "It's had a few different owners and themes, but this apple motif has been here for more than 20 years."
The family-run restaurant offers affordable breakfast and lunch in a friendly atmosphere, punctuated by its recognizable apple-themed decorations, which adorn the interior. An apple slice, their trademark garnish, appears on every dish.
"A lot of what we offer is the original menu from when the original Apple Pan opened 23 years ago on West Sheldon," SueAnn Duncan said. "We've made a few changes and additions, but mostly we're here to serve our customers what they want, and make sure everyone has an Apple-Pan-Tastic time."
The apple theme is so popular that fans of the restaurant often bring in apple-related merchandise to display, including books, art, cookie jars and more.
"My rule is, if someone brings us apple stuff I have to take something out, so that keeps it all really fresh," SueAnn said.
SueAnn's Apple Pan is open for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served all day.
"Probably 75 to 80 percent of our business is breakfast," Mark said.
Part of the Apple Pan's charm is the feeling of comfort among friends.
"We're kind of like the "Cheers" of the breakfast business. When you come in here, everybody knows your name," Mark said. "No one stays a stranger here for long."
Even visitors from Phoenix will often bump into people they know who are also visiting from the valley, SueAnn said.
"We want to make it affordable for families. Our children's menu is very affordable, so you can bring your kids in here and have a meal without digging too deep," SueAnn said.
When it comes to menu choices at SueAnn's Apple Pan, customers aren't left wanting. The restaurant features a number of three-egg omelettes, including the Dubliner, made with corned beef hash and Swiss; the Que Pasa, made with homemade chili con carne and cheddar; the Farmer's Daughter, made with sausage, hasbrowns and Swiss, and others. Other menu items include breakfast burros, pancakes, French toast, scrambles and more. Lunch favorites include the Prescott Mile High Melt, made with ham, Swiss, green chile and sautéed onions on grilled sourdough; the Pastrami Reuben, BBQ Beef, chicken tenders, an assortment of 1/3-pound burgers, soups and salads and more.
The Apple Pan's bacon, for breakfast and lunch choices, is among the restaurant's customer favorites.
"It's an Oscar Meyer thick cut you can't buy in stores," Mark said.
Pancakes are another big seller, lead cook Adrian Palmer said. Other favorites include Apple Pan Scrambles and their triple-decker club sandwich.
Daily specials, at $5.89 for breakfast and $6.89 for lunch are offered Monday through Friday from 6-10 a.m. Both breakfast and lunch specials include a beverage. Call the restaurant at 445-8323 for more information and for orders to go.