If you love home-cooked breakfasts, this Portland icon is the place to visit. Since the early 1950s, the friendly staff has been serving the best ... More
Original Pancake House (The)
If you love home-cooked breakfasts, this Portland icon is the place to visit. Since the early 1950s, the friendly staff has been serving the best breakfasts in town. The family-owned company now boasts award-winning franchises nationwide. It does not scrimp on quality or service, yet the prices are reasonable. Choose from nearly two dozen different types of pancakes. Enjoy one of the fresh, tasty syrups and gourmet-style sausages. Linger over a cup of coffee in the cozy restaurant, resplendent with antiques and old world charm.
I've only been here on a weekend- usually Saturday mornings. And every single time, it has been insanely busy. It is not unusual to wait 40 minutes to be seated.
Also, the Original Pancake House does not accept credit cards. You would think that might hurt business, but I suppose not.
The food is unimpressive. If you have your heart set on pancakes, this place is as good as any, but be forewarned.
I'm not a pancake aficionado, so my opinion is admittedly not worth much. That being said, there wasn't anything about this place that struck me as being all that great. And the pancakes tasted like pancakes. Nothing special.
I was so looking forward to breakfast here on 1/2/2011 for only the third time in my life. The food was very good as I remembered. With an appetite much smaller than it used to be, we usually split a breakfast. The waitress offered to bring an extra plate and we accepted. When we got the ticket, the empty plate cost us $6.50. Free was too good of a price, and I understand the need to generate an income. But to offer, not say anything about a fee, and then charge over 50% of the value of the one meal that we purchased? Come on man. I gladly would have ordered a second breakfast for only $5 more and got it to go. But to pay $6.50 for absolutely nothing made me feel like I never want to go back. That bad taste offset all of the good taste that we enjoyed. Just be warned.
this place is truly top notch ...if your a pancake fan this is the place to go. great staff- i saw this place on the food chanel or i would of never known of it.im so glad i decided to try it .now i can't stay away.
Moving here recently from the Wisconsin I was looking for a good breakfast joint. This is it. I also think it had a hint of German backround. My girlfriend had the dutch boy - pretty good. I had the Irish Omelet - comes with pancakes which were excellent. Very good food and great service. Come early though because there is quite a line and only 24 seats.
Excellent food. Great service. I have enjoyed a large portion of the menu and it's all quite tasty. For the whiners out there, yes, there is a wait on occasion. Yes, it does get busy on the weekends. It is worth the wait though. You will not find better food of this genre in Portland, or anywhere else for that matter.
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