I’ll be the first to admit that while growing up, I didn’t really appreciate the subtle differences that can raise the lowly pancake from a supporting role at breakfast to a headliner. Perceived purely as a butter and syrup delivery device, I preferred to focus on the egg and bacon show, but I have to say that this place has changed me forever.
With over 100 locations across the states, the Original Pancake House is an assembly line. Cranking out countless plates of hot, fluffy discs of pure heaven. Open only for breakfast and lunch, there is always a wait, but it’s worth it. Grab a free cup of joe to pass the time. Once seated—elbow-to-elbow with your new best friends—the menu can be a bit overwhelming. With so many types of pancakes where do you start? Buttermilk, Buckwheat, Swedish, Sourdough, Potato, Bacon, Strawberry, Hawaiian, Pecan …
Whatever you order, it will be superb. My favorite…the Swedish pancakes. Similar to a crepe, these pancakes are as big as the plate and so, so thin. Served with a side of Lingonberries and sour cream, I slather these bad boys with both and dig in. So light and delicious, it’s hard to think there’s anything better…until you taste the potato pancakes. My daughter’s favorite addiction, these are not to be compared to the potato latkes you get at the deli. These paper-thin pancakes have a delicate texture and are perfectly griddled to a crispy brown. Top with some salt, applesauce and sour cream and get ready for blast off.
There are a couple specialties that must be mentioned: the Apple Pancake and the Dutch Baby. These are oven baked in the pan and come to the table resembling a giant soufflé. You see these flying by your table on a regular basis as people order them often. Last but not least is the Eggs Michael, a twist on the standard eggs Benedict. English muffin, sausage patty and a poached egg topped with a creamy mushroom sherry sauce. Absolutely delicious and as a kicker, it comes with 4 potato pancakes on the side. Need I say more?
I know people have their favorite places for breakfast and I’ve sampled most in the South Bay. However, do yourself a big favor and try this place out. I know I may end up waiting a little longer on Sunday morning because of it, but you’ll be thanking me for sure.