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Boom this place is a win. Don't be detered by the line not quite sure how they do it but somehow our group of 8 only waited 15 min to sit on a Saturday am at 10!? What!? Then, it only continued to improve. Food was amazing and I think my favorite is that you can get a side of pancakes with everything!! Just what I needed. Service was fantastic. And the atmosphere is adorable. So classic. You gotta stop here if you're in town.
I don't get this place. It's cramped, hard to navigate (especially with a stroller), pricey, and depressing. I ordered the dutch baby cake. I have really been wanting to try a dutch baby cake - they look amazing. What I received was a sweet omelet. My "pancake" was more egg than anything else. And I ordered the fruit-topped one. $15 or so later and all I can say is never ever ever again.
Wow... This place is sheer heaven. I visited this location on a rainy Sunday afternoon for breakfast. I arrived at 10:30 and there was a small wait. I was standing in line for approximately 10 minutes. Upon entering the restaurant it looked like a cottage from a story book. The exterior matched the warmth of the interior in terms of design. Actually, it reminds me so much of the taverns I frequented when I was visiting Austria. So quaint, but filled with character and warm personalities. What I immediately loved about this place is the conversations I was having with the other families waiting in line. Everyone was excited to eat and friendly. Strange for Chicago. The hostess was super friendly and welcoming and so was my waitress, even though she neglected to ever tell me her name. The eating area is one big room and so I was snuggled at a table with a family since I was eating alone. Awkward because they were foreign, but it was easy to block them out. I ordered the Cajun Skillet with andouille sausage, chicken, red bell peppers, potatoes, and scrambled eggs with a side of pancakes. The portion size was enormous! But I definitely finished the entire meal. The pancakes were AMAZING. There is some flavor I couldn't name for the life of me but it was almost liqoury tasting. Whatever the secret ingredient is made the cakes literally orgasmic. The skillet was perfect as well. The andouille sausage mixed with the potatoes and all the cajun spices mixed...omg. The perfect breakfast of champions. My breakfast total was $13! I will definitely return
This places is the best for anything breakfast wise really. Crepes, waffles, eggs with bacon, omelettes, bs of coarse pancakes! Only 2 Robles for me is-no mimosas and no hash browns, only home fries. At this location we just get it to go and eat in at our studio. Mimosa problem solved! Just need to figure out the hash brown sitch. This location is super busy (another reason to order to go) but if it's nice outside its worth the wait!
Food is delicious here!! Overly large portions and the price to show for it. Three strawberry crepes for just over $10 bucks seems pricey to me for breakfast, but they were incredible. The fresh squeezed orange juice was refreshing. Nothing special about the side sausage. And yes, it's ok to add fresh whipped cream to your breakfast foods ;)
I'm a breakfast lover, and this is one of my all-time favorite spots to eat it. I come here at least once every time I'm in Chicago. Still not sure whether this location is local or part of the chain but guess it doesn't really matter. The seasonal pancakes (the pumpkin ones they have in the fall are the best) are always part of my order. Tip: if you get an egg dish you can get two pancakes as a side and for $2 extra can substitute the seasonal ones. The last time I was here it was cash only but not sure whether that's changed now. Total is usually $10-$15 per person if you get coffee or a juice. Which reminds me, the grapefruit juice is fresh squeezed and delicious!
Cute breakfast spot with outdoor seating on warm days. It reminded me of an IHOP type of place. Large menu with lots of options. I ordered the skillet with veggies and my friend got the farmers scramble. I love that the egg dishes come with either pancakes or toast so you can still get sweet and savory. The pancakes were delicious, but my egg skillet dish was oddly warmer on one side of the plate. Unevenly warmed up and not seasoned at all. I wasn't exactly blown away. And the coffee I think was very overpriced. $3.15 for a cup of coffee even with refills is really ridiculous. Upon asking for the bill, we were told to pay at the cashier by the door. We wanted to itemize the menu based off of my order and my friend's order. We only had TWO people and the lady said she wasn't able to itemize; she could only divide evenly. I found it a bit absurd that with a POS system and a computer system she couldn't individually charge out each item. Because of the lack of management, which was also apparent with the waitstaff, I would only give it two stars: however the pancakes were actually quite memorable and tasty so I didn't dock off that third star.
Plentiful, delicious food at great prices with great service. A must-have for your American breakfast cravings! I brought some Australian friends here during our stay in Chicago for a conference. They said they wanted American food and possible pancakes, so this seemed like a good choice after reading some fellow Yelpers' reviews. We were not disappointed! We had no issues getting a table at 8:30am on a Thursday. Our waitress was polite and friendly and gave us great service throughout. I ordered a spicy skillet (their menu on here has not been updated) that came with jalapenos, potatoes, cheese and other things, two eggs (over medium), and a side of pancakes--that is an option! The skillet was huge! With the pancakes as a side, it really is enough for two meals for me. The skillet was very savory and had the right amount of spice for me. The eggs were perfect. The pancakes were also very good. The batter was sweeter than most pancakes, so I didn't even add syrup to them. I will definitely be coming back here--and getting a to-go box!
For those of you like me whose absolutely favorite meal of the day is breakfast it would be blasphemous of you to enjoy breakfast anywhere else (unless of course you're not by a Walker Brothers Original Pancake House which would be a damn shame). I had actually never gone to one of their locations before a week ago (I don't know how in the world I ever let it slip my radar) but I'm so happy that I finally did try it. My fiancÃ© and I were able to enjoy a blissful breakfast outside on their patio because it was perfect outside the day thay we went. I highly recommend that if you are eating here in the spring or summer you sit outside because not only can you enjoy the sunshine while you eat deliciously sinful food, but you can also people watch - it's quite a fun hobby, especially if you're a Psychology major like me and my fiancÃ©. Aside from the people watching, the food is what you're really going for, right? You won't be disappointed, especially if you start with coffee and cream. Now, to those of you who drink your coffee black - set this notion aside and order cream with your coffee...you will thank me. My fiancÃ© doesn't even usually drink cream in his coffee but he was raving about this cream. It's smooth and thick with the perfect amount of sweetness - it was beyond delightful. I'm not crazy, okay...it's that good! Their coffee is some of the best that I've had when going out to restaurants and it's my firm belief that you can judge a breakfast place on their coffee. Next, if you're going with someone else my suggestion is for one of you to get the apple pancake and one of you to order something else...that way you can split each other's plates and enjoy more of what Walker Brothers has to offer! But seriously, you have to get the apple pancake. It is epic. Epically fluffy. Epically sweet. And epically filling. It's just epic. You have to try it at least once - it will make your eyes roll to the back of your head. It's more of a dessert than anything so you could even pick this up as a late night snack, if you really want. Just an idea. Believe me, you will be completely satisfied with whatever you order and the cost of it won't hurt your wallet too badly, especially considering how good it all is.
As others have said, it's basically an IHOP. (But with only one kind of watered down maple-like syrup). The service was great. The corned beef hash was tasty but oddly dry. Even stranger were the rubbery scrambled eggs on top. They would not stop steaming--not during the entire meal, it was like there was a little steam vent to the Netherworld in them. Very tasteless. Pancakes and pecan waffle were fine. Not the best I ever had but not the worst either. The place is cute in a "land that time forgot" kind of way. Price was reasonable for the area. Large nportions.
This place is generous on the servings and it is plain old good comfort food. The lines are ridiculous on the weekend, but worth waiting for on a cold Chicago morning. The spicy skillet is delish and the service is pleasant but not overbearing. They do try and hustle you out during busy rush but that's understandable.
When you're dying for pancakes and everywhere else in gold coast is packed or too expensive, you come here. Not because it's particularly amazing - but because you must have pancakes NOW... and you're cheap. It's drastically different from anything else in the area, which can be refreshing if you live in these parts. That being said, the hostess/cashier is dysfunctional, and the service is comparable to IHOP. I'd say the entire set up is like IHOP, except more run down. But I suppose if this is the "original" pancake house, IHOP copied them? I have no idea. Anyway, the pancakes are all good enough, and does set them apart from other pancake chains in terms of variety - I've never had a Dutch Treat or Dutch Apple before. However, after a few bites of these giant cakes, you quickly get your fill, and you think about all the cardio you're going to have to do to make up for this giant plate of carbs. I prefer many other brunch places before here, but if I happen to be in the area I wouldn't mind going again.
Very enjoyable restaurant. The menu has a wide variety of breakfast. The food might take awhile to cook, but because of the high quality of the food it is worth the wait. The waitresses are nice and make you feel welcome. I would caution about sitting outside because of yellow jackets that like to sit on top of the syrup container.
A bacon in the rough. This blue roofed, single family repurposed house might appear like an anomaly in the middle of a foo foo Gold Coast restaurant area. Come inside and travel back in time to an 80s breakfast joint. A no nonsense layout, an assortment of delectable gourmet food items on the menu and deleted are the usual hipstered out model-abees server but rather a group of normal hard working blue collars. Although famous for their pancakes, I must say their bacon has no parallel. Nice thick pieces and lightly seasoned. Perfect as a complement with eggs or simply a light bk snack with coffee. So, if you're out on Rush, stop by this well oiled and decently priced nostalgia and hope they will never run out of style.
The food was good. The service needs a lot of improvement. Firstly, the hostess was rude. I understand that their policy is to wait to have everyone in the party to able to be seated but if 3/4 of the party is already there.... doesn't it make sense to seat people??? You have to seat a party of 3 on a 4-top anyways. But no...the hostess refused to seat us. This place is another IHOP in disguise located in the Gold Coast.
The Original Pancake House....90+ seating clean, above average service. From order to table 14 minutes with 15 customers in dinning area. Food was fresh and hot, pancakes was original recipe, but hashbrowns was more a par broiled dice and seasoned America fry.....no crispy edge at all from the grill on the potatoes. Coffee was fresh, and Omelet was good. Overall 6 out of 10, would return but wouldn't be a must try again spot.
My wife and three boys love breakfast diners and the old school look of this place is what originally drew my attention. Then upon reading the reviews here on yelp, I thought we might have a winner. I was nervous about the line - a 20 month old and 6 year old waiting patiently typically don't go together well - but the line moves quickly and the boys made friends in line too. Our server was very friendly and food comes out quickly. One of my breakfast staples is corned beef hash and eggs. I ordered that with a side of pancakes. Now, usually I eat my eggs and corned beef hash first and whatever stomach I have left I dive into the pancakes, but the pancakes were so good I ate all of them and had hash leftover - which is a shame because the hash was awesome too. But the pancakes = dominating. The boys and wife also loved everything but the pancakes were the definite star for our table. We'll be back!!
Great traditional breakfast place. Omelets are huge! Though it's not a gourmet breakfast place it's solid good food and always on point. Service is fast. Now the bad is the wait on sat and sun are the worst be ready for a hour or longer so don't be in a rush if your going here.
This place is authentic and the service is great. Very friendly staff. The food tastes amazing. I would recommend this anytime.
Found this gem on a walk during our vacation to Chicago. Ended up eating there three days in a row, and took our visiting family there too. The service was excellent. The coffee was perfection. I had the cherry Kijaffa and banana pancakes... so awesome. I watched my family eat omelets bigger than their heads! I only wish we had found this place on our first day. It would have been seven breakfasts there instead of just three. Oh and the walk to the Original Pancake House on Bellevue was on a beautiful residential street. Overall, it was charming as hell!
The strawberry pancakes are just delicious and they come with a strawberry syrup that I could kill for! Eggs and bacon were great too, cooked right to the point. Nice service and lovely location, an overall great experience and definitely recommended if you want to have a taste of a truly American brunch!
One of the best breakfast places in Chicago. My husband loves their Dutch Baby Pancakes especially the ones with the Apples. I had French Toast and my sister had their regular pancakes. Everyone loved their food and the service is pretty good.
I came here on a Saturday morning and as was expected there was a pretty long line. Luckily, the line moved pretty quickly and I was seated after waiting about 10 minutes. The hostess was very polite. The sitting area was kind of tight, but not a huge deal unless maybe you're in a big group. I got the steak skillet which was a nice mix of steak, eggs, onions and peppers. It also came with a small side of pancakes. The meal was delicious, I wouldn't say over the top, but I was very impressed with how nice all the staff were. I'd definitely recommend a visit when in Chi-town.
While traveling for work, my hubby and I came here to grab a bite to eat before work. It was a weekday so we were seated right away on the patio. The service was nice and quick. We came in with our own coffee and the hostess wouldn't let us bring it in in our own cups, but she did pour it into a different cup for us. Good to know for people who are picky about their coffee! We had the banana pancakes (yum!), a large OJ (fresh squeezed!), and a side of bacon (delicious, thick-cut). Everything was very, very good. We shared everything and the total with tax and tip came to $22 and was more than enough food for 2 people. I would definitely recommend this place - it's very good! Only reason it didn't make it up to 5 stars is that it's pretty standard food, nothing too unique here.
I don't eat breakfast much, but when I do....This is the place to be. Service is always good, the portions are enough for 2 people, and the coffee is amazing.....and the prices really are not that bad.
Two words.....The Bomb!!! Old school diner style portions...with a creative touch!! Cherry crepes rock...bacon is the real deal!! You get what you pay for here!!!
First time visitors. Visited on Saturday around 10:45. The line was just barely out the door, but we were seated in less than 20 minutes. I hate waiting in line for any restaurant but this was worth it. (TIP for first time visitors - no need to go inside to put your name in. Just get in line). Seating can be a little cozy since the place isn't very big. Food was fantastic. I'll post a pic. Only complaint is that this location does not have biscuits and gravy. Service was great ... fast and courteous. FOOD TIP: Our waitress (Becky) said she always orders hash browns (what I would normally call breakfast potatoes) "extra crispy" so the kitchen throws them on the griddle a little longer. I don't know what they would be like without the extra crispy order, but the ones they brought to us were perfect. Not actually crispy...just perfect. Bacon, pancakes, eggs, sausage...it was all excellent. We will definitely go back.
Their skillets are AMAZING. Holy hell - I think this is better than any breakfast I've ever had. It's cheap, fills you up, has a slew of ingredients (and you can add/minus/substitute to your liking)... with two eggs on top (which honestly just makes anything and everything better). It's not that complicated to make, but boy do they make it good... I scarfed down the entire thing in about 5 minutes (and I'm a pretty slow eater!). If you like potatoes, cheese, egg yolks, and veggies (I added jalapeno peppers and bacon to mine)... get the vegetable skillet and add some stuff to your liking! So, so, so, so, SO delicious. I don't remember the last time I've sung so much praise about a restaurant on Yelp (I'm jaded now). Our server was so sweet, so smiley, and so perky on an overcast day. Fast, attentive, and so friendly - we couldn't help but smile back and enjoy ourselves. It's warm service like that that really adds to the value of a meal. I would DEFINITELY come here again. Haven't found a better bang for your buck anywhere else in the country!
This place is super busy so hop in line & be respectful. We're all in need of pancakes. It's usually a shorter wait than you'd expect. The breakfast is good but not great. I liked that the pancakes I had weren't heavy but they didn't have a ton of flavor. They're pancakes, I know, but gimme something you know? I did like that they brought a strawberry syrup and I could dip or pour as much as I'd like. It wasn't gel like or goopy either. Not the cleanest place I've seen either. I don't need the place to be spotless but it could stand for a little more care in that department. I do adore the brick walls & the homey touches of the place. Overall, I'd try this place again but I wouldn't make it a staple to bring everyone I knew to.
Honest review: the food is ok nothing special everything is supper eggy really is not worth the time or money plus the parking sucks the dutch baby lol everybody raving about it trust me its not that good mostly egg
We had Breakfast here two days into our stay in Chicago. Good typical Breakfast Fare , Service was reasonably prompt. Food was delicious. Prices were about what we expected for that area of Chicago.
The original pancake house is packed by 0800. Initially, I felt the prices might be a bit high for an omelet and pancakes, however, I was pleasantly surprised when my omelet arrived quickly and for a brief moment I was completely overwhelmed by the size. I had my omelet made to order, with spinach, broccoli (which is NOT an option at our IHOP in Missouri), cheddar cheese and bacon. My omelet was delicious and piping hot! FYI...The OPH uses real cheddar chese and not the chess sauce used by other places. Service is incredible and Wilson (last initial T) is extremely attentive, keeping my coffee and water filled. THE OPH uses real cream. The best part is the OPH is located just across from the wonderful and sheik Thompson Chicago where my husband and I were staying, so I simple walked over and back in less than 30 seconds. I will be back likely in the morning before I hit the road and head back to Saint Louis.
The apple pancake was literally to die for - I tried as hard as I could to gulp all of it down, because it was outstandingly delicious, but it was far too much for me to eat. Everything we had was delicious, with very generous portions, and nice service. Of course we waited in line for 30+ minutes, so be prepared... but it was worth it.
Great service, great food! A quick breakfast fix for whenever you have a hankering for something scrumptious! I love coming here on my lunch break with friends from the office. The service is fast and they are always attentive no matter how busy it is!
I love these kind of places. Great value for money, food is nothing too fancy but really tasty and ample portions. It's location is s little surreal surrounded by fancy Gold Coast restaurants but it had a steady stream of custom while we were there and that really wasn't surprising. Went back several times for breakfast during my visit :)
Great, awesome food. Have one of the omelet and you'll fall in love, than you will understand me! Try it out
An Apparent secret in Chicago, this was a great stop for breakfast and a must have is the baked apple pancake. It comes out huge but once you cut in it deflates like a tire with a hole in it. But tastes phenominal. Worth taking a ride here for breakfast. It was just a short walk from the hotel so vary convenient. The line grew longer as the morning went on so get there early if you don't like to wait.
Friendly service, food delivered quickly and was good, coffee was hot and refilled often. No complaints! Went as a single diner and shared table with other single diners, that's fine however, felt somewhat rushed and no time or space to read paper. If looking to relax and have a leisurely breakfast you might feel a little pressed to move it along. If looking for a quick good breakfast then you'll be good. Btw...bacon is thick and really good.
I'm originally from Madison, Wisconsin so I'm very familiar with the Original Pancake House. All locations are different, for example, the one back home gives you a "number" and puts you on a waiting list, this location does not, similar to first come, first serve with lower waiting times for smaller parties. I have been to this locations dozens of times since moving to Chicago and every time is great. Always get the same thing 49er Flapjacks and a coffee, never been a disappointment. Love this place!
The only reason I gave it two stars was because of our waitress. Otherwise, the service was horrible. We walked in and said we had a party of two. The guy at the hostess stand looked annoyed and said "okay, tell her." We were seated at a 6 top with a family of 4 with two kids. It was really awkward since we were trying to have breakfast to celebrate our engagement. We decided to stay and order, but when I ordered the corn beef hash, they said they were out. I asked if they had the biscuits and gravy and they did not have them at this location. We had already ordered coffee, but we decided this was the last straw and asked for the check. Our waitress did everything she could to get us to stay, like offering to check when there would be more corn beef hash. Unfortunately, we were done at that point. We insisted we pay on coffee but she said it was on the house. We left and walked to hash house a go go. I was really disappointed because I had this place bookmarked on yelp for a long time, but I will not be back.
I been here many times and I love this place for breakfast food not just because I saw Bill Ranic. This place is always pack when I go since I always have to wait but the wait time is not long and my friends and I get seated right away. I love their potato pancake since it's so light and airy. When I am there I usually get their Benedict's breakfast and it taste delicious and I like their coffee. I would go back there anytime.
Heavenly! Absolute heaven... mouthwatering! I was just going to post the above sentence, but decided, I would elaborate a little bit. I know a lot of people complain about a wait, but IMO a wait generally means it is a good place to eat; if you don't want to wait, don't wait and go to IHOP and get mediocre food. This place is so good I wish I had more than one stomach (how gluttonous of me). I love, love, love the pancakes and the crepes and the omelets and the drinks and the ... well, just all of it. Go, now... and enjoy!
Just like it was when I was a kid. Big thick omelettes and pancakes. My mothers favorite place, whenever I am in town my mom has to go. No reason to write a lengthy review. If you have never been its a must go. A shack in the middle of the gold coast which I hope never closes.
The waffle texture is perfect - just a thin crisp and perfectly bready inside. We took my daughters here 3 breakfasts in a row on our vacation.
One word, AMAZING! I just randomly came across this place on yelp, and saw some great reviews, and lemme just say this, all those 5 star reviews were completely justififed. I walked in to a long queue, but first the queue moved quickly and then, more importantly it was totally worth it. We had to share the table with other people, but to me that just added to the color and ambiance of the place. I went there on Sunday afternoon around 1 and the brunch menu was still on. Based on the reviews, and the fact that I had just come from a run, I decided to go with the skillet. The skillet was supposed to be huge, for the appetite I had built up, and had pancakes on the side, who's gonna pass up on panxakes, right! Now I am a vegetarian, sort of, so I ordered the veggie skillet with half fried eggs, and it was worth the wait, lived up to the reviews, and was perfectly done in all respects. The pancake on the side, again, pretty awesome, and definitely a meal for a person and a half, if I had not just ran. I am definitely bringing more friends next time, this for me is one of the best American breakfasts I have had, hands down.
Attention Gluten Free people! You can eat pancakes again. Not only do they serve "gluten friendly" pancakes, but they are delicious!
I've been seeing Original Pancake Houses for years and never stepped inside. I was very impressed with the eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and the pancakes and crepes of course. The place has a very 50s to 70s cozy feel, an anachronism for Gold Coast, and great service.
I was so disappointed with the behavior of the front disk today .. This is not my first time in pancake house but I've not been treated like this before. The two ladies were rude .. I was waiting for a table for more than an hour then we waited to clean it for more than 10 mins and no one called us!!! We sit in the table without menus, we called the waiter to bring them and she was surprised that the ladies in front disk didn't bring any!!. Then rudely, one of the ladies in the front disk threw the menus in the table without a single word! Didn't even apologize for the long waiting!!! The restaurant was one of my favorite breakfast restaurant in Chicago, but not anymore!
Favorite breakfast place of all time. Go with the classic scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes. The omelette's are fantastic as well. Every time we come back to Chicago we make a special stop here. Sometimes the wait is a little long for me for a breakfast spot but it is worth it.
Ummm. Yum. I am a big fan of the Original Pancake House, and this location was the 'original' one for me. Years (and years and years) ago my husband and I used to take trips which didn't center around work. One of those trips domestically took us to Chicago and we spent some days exploring the city and putzing around. Of course we had to eat, and he decided to take me here to this little breakfast place. Because it was a weekend morning there was a lane snaked around the building, and I gave him a raised eyebrow look. Eventually we were at the front of the line and my feet forgave my husband pretty quickly. Usually I am a savory breakfast fan, but with a name like this I had to go the pancake route. I opted for a massive baked apple concoction per the waitress' recommendation, and my hubby chose the fluffy domed Dutch baby pancake (how appropriate). Both pancakes take a while to m(b)ake, but man are they good! Many more trips followed and I realized that their coffee is delicious, their fresh orange juice is the bomb, their whipped cream has a high fat content and thus great flavor, their scrambled eggs are fluffy, their regular buttermilk pancakes sweep me off my feet, their baked homemade corned beef hash is worth the additional wait for baking, the fresh strawberry crepe is hard to beat and their bacon...man, their bacon is like a thick cut slab of bacon steak. *insert Angels singing* Yes, I am a fan.. and the wait is worth every minute.
Solid breakfast. Nice pancakes as you would expect. Good coffee. Quick service. Long line might seem imposing but it moves quickly. Not too expensive either. Oatmeal with fruit was a disappointment, however. Way too sweet for my tastes. But, then again, all the pancakes had powdered sugar so it is not for the faint of heart (or weak of heart).
We came in here late on a rainy Tuesday afternoon expecting to have skipped the lines which are a staple to this place over the weekend...I guess it was just wishful thinking on my part! The line was still in place despite it being a working day(not to mention the rain) and about an hour to closing time. After a wait of about half hr during which we salivated over the food being taken to the other patron's table we were finally seated! We started our meal with some fresh house brewed coffee(I loved the free refills). Our party of four ordered the egg Benedict, Dutch Delight, side of sausage and toast. If you are not a big eater, this is more than adequate for 4 people. Since the Dutch Delight is made to order we had a 25 minute wait for it. The Dutch Delight was delicious but not amazing. The Eggs Benedict too were tasty but I have had better( I still think the Eggs Benedict at Cafe Luna in Boston is by far the best I have ever had and I often dream of it!). The sausage patties in my opinion was the show stealer of the meal. It was flavorful and cooked to perfection. I guess I was a little disappointment by the experience especially after reading such rave reviews about the place. I had high expectation and it fell short by a lot. Overall: it was a good experience but I have had better!
Day 1 - Had blueberry pancakes; menu said it was fresh blueberries but it was not. Day 2 - Tried eggs and corn beef hash with a side of pancakes; hit the spot as expected but not gourmet, also as expected. My friends loved their Strawberry Crepe and Dutchbaby with bananas and strawberries. The fruit was fresh and tasty. Long lines both days, moved pretty quickly. Food came quickly and the servers were wonderful both times. Bathroom not so great, so go before and after.
Just great breakfast food for great prices and fast service. I make it a point to visit here whenever I am I'm in Chicago. Come eat and enjoy!!!!
In the midst of sleek shopping and restaurants lies little ole Original Pancake House. And I emphasize little. On a Sunday morning 8ish, there was still a 10 minute wait. By 830 there was already a line in their vestibule. Pancakes, waffles, omelettes, crepes. All the basic breakfast food groups are covered. We split a veggie (tomato, broccoli and mushroom) egg white omelet, the 49'ers flapjacks and the Hawaiian pancakes. The omelet and flapjacks were really good; very well-made and a huge portion. The Hawaiian pancakes were nothing special--just regular buttermilk pancakes topped with crushed (canned) pineapple and the tropical syrup was pretty bland. Oh well, worth a try. The coffee is strong and plentiful. Service was super sweet and friendly. The layout of the restaurant is very small and pretty cramped. When the restaurant is full, there's not much elbow room so save your post meal stretch for when you step outside.
I had the apple pancake and tried some of the dutch delight. My pancake was huge so it can be splitted between 2 people.
Pretty typical American cafe. Nothing super extraordinary. Decor reminds me of an IHOP. Food was pretty mediocre, but I will say that the bacon was excellent. For a little bit more ($$), you can probably find a breakfast/brunch place that is much better.
I gotta say the past two consecutive breakfasts I had these past two days in Chicago was spectacular. The banana pancakes are stuffed with bananas and with a side of scrambled eggs and crisp bacon it left me in a sort of bliss that made me just sit back and bask in the goodness and glory of it all. I recommend the strawberry crepe also a great deal. The service is very swift and friendly, so you really feel like your treated as apart of their family. I would definitely come again! Hands down best breakfast place in Chicago!!
This was very disappointing. While the food was decent I was told at the very end that I needed to give up my table for a birthday party. I had finished my meal and have been drinking coffee without food for no more than 15 minutes. The idea to rush a paying customer out is never okay. Probably will not return.
I like Original Pancake House. Their food is pretty good.
Order the meat lovers, you will be glad you did. The pancakes are fantastic. I thought this was another IHOP but much better. I got a piece of bone in ham, very good. The staff is very friendly. Apparently there are many regulars who love going there. The staff seem to make an effort to know their names not just the faces. I would go back in a heart beat for breakfast. It is better than spending $50-75 at the other high end places for food you are not sure about.
This has become my go-to breakfast joint for good cheap food since I moved to Rush & Chicago. The wait on the weekends can be up to 30 minutes, but it's worth it considering the prices for the neighborhood. I always order some variation of pancakes with turkey bacon and never feel disappointed with the food quality. There's one particular older blonde waitress who is always a pleasure every time I'm seated in her section. Cons- The time management here can seem a bit off. I've sat and ate breakfast with my roommate while two men waited 10 minutes for glasses of water and an additional 15 minutes just for a waiter to come and take their order. Worst part is the the restaurant was not even close to being as busy as it is a typical Sunday. The girls at the check-out desk are just plain rude! They could care less how you approach them because they've already made up their minds to have a gross attitude.
The chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream were awesome! Will definitely be back for more!
Huge selection! Goodness we couldn't decide which to take. The food was delicious, a perfect brunch place. Be advised there is a long line to get seated but the line moves fast so its worth waiting. I loved that though the place was hectic the staff gave you the feeling that they have all the time in the world. Loved that. Totally not rushing or pushing you out. The vibe at this place is excellent, relaxed, happy, and family oriented.
It was my first time in Chi-Town and I had a ball! The ladies and I went her for brunch and it was fab...we sat outside and chatted as we people watched and looked over the tantalizing menu with so many delicious pancake choices. I decided on the banana pancake and egg whites, which was great! I also tried the Pecan pancake which was good too! This place is solid. It was overall a beautiful afternoon with lovely ladies and great grub. When I return to Chicago, I'm definitely going back!
Great breakfast joint hidden off to the side of the more glitzier shops and restaurants on Rush street. As others have mentioned it's not a huge space so there's always a line on the weekends but from my experience it tends to move pretty fast. Every type of pancake I've had here has been awesome and their omelettes and eggs benedict are great too. Definitely my favorite breakfast place in the city.
So I've only ordered the same thing when I come here. The plain ol' pancakes. But man, these are the best pancakes I've had in the city. Perfectly soft, fluffy and buttery every time.
We came for breakfast on a Sunday morning about 11:00. There was a line but it went by fast. I had the bacon lovers something something. 6 pieces yes I said 6 pieces of bacon and 3 eggs and 3 small pancakes. I loved it. We will come back. Also we had the best waitress (Nikki) in the world.
Very good breakfast place! I had the eggs Florentine with potato pancakes and they were delicious! The line seemed long but moved very quickly, especially because there were only 2 of us. We only waited about 15 minutes. When we left at 10:20 on a Sunday, there were 2 lines in the hallway and a line out the door. Well worth the wait!
Ashton Kutcher was there this past Sat; that was cool. The food...meh! What happened to this place? I've been here a few times and remember it being much better. It just didn't taste good (no seasoning in my skillet and pancakes that were blah).
This is truly a 3.5 star review for me. I have been to the OPH a handful of times, but its been a few years since my last visit. I know enough that this place can get very crowded, so I'll start with the good - when we arrived there was NO WAIT and we had our choice of tables. Now, I'll mention we did arrive at about 7:50 on a Saturday morning, so yes, it was early. I let the birthday girl pick the table. She chose a 4-top outside under an umbrella, which the hostess happily sat us at. When the waiter arrived 2 minutes later, he said they don't usually seat those tables until 8AM, but he would make an exception for us (gee, thanks buddy, seeing that it was 7:50, I was not overly impressed at his exception). He rushed us to order. Did not offer any drinks besides water, I probably would have gotten a juice if he hadnt seemed so annoyed we sat at the 8AM tables at 7:50Am. I opted for the Vegetarian Omelet, my daughter got the kids chocolate chip pancakes with sausage. I am a huge fan of pancakes, but I like them simple - plain ol pancakes with butter and syrup. I have never been a fan of overly sweet breakfast items - but these chocolate chip pancakes were out of this world. Served with powdered sugar and whipped cream (hello, sugar) this dish is more like a dessert than a breakfast. The sausage, however that came with it was not very good. It tasted undercooked or old. My omelet was huge, and filled with fresh, chunky vegetables and a generous amount of cheddar cheese, but literally just plopped down on a plate - so nothing pretty presentation wise, despite its $11 price tag. Daughter pegged the meal as "best breakfast ever" but she is 6, so trust me when I say, yes, the food is worth the hefty gold coast price tag, but don't expect white glove service :)
Love this place. Usually there is a line out the door. But the combination of weekday and mid afternoon (close at 3:00) is a winning one! Seated immediately, and the signature Dutch Baby came practically at the speed of light, or at least for this divine meal.
Was just walking by on a morning and went in. Even though I was alone and the place was 90% full, I was seated with a smile. Hard time deciding what to have but I had the corned beef hash and eggs. Really interesting (good) hash. The waitress came by very often filling my coffee. Prices reasonable, very friendly people and great food. I'll go out of my way next time I'm in Chicago to stop in for Breakfast.
The Original Pancake house was simply put- awesome. Perfect way to start the day in Chicago. What I love is most of the entrees come with a few pancakes (which are awesome), so you can try multiple things. The Chorizo egg bowl was one of the better things i ate on the trip and that's hard to do in a town like Chicago. It's a must do when in the area.
AMAZING!!!! This place is unavailable, defiantly worth the 15 min wait we had to go through. The Spanish/Mexican omelette was delicious, same with the chocolate pancakes. The hash browns were a little off but they took them back and got them well done and made them perfect. Probably the best breakfast place in the Gold Coast without breaking your wallet like other places in the area.
This place is so bomb.. We heard great things about it and stopped in here before heading out of Chicago. You'll most likely have to wait in line for about 5-10 mins before getting a table. Their menu is huge, it'll have anything you could possibly want for breakfast plus some Dutch or Belgium favorites. I got a simple turkey sausage and eggs breakfast with pancakes and coffee. My entire breakfast was perfect I was very happy they offered slightly healthier meat options. Their coffee was also very good. Apparently they roast it themselves and you can buy a pound for $10. I may do that, good souvenir! In all, worth the wait. You must try!
Large portions, endless options, tasty food, and reasonable prices (for a Gold Coast brunch). Admittedly, I'm not a pancake person, but the omelets are massive, and pancake are always offered as a side. Toast? pfffft. Who gets toast? For you gluten-free foodies, they are now offering a "gluten-free" pancake. If you are highly allergic, not your thing, but for those that just try to avoid or are mildly sensitive, it will work. Plenty of open tables on a recent warm Saturday, and service moves quick. Only qualm was really that coffee refills were slow to come, but I really don't need to be drinking that much anyway. #jitters So walk past the "see and be seen" scene at Tavern and Lux, and mosey on into Pancake House if you just want to stuff your face.
We reached out to the OPH on behalf of our wedding guests and they were amazing!!! They gave us a stack of coupons to put in our guest hotel gift bags, that included a nice message and congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Parsch. They were located right across the street from the Thompson, so it was convenient for people as well. Also, we just received a card from them congratulating us on our marriage with a gift certificate for us to come back and eat there! How thoughtful! I highly recommend them to anyone and their food is delicious!
I love visiting this place every time I visit Chicago. There are just no better pancakes! And the skillets are amazing. Service is always pretty good. You might have to wait a little bit for a table, but totally worth it.
Dutch baby, that's the only reason I go there. I'm sure everything is good but that's my absolute fav!! It's a tiny place so there's usually a line, but it's definitely worth the wait.
It's the original pancake house. It's affordable and addictive. Can't go wrong with the french toast or pancakes.
We got here at the perfect time today. As soon as we were seated, we blinked and the line was out the door. Original pancake house was our favorite breakfast spot back home in Texas. We have tried one other location in Chicagoland since moving and it was terrible. This location is so, so much better. Still not the exact replica of what we are used to but pretty damn close. It's in a great area of town too, so once you finish your big breakfast you are walking distance of pretty much anywhere of interest in the river north area. I had the strawberry waffle with fresh sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and their homemade strawberry syrup which is wonderful. My husband got a meat lovers plate that came with eggs, sausage links, ham, bacon, and a side of pancakes which he substituted for bacon pancakes and he was in heaven. Great food here, but come early or you will be waiting a while!
The long line moved quickly- the hostess staff was organized and friendly. Service was great- your typical family brunch stop. I felt comfortable having my kiddo with me. My waffle was delicious- cooked perfectly. My husband had the bacon pancakes and he thought they were great. A friend ordered a new twist on Eggs Benedict which he enjoyed, but the other two people in our group were disappointed with their egg dishes. We sat inside which was nice and cool, but the outside looked lovely too. I would come back here- the earlier the better to avoid the long lines. The line was three times as long when we were leaving at 11am.
Breakfast does not get better than this. Apple Waffle, apple pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes are like cocaine. It will change your life but in a good way. This place almost always handles and fullfills breakfast desires better than any other breakfast place.
Went to this place for the first time the other day with two others. Wait is not bad, there was a line, but we were seated within 20 minutes on saturday morning at 11:30am. We shared the "dutch treat", and each of us also had individual orders - in my case, I got the eggs florentine. Overall, the food was not bad at all. Was pleasantly surprised with the dutch treat because there probably was more egg in it than pancake batter (which was what my group thought it would be). Eggs Florentine was ok, and the potato pancakes that came with it was a good change (from regular pancakes). Overall, this is a decent brunch place (would give 3.5 stars if I could). Other than a few of their specialties (e.g. dutch baby, apple pancakes, dutch treat, etc), it's basically a slightly better version of IHOP. Since this place is close by, I probably would drop by a second time in the future.
Waited in line for over half an hour. Wanted to order their biscuits and gravy, which is oa on their menu, just to be told they don't serve that dish there. Ridiculous! Never go there again. Instead went to the breakfast place called Hash House 2 block down is less crowded and actually serves dishes that are on their menu.
Pancakes were the same as any other place and the omelette was just comically large, but neither had anything special about it that made it stand out in any way, big or small. They don't do straws, which is why water spilled all over me when the ice attacked my face, torso and lap; the cups have a really stupid design that allows for this. You can only drink half of the cup of water before it starts showering you. Service was average, which i liked.
Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the pancakes here. I had pecan which were not only loaded with nuts but topped with them too! I also had a scramble (more like hash) with chorizo! I didn't think I could finish it but the fat girl prevailed. Soooo good!
Arrived at around 10 am on Monday, had to wait about 5 minutes, this restaurant is tiny. Ordered the bacon lover meal, nothing special but the bacon was nice and thick. The wife ordered the Belgian waffle, so light and tender. The only problem we encountered was the syrup dispenser had sticky handles, please wipe them down from time to time. Service was very attentive. Will go again if we're ever in Chicago again!
Loved that it was across the street from my hotel (Thompson Hotel). I went there almost everyday for breakfast and got something different each time and each time was delicious. I did not try the Dutch pancake or the Dutch Baby but it looked really tempting! That would probably be good for a group of 4-5 people. This is a good classic spot and they can't go wrong.
The sign of a good breakfast place is the line out the door, of a crowded room/hallway, with 30+ minute wait, but no one is moving. That is exactly what Original Pancake House is, plus more. You add on the family dining room like feel and the quick witted waitresses who acts like your aunt and you've got even more. I've gotten the traditional buttermilk pancakes, some of the hashes and the eggs Benedict. None let me down. I also get their coffee, which is superb for diner coffee. It's not watery and comes with free refills, so caff up. My plate is always gone in under 10 mins and I'm always excited for the rest of the day that we got breakfast here. Two people can be well fed (usually with leftovers), including drinks for about $30. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Holy crap that is some great food! I ordered the meat lover breakfast... So good. Came with chocolate chip pancakes. My biggest complaint is the price. Super super expensive! Be prepared to shell out more than expected for breakfast. A little cold waiting in the hallway outside the restaurant. Good service too!
For the last 10 years, I have been coming here when I am around Water Tower Place. Food quality is consistently good. Patrons are also consistently loyal during weekday lunch and consistently ridiculous on weekends. My only sighting of Fabio (yup, the romance novel cover boy). From a sitting position, it didn't look like Fabio is 6'3". It was easy to spot his frizzy bleached blonde hair. My favorites on the menu: Swedish Pancake and Dutch Baby Treat. European Tourist frowns that it's the same batter, but I would gladly take the American version than the salted Helsinki cardboard crepe. Fresh Strawberries is the major attraction! The plump strawberries had a lot of carbon footprint, but it's better than the soggy frozen version. Don't forget to say hello to the charming, perfectly mannered Argentinian born Italian Diego!
I am a fan and have been since the early 80's...started coming here with my children when they were in strollers and we've been coming back ever since for the apple pancakes, Dutch babies, wonderful omelettes and bacon ever since...don't change a thing!
The Dutch baby can be shared, it was amazing.....a little wait for it, but hubby loved it and we didn't even have to eat until dinner time, which is an accomplishment to say the least. I had the pecan pancakes which were very good, but I was eyeing the Dutch baby!!! Next time we are sharing.
The best breakfast food in town and the nicest servers. There is a wait but well worth your time. I would definitely come back here on my next visit. I had the pigs in a blanket, yum!
The food was delicious. Perfect eggs, fresh squeezed OJ, buttermilk pancakes that melt in your mouth. The ingredient quality really stood out. Real whipped butter, real milk in the batter. We went with simple food instead of a specialty, but simple didn't mean lame. Quick and friendly service, and short wait times even at peak busy hours. This isn't your local IHOP by any stretch.
The Mister and I made an impromptu trip to Chicago on Christmas day vowing to do Chicago-only things. I thought for sure this was one of those... until I walked in and saw their list of other locations.. One of which happens to be down the street from my work place in SoCal! What a fail. Anyway, we had quite a few parties ahead of us, but the staff is very efficient of getting people in and out without rushing anyone. We were seated in just under 15 minutes. I had the pumpkin waffle. It was DELISH! It's no Crema Cafe, but it's good nonetheless. I opted to shake out the excess cinnamon sugar and walnuts. The waffle itself was good enough for me although I think they could've left it on the waffle machine a little longer so that it was crispy as mine was just soft. The flavor was all there though!
We went on a Tuesday mid-morning and there was a line waiting to get in. The place isn't very big but has many tables outside. There was only two of us so the wait wasn't very long. The waitress was very friendly and the food was very good. We both had skillets, enough for breakfast and lunch.
This place rocks!! The Breakfast here is no Friggin joke!! I wish this place was in LA it's that good. First off me and my bro DB went here hoping to get a good breakfast, and they did not disappoint! I ordered the eggs Benedict, he had the meat lovers breakfast ! Both were phenomenal. The real star of the show were the order of. Pumpkin Pancakes with pecans and powdered sugar and cinnamon with whipped cream!!! Whew!!! These jewels are so insane, my boy doesn't even like pumpkins and he ate the ass outta these!! This place is way cool and nostalgic, it's been here for 35 years, and the quality shows, if you get a chance come thru, it's worth it.
In short: great service, food was delicious, clean restroom; however only one person restroom per gender. Seems to get crowded fast. Details: came here for brunch with a friend day after Thanksgiving. Seating was quick as it was just the two of us. Due to the popularity and size of the restaurant, some people may be sitting in a communal setting which makes for great conversations and meeting new people. I ordered the potato pancakes which were great with the sour cream and apple sauce. Service was attentive. Restroom was clean, but only was for one person at a time. The guys restroom also did not have a baby changing table, but it was not expected when I walked in. I would definitely come back.
We visit Chicago twice a year and the pancake house is a must! I always get the cherry Crepes, they are the best I've ever had! We've never been disappointed and everyone is very nice.
Now... I'm no businessman, but I was always under the impression that "money" is better than "no money." I went to the Original Pancake House this morning with my wife and two friends. I had a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee with me, too. After waiting for twenty minutes in their firetrap of a vestibule, the hostess asked me if I was finished with my beverage as she was readying to take us to our table. I told her I wasn't. She proceeded to inform me that I couldn't bring my coffee in with me. Seriously? I wasn't trying to bring in a stack of someone else's pancakes. It was a cup of coffee. My coffee. I don't want your coffee, Original Pancake House. I want my coffee. So, I gave it to her and took a seat with the rest of my party. I then ordered precisely zero dollars worth of anything. So, because you tried to shake me down over a $1.50 cup of coffee, you instead lost out on the $20 worth of food that I would have ordered. I like breakfast. A lot. Again... I haven't an MBA, but isn't twenty dollars better than no dollars? A policy like the one that prohibits paying customers from bringing in something as trivial as their own cup of coffee (particularly in an urban environment where people seldom walk around without the stuff) shows nothing but shortsightedness and contempt for your customers. It's a way of flexing your muscles and trying to show just what people are willing to put up with in order to wrap their lips around your fork. Well, I'm nobody's whore. I won't put up with it. I've got news for you, Original Pancake House... you're not that original. There's two-dozen other places in Chicagoland that do exactly what you do as well as you do it. I'll go to one that lets me have my coffee and understands that twenty dollars is better than no dollars.
We've been to a couple of these restaurants. This one is not overly large, but how they manage the people waiting to enter and eat is a mystery...but they do it with grace. We have the usual breakfast items, eggs, bacon, toast etc. I ordered the side of hash browns...my goodness it was the size of the plate...much more than I could eat. Friendly service with a smile, good prices.
Quaint little breakfast restaurant with good food. I lived nearby and it can get crowded and loud.
Venue might look anything special but the experience really was. Congenial service and clearly many regulars and the staff were really welcoming and chatty. Most importantly my "Dutch treat" was fantastic. A Dutch bowl style pancake filled with banana and strawberry and served with a delicious strawberry syrup. Light fluffy and so moorish. I wolfed the lot. Fresh OJ and coffee to with. Great start to the day.
So.....we were seated outside on the sidewalk, and this family walks by. The little girl in the group started screaming at the pigeons (kinda like that feral kid from "Mad Max"). I thought she was gonna bite off of one, a la Ozzy Osborne. The Dutch Garden was good
I thought this was a local restaurant only to find out later that this is a franchise. They have this same restaurant located in a few places in northern CA. No matter - I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. Luckily, no long line for us but the place was packed! Had that dated 70s look - looked kinda dingy and lacked elbow room. Breakfast is breakfast - can't go wrong with breakfast, can you? Service was a bit slow but price and food portion was pretty reasonable. I wouldn't mind coming back and I'm certainly going to visit their northern CA locations.
They do take your coffee so don't bring one unless you want it thrown out. The line moves fast. Server was like a sweet, chain smoking, aunt. Pancakes were standard. I did enjoy a nice spinach crepe, but I was the only one in our group who seemed to be pleased.
True story: the Original Pancake House was both my first and last meal when I moved to and eventually from Chicago. In between, I probably ate here 20 times so I suppose that would make me something of an authority on the prowess of these pancakes. The portions are huge and there's a nice variety of options besides just the to-be-expected hotcakes and french toast. The service is efficient and you get a rather interesting cross section of Chicago almost any morning (think CME traders in suits next to nuns next to vacationing families). And I'd be remiss if I didn't add that the coffee is usually quite good (and bottomless, diner-style). Particularly on cold wintry days, the line can get quite long. And while the prices aren't dirt cheap, you're in the Gold Coast, so expecting a $5 grand slam breakfast really just isn't reasonable. Then again, it's a whole lot better than the $25 and up you'll pay at any nearby hotel. All in all, a solid spot for a casual breakfast. 3.5 stars
Oh my! Beware the omelets are HUGE! Definitely bigger than my hand. I don't normally like pancakes but the ones I had here were very fluffy and tasty. Service was fast and price was good.
Just had breakfast with friends. Food was great! In from NY. I would definitely go back! I have eaten here several times and they never disappoint! It's a very friendly atmosphere where you feel comfortable speaking to people around you. I will definitely go back next time I'm in Chicago!!!
If you're in the Viagara Triangle and want to feel like you're at a nice neighborhood joint, come to the Original Pancake House. Super sweet auntie waitresses quick to refill your coffee, elderly regulars muttering "oh man I'm losing it" repeatedly, and unreasonably large portion sizes of pancakes and the like. 2 people should share one dish (maybe with a side if you're super hungry. We had the corned beef hash, pancakes, and dutch treat. All were good, but the dutch treat I think is really nothing special. I used to take my mom to the one in my hometown in California every year for Mother's Day... did not realize it was a national chain. Still a solid choice for diner breakfast, halfway across the country and 10 years later.
I ordered an omelette, which comes with a side of toast or 3 pancakes. I asked if I could get a side of hash browns instead and they said no. That seems like a fairly simple request.... Overall, the food was just alright. Not great, but pretty quick and in a convenient location. Obviously it was overpriced, just like everything in the Gold Coast.
There is one reason to visit the Original Pancake House and the first clue is its name - the Pancakes - any kind. My wife ordered the buttermilk pancakes which looked huge when it arrived but were so light and fluffy that they vanished a few minutes later. My Swedish Dutch baby was super fluffy and delicious. You have to use some lemon and sugar on with for the full effect. Wish they had fresh squeeze orange juice instead of the pasteurized processed stuff.
Good food but terrible hostess working Friday mornings. Management should consider putting her in the back of the house.
I have been to this place several times over the last year, and this place always provides decent food with great portion. There is always a long line in this place, but the waiting time is not that bad. In this restaurant, we've had omelette, french toast, skillet, and pancakes. I think their pancakes are great, very tender and soft. Other dishes were hit or miss when we had them. To have some nice pancakes, a definite recommendation. For everything else, it's still a good option for a nice brunch.
I enjoyed my visit to the pancake house. I couldn't believe how much food they serve. I ate breakfast here almost every day during my trip to Chicago and was full for the entire day. My only negative comment was the omlettes were huge and they did not look too appetizing, the rest of the food though was fantastic!
I grew up going to The Original Pancake House since I was 3 years old. Pancakes are like a religion in my family and this is our church. Get the 49ers, dutch baby or apple pancake and disregard any other "pancakes" on the menu. This is the mecca for true pancake aficionados. In addition to this location, I've been to the one on Clark, out in the burbs and in various cities, including Scottsdale and Atlanta.
Outstanding! Arrived at 8:30 on a Sunday morning and just beat the rush. Blueberry pancakes were a sweet treat, and the artery clogging bacon is delicioso!
I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever ordered pancakes for breakfast at a restaurant - I am typically more into eggs, but when in Rome... Ordered the strawberry pancakes which were delicious and a nice change. They were nice and fluffy and the fresh strawberries and strawberry syrup were a nice touch. I opted out of the whipped cream but I am sure that would have also been good. Prices seemed a little high for what you got (then again this is the Gold Coast!) and service was just OK. Our waitress was good but the hostess was a little too rude when I tried to bring in an iced coffee from Dunkin, I understand why they would want me to get rid of it, I wasn't even thinking, but there is a nicer way it could have been done!
We stayed at the Sutton Place right across the street, and stopped in here for breakfast on Friday morning. It was packed, but service was quick for inside seating (there was a wait for outside seating). Once seated, our waitress was quick, friendly, and cool. Our food arrived with no errors, and she kept the coffee flowing. I know it's a chain, but it's great to find places that do pancakes right!
Best pancakes I've ever had! Chocolate chip pancakes were amazing. We also got Mandarin crÃªpe and mushroom omlette, both were fantastic. The location is beautiful as well. Loved it.
I came here with my nephew and 2 nieces and we had a great time. The food was excellent and the service good. The line was already starting to form when we got there (pretty early) and only got worse as we ate. But we got seated pretty quickly and it was a quick turnaround once we sat down. This place is definitely popular! I assume it only gets worse as the day goes on. We got standard fare-- pancakes, eggs and breakfast meats. The kids loved the balloons they got for the walk home.
raise your hand if you love the pancake house! noms!
if you're here for breakfast, Dutch baby is a definite must order. Loved it. Waffles though were pretty ordinary. Came on a Saturday at 730 am. No wait, still had a couple of open tables inside and in the outdoor seating area. Service was quick and no frills. I recommend when you're in the area looking for a breakfast place.
Love it here- try their crepes! Try their Dutch Apple Pancake! Get there early especially on the weekends cause after 8am there could be a wait for a table.
Well, I met my friend Kate for an early breakfast and she lives nearby, so we went down to the Original Pancake House. We waited in line to get seated for a few minutes, and got in really pretty quick for a Sunday. The staff were all friendly, and the food was spot on for breakfast. I had the Denver Omelet and the fixings were plentiful. I'd def come back. A good breakfast staple.
Worth the wait! Everything is so yummy!
Breakfasts here are superb, and according to my kids this particular Original Pancake House is quite a bit better than others they've been to. I particularly enjoy their strawberry pancakes, while my kids swear by their healthier dishes. Unfortunately, the great food can lead to a line outside the restaurant, but the line generally moves quite quickly. It would be nice, though, if the manager could get some of the loiterers to leave the restaurant once they've finished their after-meal coffee -- the restaurant seems to be plagued by some local Gold Coast regulars who seem to think it's OK to spend the entire morning hanging out there.
Came here for breakfast with my boyfriend and we were quite surprised by the line! So of course since I'm so curious with lines we just HAD to dine here. I must say, I am extremely pleased and thankful that my boyfriend chose this place. When it was our turn to be seated (btw , worth the wait) I had the omelet and my boyfriend and strawberry crepes. Oh my goodness, the portion was huge! And it was delicious! My omelet wasn't greasy, and it had lots of flavor. Which I was so satisfied with because I'm more of a "warm" breakfast person rather than cereal cold blah. Also my omelet dish came with a side of pancakes. Wow, I was so amazed how delicious the pancakes were. Usually, I don't enjoy pancakes but this place converted me to pancakism. 8D !!! Also my boyfriend's strawberry crepes were so good. The creme that came with it with the strawberry syrup that complimented the nice soft texture of the crepes truly made me recall French crepes which I adore. I was being a piggy and ate some of my boyfriend's crepes while he had some of my omelet and oh my goodness - we are totally going back. However, the price was a bit steep for a breakfast place, but still I think it was worth it. You should definitely try this place when you are nearby :D
This was a favourite back in the day when I was living in the neighbourhood. A lot has changed in the 13 years since I have lived there but not this place. It is still a great place for generous portions of delicious breakfast food. Popped in the other day for a trip down memory lane and was not disappointed. With no wait as it was 2 PM on a Monday I was seated right away. I ordered the dish with the sausage, ham and bacon ( I love their bacon) 3 eggs and toast. I know, you didn't have the pancakes?!? Top it off with some hash browns on he side. This place get BUSY on the weekends, expect a wait in line but know that it will be worth it. All in all a delicious meal and only have two complaints... 1. Really, 2.99 for hash brown's? that is a it excessive and had I know I would have not ordered them... their okay but not $3 good, sorry. 2. Management - When speaking to your employee's in front of the customer please do not belittle them and then play it off with me by using flip comments about how you need to treat them that way otherwise he will... I don't dine out to hear other peoples problems. Despite those you still get 4 stars... because of the bacon.
I went here for breakfast after good night of drinking and mayhem. It was just what I needed to recharge me for the day. Me and my sweetums got there around 11am (yes, a late breakfast). There was a bit of a line but it seemed to move quickly and the people around us were very entertaining. But while in line a familiar face steps out of the restaurant, Vince Vaughn. Looking full from one heck of a breakfast, he posed for a group shot and waved, then booked it out of there to the Bears game later that day. So, that alone gave this place 2 stars, and 2 thumbs up to Vince Vaughn for keeping it real. Not to long after we were sat at a table and fed coffee and juice quickly. The staff here really has it together. They move seamlessly through the small crowded restaurant. I would call it a waitress and busboy ballet. After we got our drinks we ordered. Me a bacon Belgium waffle, and her corned beef hash (what a woman!). My waffle was cooked to a perfect golden brown and was laced with bits of bacon. It was a bacon lovers dream. Topped with some hot syrup I ate it quickly. My old-lady's hash was dank as can be. It was the potatoes and veggies were fresh and the corned beef was outstanding. I really was impressed with the breakfast here. This is a place downtown that I will seek out.
This place does not have Cholula but i'll let it slide. It's the best breakfast place in the Viagra Triangle.
Worth the wait. Been coming here for years. Love their straightforward bacon (thick flavorful) and eggs. Served piping hot. Efficient fair prices. Great teamwork. Generous portions
Awesome place to get some good breakfast but be prepared for a wait! Doesn't matter though as this is the place to be and everyone knows it. All people from local to tourists who know this spot are the ones waiting in line. the food is great, they have their special renditions of omelettes and all kinds of interesting waffles. if you are in town and need a place to go for breakfast, you must try this place. Scratch that, no matter where you eat in Chicago, you must make this a stop on your list before you leave the city!!!
I really like this place because its fast and moderately priced. It also happens to be 2 blocks from my apartment. The food is yummy and simple. The line usually goes by fast for brunch on the weekends too. However, I didnt love the service. Our waitress would throw plates and things on our table instead of placing them. She also was not the most attentive. Thats pretty much my only complaint. I would recommend this place for people in the neighborhood, but I would not travel far to come here.
The food was nice and the portions tooooo big. Everyone was friendly. 3.5 to 4 stars. Kind of what I would expect for a good breakfast place.
A great breakfast place in a Cool neighborhood. Their apple pancakes will shorten your life and help you die happy. There's often a line but the wait is rarely long.
You can never go wrong with a cup coffee and an apple pancake, if you like breakfast this is the spot to go!
Original pancake house is hands down my favorite brunch place at least from a food standpoint. The pancakes are AMAZING!! My favorite are the strawberry pancakes. Their egg dishes are also particularly good. My favorite is the diced ham and eggs. The only down side about this place is that the decor is horrible. Basically this place hasn't been updated in 30 years. It's dark and has boring, hard wooden tables. Also on the weekends there usually is a wait.
I've been here a few times over the last year, and the Pancake House has always delivered on solid breakfast. Occasionally the waitstaff can get over-whelmed, which is understandable, but still frustrating. It's a true guilty pleasure. Also, they have a nice patio, which is an extra great way to start your day.
pancakes...good ones. And syrup too. Long lines tough. Not much more to it.
Went there this morning for breakfast. Waited 20 min for an outside table then waited another 20 min for waitress to take our order. Then waited another 45 min for our food to arrive. Manager was not very accommodating, extremely rude and we watched as she gave a table to customers who did not have to wait like the rest of us. Also do not bring your dog there. They are not pet friendly and they will constantly remind you. Even though they knew we had a dog upon arrival, they neglected to inform us of their pet policy until we were sitting and had ordered. The food was good and hot but not worth the wait or putting up with the manager's attitude. I will not return in the future, which is unfortunate because it was one of my regular neighborhood spots.
Best pancakes I've had in quite some time, eggs were perfectly cooked. But, the best part of the meal was the chicken sausage that had apple, sage, and rosemary in it. Simply fantastic sausage. Didn't give 5 stars because the service could be better.
If you are looking for a great place to have breakfast this is the place. I was craving dutch babies and it seems that most places don't even know what they are let alone have them on the menu. My meal was great and there were so many good choices I had a hard time ordering the item I came there for! I loved that I could sit outside, but wish the place was a bit cleaner....one reason I didn't give it five stars.
This place is the real deal! In a neighborhood populated by high-end hotels and clothing stores, it was very fortunate that my bf and I found a cheap place for breakfast during our vacation. This location is towards the middle of the block, sandwiched between a more formal restaurant and expensive townhouses. It's homey and somewhat out of place, but that adds more to the charm. While neither of us ordered any of the specials (the Dutch Baby looked way too filling for our tastes, and the photo of the Apple Pancake was just intimidating), the food we did eat was delicious - buckwheat pancakes for him, and silver dollar pancakes for me. I would STRONGLY recommend, however, to order the 10 silver dollar pancakes for $5.99 instead of the measly 5 for $4.99 (I wonder why they even put such a ludicrous offer on the menu...). We were also very lucky that it was a beautiful, sunny day to eat outside. We got to the restaurant around 9:30am and waited less than 10 minutes for a table. I thought the short wait was because it was a Thursday morning. But at 10am, while my bf and I were sitting comfortably at a large outdoor table (they seated the 2 of us at a table meant for 4-6 people, which was surprisingly nice), the line was out the door! So come early, even on an ordinary weekday morning.
A great place to grab an epic breakfast. The Pancakes are HUGE, and the portion sizes on the other entrees are not for the faint of heart. The Venetian Benedict was delicious. The crepes with spinach were fresh and buttery,but perhaps too rich. The potato pancakes were wonderfully thin and not greasy at all.
I was skeptical but indeed the best pancakes I have ever had!
This chain is pretty dependable for great bacon, huge omelettes and great pancakes. (Except for the Honolulu incarnation- yuk) This location is one of the best. On a shady noble street in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, it looks more like a French bistro from the outside. I visited in spring and the flowers and outside seating were terrific. If you walk a block east, you'll be surrounded by majestic row house mansions. Really a great location. I found their omelet overly fluffy. I realize to most this is a plus, but not to me. It was more like a souffle. The food was delivered by a beautiful egga-a-natrix. A tough young Ukrainian woman who told me I WILL enjoy my breakfast!!! Fun place, very efficient. Expect lines at prime times.
I have been loving OPH for years all across the country, but I must say this is by far the best location I have eaten at. It's also the best place for breakfast in Chicago and I have been to them all (Bongo Room, M. Henry, etc.). What makes it the best? First of all, they can make savory items very tasty, an art many breakfast/brunch places never master. The Meat Lover's Skillet is amazing and the Eggs Florentine is probably the best rendition of poached egg on english muffin I have had the pleasure of eating. However, as the name implies they also put out the best, fluffiest buttermilk pancakes anywhere. Really, the thing that makes OPH special is that nothing is bad and I have eaten most of the things on the menu. Yeah, I have favorites, but pick what sounds interesting to you and you almost assuredly will leave happy.
The lineup on a Saturday was about 20 mins for the patio, so that was reasonable. Now maybe I'm used to the amazing brunch in SF, but for 4 stars this place really disappointing. Tried an omelettes with pancakes and it was extremely sub-par. Little taste, so I had to douse the omelette in hot sauce. The portions were also massive so I couldn't finish, this place really went for quantity over quality. The one plus was the waitress was extremely fast to fill up our coffee cups whenever we were running low, I think I had about 3 cups of coffee without even realizing it until after!
The food was average; from the reviews, I was expecting better food. It was not bad, just wasn't anything special. The Southern style hash Browns were bland and cold.
Yay. I actually always order to go. The phone girl is alwats pleasant and my order is always correct. Thanks for doing a great job... Chocolate Chip Panckakes & Sausage!
I got exactly what I wanted from this place. It was kind of like being in the suburbs, only we were in the heart of downtown. We sat inside because there was a wait for outdoor seating (it was such a beautiful day today!). I had the vegetarian skillet with pancakes and my fiancee had the french toast. I loved my skillet and pancakes. Honestly, it was nothing different than what you can find at the majority of other breakfast places, but I LOVE me some skillets, so I was very happy. The pancakes were good too. My fiancee liked her french toast, but she wasn't gaga over them. Service was fast and not overbearing. We didn't have to wait for our check and paid relatively quickly at the front register. What else could you ask for? Minus one star for the bathroom only being large enough for one person. This leads to long lines and crowding up by the front. I wish it were just a normal bathroom that can hold multiple people at a time. But aside from that, I'd definitely recommend this place to someone looking to get their breakfast fix in.
They are by far the best brunch place in downtown area. The dutch baby, Swedish crepes with spinach are some of the best I've ever had. The best part is that it's a few blocks from where we live, so come Sunday for really late risers like us ( read past 2) we motivate our lazy butts to get going for some original pancakes!
Best Breakfast in the Gold Coast. Come early this place gets jammed packed. On 7-9-2011 I am the first customer in line. They open at 7am I arrived at 6:45am.
Had yet another outstanding brunch this morning. Bacon and basted eggs deftly prepared. :-)
i've been going to Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette, and the other nearby locations for years where they serve amazing breakfasts and the best pancakes....especially the apple pancake! I was in the city and thought i'd try this other "original pancake house. " Well, it was disappointing to say the least; i should have walked out as soon as i saw the employee's sitting at a table talking apparently with a couple of their friends who walked in .....in Spanish loud enough to a make you think you were in Mexico, and one guy was mopping the floor around the tables making it totally unappetizing to say it mildly. Who wants to eat in that atmosphere? I ordered the famous apple pancake and it was nothing like the amazing one i get in Wilmette or the other locations in the northern burbs. It had the atmosphere one would expect to find in a 3rd world Mexican food joint in my opinion, and i'll never go back here, that's for sure!
Came here to get a breakfast on saturday. First, the line make me doubt if I'd stay. I told myself that if the line is so long, it must be good, then I staid. The wait in line wasn't that long. I ordered regular pancakes, my GF ordered an apple pancake (their specialty). The hostess has been totally honest with us, saying we'd have to wait for 25mn to get it. As my GF is always starving (god gave her an excellent shape and an infinite appetite... he could have thought about me a little on that...) she changed her order to a peach waffle. We ordered 2 orange juices too. The service was excellent, fast and nice. The food was great, and BIG. A lot of the clients didn't half of their plate and went away with it in a bag. Orange juices were from a bottle, not fresh squeezed. A bit disappointing for a $3 small glass, but it was still "not that bad". Finally, we paid $25. Once again, a bit expensive for what we ordered (compared to the same kind of breakfast we had in nice diners in NY, we had a big fresh OJ + a hot beverage added for the same price or even less), but it was really good and big, and I think a part of the price is dure to the reputation of the place. I recommend to go there, that was good. But I wouldn't go there weekly.
I came here by myself. It was a Friday at around 10:30am and was surprised at how busy it was. Since it was just me I was able to be seated immediately, however, I was seated at a table with a family. I don't necessarily mind the Eureopean-style seating where if there's an empty spot, you're allowed to sit there. However, I don't think the family enjoyed me crashing their party. I had eggs and turkey sausage. The sausage was a little mushy and the eggs were slimy (too much butter!). The pancakes were FANTASTIC and so was the fresh squeezed orange juice. I also appreciate a cashier rather than paying the server. It always seems to flow much smoother since I don't have to wait for the server to be free in order to pay my tab. I'll probably come back, but I'll insist on my own table and only order pancakes.
This quaint Breakfast place won my heart over! I ordered a skillet and my friend ordered the eggs benedict--both delicious! My only dislike is that it gets too crowded! Go early! Because I came as a party of 2, we were placed at a table with four other women! Talk about inconvenience! I wouldn't have minded except for the fact that they were running a neighborhood gossip chain! Yikes! The food was good, but I'll definitely think twice about going with a small group and risk being placed with complete strangers who are just yapping about nothing!
I came here with a couple of friends and we all ended up ordering the hashbrowns. I've never had one before but I trusted my friend's taste in food so I ordered it. I thought the hashbrowns tasted kind of bland. I usually like bland food, but I found myself putting a lot of tabasco sauce into my hashbrowns. Hmmm, I don't know. I think I'll have to try hashbrowns at another place just to be sure. I'm not a pancake person, but I thought their pancakes were pretty decent. They tasted light and fluffy as I think pancakes should taste like. They're not doughy so I take that as a good sign. Nothing about this place really wow-ed me though.
Good place for pancakes with the kids.
I would give the pumpkin pancakes a 5 star but everything else I've had after that makes my overall rating a 4 star. I tried the steak skillet (delicious!), apple pancake (pretty good and huge), pigs in a blanket (good!) and some pizza breakfast dish (not my favorite). They were pretty good but nothing extraordinary like the pumpkin pancakes were! Too bad they are seasonal.
Had the Hawaiian pancakes that come with a pineapple topping and a tropical fruity syrup. Quality of pancakes is very good. Wife had the spinach crepes with a side of potato cakes and enjoyed thoroughly. If you go on the weekend, go early (before 8:30); otherwise, expect to wait to be seated. Waitress was very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Stumbled upon this place by accident and we couldn't have been any happier. The food is absolutely delicious. The pancakes are something special! It can get crowded very quickly in the mornings so be patient, its worth the wait. The place itself is quite small and you may rub elbows with the people sitting at the table next to you. We had exceptional service and our waitress was friendly. The coffee is pretty good and isn't your typical run of the mill Folgers coffee. If you are looking for a delicious place to grab breakfast in the heart of Chicago, this is the spot!
AWESOME breakfast at a very reasonable price. The long line outside the place clearly indicates this is a place to eat. It does move quickly, so do not be discouraged. My boyfriend and I almost left cause it was cold, but we really wanted to try the place out and boy am I glad we did! My blueberry pancakes were light and fluffy and had intense flavor. The blueberry compote didn't even make the pancakes overwhelming--I actually preferred that over the syrup. My boyfriend's southwestern skillet came with a fresh salsa and packed a ton of flavor! Coffee is quiet good, a little on the bitter side, but still good and fresh! Food came out pretty quickly for being as busy as it was. Seating, however, is quite jammed. We were very happy to have a table that was close to the kitchen, but we were away from the crowded room and close to the bathroom.
i've never seen omelets so big in my life. most places use 3 eggs to make omelets, but i think they use 4 here, b/c it's massive. after being scared off by the gigantic omelet, i decided to get a blueberry waffle instead, which comes w/ a side of blueberry compote. the waffle was delicious, and they didn't skimp on the blueberries in the waffle either. the fiance got a skillet, which had potatoes, peppers, eggs, cheese, and a side of toast. it was also huge, and if you have a really big appetite, you can get pancakes instead of toast on the side.
Long lines that go fairly quickly, fast and friendly service, yummy pancakes, and an atmosphere that won't make you feel guilty for not washing your face (I was in a rush.) =)
more like 3.5 stars but what can you do... anyways, this place is another one of the endless brunch places chicago has to offer. the service is decent and you get a strange blend of customers as is to be expected for a viagra triangle restaurant. the food i've had has all been pretty good. the portions are smaller than other places, but i guess that's a good thing since it's still enough to fill you up. i haven't actually had any of their pancakes, but i'm guessing they're pretty good given the name of the place. if you're in the gold coast area and craving breakfast food, try here or tempo down the street.
did not disappoint! great atmosphere, cozy seating. very tasty Bacon Belgian Waffle!
Yummy! I woke up and had a craving for pancakes, and it was the first and probably closest place I could think of where I could get quality pancakes. My bf and I had a cute Sunday breakfast here. You can find all your typical breakfast faves like omelettes, skillet-types, crepes, pancakes, and waffles. We ordered banana pancakes, the Spanish omelette, and corned beef hash. All were great! There is probably about a 20-minute wait if you go around 10 AM and no wait at all if you choose to sit outside. Bellevue doesn't get that much traffic, so sitting alongside the street wouldn't distract you from your overall dining experience. Be ware of the birdies, though; they will try to swoop down on your food, or worse, doodoo on your chair, and you will accidentally place your hand in the green goo. The service is a little rushed, but they are all very attentive; busboys, servers, and the host himself will oftentimes offer to clear your plates when you aren't finished. Lastly, the five-star rating is for the reasonable prices for this area. Otherwise, it would have been 4 stars because it's not quite Walker Brothers.
The breakfast here is awesome. All of it. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, pancakes. Go in smaller groups to avoid longer waits. Definitely get the bananas and cream. If you like bananas. And cream.
Well, sometimes you have to wait (mainly on Sundays), but I'd say hands down it's the best breakfast I've ever had. Very cozy, homestyle mom-and -pop type of place... Food all tastes very homemade, they're quick with the coffee, and really, the line (although intimidating when you see it outside) goes really quick. I've never had a bad thing off of their menu. Excellent.
The portion sizes are large, no doubt. But they lack a little in flavor and imagination. This place is a decent option for breakfast when you don't feel like cooking, but I have a hard time thinking of anything exceptional about it. Perhaps the best thing about this place is the menu variety. No matter how big a group you have or what people are in the mood for, chances are you'll find something that hits the spot here. It's just nothing to write home about.
On your approach to the Gold Coast location you may be tempted to turn around and scurry away to Tempo or just forget brunch all together and just go to the Einstein's around the corner - the line is often out the door. Fear not, as long as you're not in a huge group the line moves quickly. You feel a bit like a celebrity when the hostess calls down the hall for a party of two and you get to walk past the masses and enjoy your pancakes earlier. This place also makes for great people watching, so the time in line and in the restaurant passes quickly. The service here is all about turnover, so make your decisions quickly and they'll get your food out to you in kind. Unless you order the apple pancake, in which case you have time to give yourself a shot of insulin while you wait. You're better off just eating half. Everything here is wonderful, but I'm particularly fond of the Dutch Baby Treat, the pumpkin pancakes, and the Mexican skillet (which comes with a side of pancakes - sub in the pumpkin goodness). Perhaps the food is sweetened by a bit of nostalgia for the Walker Bros location in Wilmette, but it hasn't lost it's luster in my mind.
The Dutch Baby at this place is a must try! I have been there a million times, but I didn't think to write up a review until I went for lunch yesterday. The service depends on who is serving you. Sometimes they're quick and courteous and sometimes they're slow and semi- impolite. Guess it depends on the mood of the server too huh? If you go on a weekday after or before lunch, you'll have no problems getting a seat, but they do close at 3PM, so I wouldn't suggest going any later than 2:30PM. What else? Fresh squeezed orange juice and specially made pancakes during certain holidays- Halloween = pumpkin pancakes, etc... It's hard to find parking, but its a hop, skip and a walk away from Water Tower. Be SURE to bring CASH, no credit cards accepted! Go check it out! Enjoy!
Best bacon anywhere. Love eating here when I visit Chicago. Chocolate Chip pancakes are awesome. Go off peak to avoid a line.
A glance through my reviews will show you that I'm not necessarily a diner chick... however, these pancakes rock the boat. Seriouly, these cakes are super. Ambience isn't the best but that's good-- hopefully none of your snotty friends will see you gorging yourself silly on this fried flour. Spend a serious weekday morning checking this out...
the first time i saw this place i was like "uh, i don't know about this" but my friend recommended it... rightfully so. now that i've moved a couple of blocks away i go there quite often. the fall special "pumpkin pancakes" are great and i also love the southwestern omelet. orange juice is fresh squeezed and delicious. the wait staff are very hospitable. the food is kind of expensive for breakfast, but the portions are huge, so go hungry. omelets are made with 4 eggs and pancakes specialties are usually 6. i'm not giving it 5 stars because of lack of options for portion sizing and one meal that i didn't care for - i think it was called vegetable dutch or something. way too cheesy. otherwise, definitely worth a visit
This was a Saturday morning staple for many months when I lived off of LaSalle and Division, and I miss it terribly. The food is very good, very filling, and reasonably priced for the amount of food you get. But it's the ambiance that I shed a tear for. I love this place for it's non-discriminatory attitude for everyone in the joint. Want a coffee refill Mr. Gold Coast? Fine, but you'll have to wait until the broke college kids get theirs first. Two-tops are squeezed together in a long row of 3 tables pushed together, and more than once I was sharing the syrup with the couple sitting so close I could smell their hang-overs. And the waitress barely stops by more than once, but who cares! You get everything you need in the first take. Plus, the long line out front gives you plenty of time to peruse the menu on the wall before walking in. This little shanty of a restaurant is tops in my book. Oh, and it was pretty cool walking over there wondering what celebrity you might encounter that morning. My list includes the dude from Prison Break (tall and handsome) and the dude from Who's Line is it Anyways (short and not-handsome). I miss you Pancake House!
was visiting from san francisco.. and decided to jump on this place for breakfast. i'll echo what others have said: the pancakes could become very addicitive. i don't what it was.. but those were some crazy good flapjacks. salty butter and maple syrup over perfect fluffy buttermilk jacks. YUM! the omellete was huge.. not very good, though. other than the flaps and crepes..the rest of the menu looked like it could be typically oversaturated high fatty diner food. but the PANCAKES really tripped a trigger!
Great pancakes. But it's not the same as Walker Bros.
Food is out of this world - sooo good. Be prepared to wait, though, if you come at any popular breakfast time (till noon on weekends). It's worth it, though. Prices are not cheap, but a great splurge - on $ and calories.
Brilliant breakfasts, which explains the line out the door most mornings. I've never had a bad meal here. The pancakes are always light and fluffy. I usually get the blueberry stack, which comes with a side bowl filled with blueberries and syrup - yum. Seasonal pumpkin pancakes are a special treat, too. Once, I ordered the gigantic apple-smothered pancakes. They were delicious, but that mound of molten apple took forever to cool. The waitstaff is always fast and friendly. Sleep in a bit, avoid the rush, and savor the mouthwatering goodness.
Overall 4 stars Price 3 ( kinda pricey for food that I can make at home, but nice when you want to a break from cooking...) Ambience 3.5 (kind of cramped) Service 4 coffee was always filled to the brim and very friendly staff Been here many Sundays, rain or shine. They usually have a line out the door, but it is worth the wait, since it goes pretty quickly. Good size portions... Today we got the famous Dutch apple dish, and it was delicious! Made with granny smith apples and it wasn't as sweet as I thought it looked. I had the blueberry belgian waffle, and thought it was decent also. Would have liked something to go with all the sweetness, though, since you don't get eggs with it.
The food is always yummy. I had the dutch baby. The service was great too. There is a bit of a wait to get seated but it's worth it. Be warned that it's cramped inside. You may have to share a table with another party. Also, the restrooms aren't big enough. You can only go one at a time which means there could be a wait.
The best breakfast in town. Long lines that move fast. Don't give up! You'll get yours! Excellent staff and expert cooks. Very social and a real taste of Chicagoans too! Friendly, close and comfortable.
Nice enough place. I had the apple pancake which was okay. Honestly, not to downgrade, but I've had better eats at IHOP & other breakfast eateries in other cities. Just sayin. But this is only one place in the Chi & I had only one item there. I look forward to trying other b-fast eatieries when back in the area.
This is a GREAT traditional American brunch/breakfast restaurant. I had a western skillet and shared a Dutch baby with a friend. The skillet was good and went with three buttermilk pancake. The cheese melted with potatoes and peppers tasted well. Dutch baby was great! They gave you some sugar powder, cream and lemon. These things went so well together. I saw many people had Apple pancake. The size was so huge and looked delicious. I will definitely try that one next time.
Although it is know for the Pancakes... The omelets are what they should really be known for. Unique, and fluffy like a cloud in heaven-the egg white spinach and feta omelet was hands down the best omelet I have ever opened my mouth for in my life. I'm not sure if they bake it, but it tasted like it was baked.My father in law ordered the peach crepes which were another must eat. All in all the wait for this place was well worth the line which wrapped around from the hostess desk going out the door and to the patio sidewalk seating. At first site the line for this place was a tad intimidating but after first bite I realized how sorry I would have been if I had left Chicago without experiencing the Original Omelet, I mean Original Pancake house . It is a must stop for breakfast while visiting the "brick" city! PS... the line moves fast and I recommend getting seated inside.
Good place for brunch, so many options, i really like the crepes and omlet !
Great friendly service! Terrific food! Quaint atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Highly recommend the dutch baby with bananas and strawberries and fresh home made strawberry syrup. So good! We r from out of town but when we come back would definitely eat here again.
Went here for breakfast the other day, and I was pretty disappointed in the food given the price. The eggs were mushy, the sausage wasn't crispy on the outside, and the pancakes were just pancakes. Also, I wanted biscuits and gravy, but they don't have it at this location, so I was overall quite unsatisfied in my experience. Wait staff was nice, place was busy, but the food was only so-so.
Hubby and I made a trip to Chicago and the concierge at our hotel recommended the Original Pancake House, and I am so glad that we took his recommendation. It is this tiny little building in the midst of big Chicago skyscrapers, but don't let the outward appearance fool you. This is the best pancake house ever! Even though the place was absolutely packed (which to me is always a good sign), we probably didn't even wait 5 minutes before we were seated, and once we ordered, the food was to us quickly as well. Hubby tried the Apple Pancakes, and I tried the Blueberry Pancakes, and they were both absolutely delicious! I definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Chicago! Cheers!
The Dutch Baby Rules!! So do the chocolate chip pancakes! Yummmm!! after all of this my mom and I worked it off by going shopping at the Magnificent Mile.
Great for people watching, coffee, and fantastic eggs. The service is so quick you forget that you even ordered. I would highly recommend this place and even it is a wait, it is always well worth it.
This place obviously put me in a food coma, as i just realised when compiling my favourtie-places-so-far list that I had complerely forgotten to review it and share the joy. Both times I went was at the weekend with just two of us, so the wait was a fairly standard 15-20 minutes, but the queue is always out of the door so for bigger groups - arrive in good time. The omelettes are enormous but fluffy, perfectly cooked and with a good ampount of filling. I had the spinach one, mainly so I could try the mushroom sherry sauce - it was a good call. The sauce was excellent. The pancakes are also light and fluffy. The corned beef hash wasn't very special but came with pancakes so no complaints there. My boyfriend had the blueberry ones and I'd never experienced so much blueberry in my life. In a good way. I'll be back, undoubtedly, to try the famous apple pancake. While we ere eating, the guy next to us ordered and I had an extra cu[ of coffee so I could wait and see it when it arrived.... his eyes bulged out of his head at the quantity so I'm glad I scoped it out - definitely a 2 person pancake by the looks of it. The wait is worth it here.
Friendly atmosphere. Almost like communal dining, the tables are very close together. I ordered the eggs Benedict and they were fabulous. The waitress and staff were friendly and inviting. The strawberry lemonade wasn't too sweet which I enjoyed. The best part is the price, super cheap !
The food is top notch. Blueberry waffle, eggs and omelette were all very good. Prices are fair. Great location. My only gripe is that they confiscated my Dunkin donuts coffee on the way in. What's breakfast without DD?
I've been coming here for as long as I've lived in Chicago. Say, since '84? Yes, it's crowded, and yes sometimes there's a line, but this place is just so classic. Original wooden paneling abounds on the walls, old ladies wearing diner outfits walk around taking your order and doling out pancakey goodness. (Or eggy goodness if that's your jam.) Come for the Dutch Baby and stay for the Eggs Michael. Plenty of bottomless coffee to help you wake up and ward off the eventual sugar crash you're going to experience for eating these delectable breakfast goodies.
Had the buttermilk pancakes (I'm a traditionalist) and they were perfect. The coffee was pretty good too! Only drawback: sometimes being seated at a table with people you don't know. But hey, you know what to expect.
We were staying on the mag mile for the weekend and looking for a breakfast place other then the hotel. We found the Original Pancake House and gave it a try. The menu was pretty standard, eggs, skillets, omelets, and pancakes. The taste food was anything but standard. The omelets are baked and fantastic. The pancakes, which come with everything, are the best I've had. I had the southwestern skillet and highly recommend it. We got there around 8:30 and were seated. By 9:30 there was a line out the door. Overall, a great breakfast place!!!
OHOP, what we call it back home, is located in the shadow of the John Hancock Tower. This old school restaurant seems out of its element considering who it's neighborhood establishments are, but OHOP has a purpose for this neighborhood. There is good public transportation to this area, however, if you're driving, you'll park at your own risk. Although this is a chain, OHOP has the soul of a classic throwback diner. This place has all the charm of 70's kitsch. It's "Alice" meets "the Brady bunch" with the sprinkling of Steve Kings "Dream Catcher" cabins inter dÃ©cor. The furniture is dark, the windows are right out of elementary school and the lighting is hazardous to your health. If you're there in summer the A/C might not be working at 100%. You can sit on the patio at the right time of the year. Things to know: most importantly, be prepared to wait in a line. They only take cash, you will only be seated when your entire party is present, it's loud, and there will be a mix of hyperactive kids and over 65's. Selections include the obvious pancake in many varieties, waffles, crepes, and omelettes. One of the most popular specialties is an apple pancake that is more like an apple turnover or coffee cake. I love that their pancakes have a nice spring to them and just the right amount of fluff. They come out at the perfect temperature and so the butter melts upon contact and they soak up the syrup perfectly! The also serve real and thick meat! Nothing says lovin' like a thick piece of bacon!!! On my most recent trip, I opted to forgo the pancakes, a boys gotta watch his figure and chose an omelette. I'd never had anything here other than eggs over easy and I was surprised at the size and depth of my omelette. It was ginormous! My picture doesn't do it justice. It was filled with glorious amounts of cheddar cheese, mushrooms, ham, and spinach. Cheese was oozing out. (Homer Simpson drool) Throw in some toast, sausage patties and juice and you've got a man-lette sized meal of glorious proportions. This omelette was so big I couldn't finish it. That is another problem with OHOP, everything is so tasty and I never finish my meal. I usually warn people when there is something on the menu to avoid; here the only thing to avoid is over ordering! The staff is old school, it appears none of the waitresses are under forty and their spunk & sarcasm adds to the atmosphere, don't be offended if they slip you the check mid-meal and ask you if you want anything else, before asking you how long you're going to be, as there most likely is a line. The price is right considering OHOPs location and that it shoulders up to some trendy more expensive restaurants.
What they do they do well. Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast. The trick with Original Pancake House is to go when they crowds aren't lined up outside. It's open until 3pm Mon-Fri, til 5pm Sat and Sun. If you don't mind the wait, go with the crowd. But they open at 7am every day, and keep serving breakfast until they close. So go for lunch, or a very late brunch. Original Pancake House has all the breakfast items you'll want - skillets, omelettes, a dozen different presentations of pancakes. The 4-egg omelettes are huge, and made in a unique light, fully style that changes the texture but not the taste. The atmosphere is ordinary - light woods, close tables, clean and busy. Service and the constant coffee refills are good - again, if you're not there at the busy time.
Have had breakfast here a good number of times as it's close to my work. Always consistently good and no complaints. This morning I tried the wheat germ pancakes and they were AH-MAZ-ING. Seriously, I'm not usually a pancake kind of girl but these might just convert me into one. I initially ordered a stack of these bad boys and a side egg. The server was very nice and told me that I should order the short stack with egg on the side. She didn't have to do that and I really appreciated that! It was just what the doctor ordered. For about $6, that was a steal in this area! Will definitely go back. If you visit during the summer, the outdoor area is beautiful and serene and really good people watching!
I love this place, and would come here basically every weekend when I lived nearby. Everything on the menu is great. The skillets were my go to order, but only because they come with pancakes too. As far as pancakes go, you've got to get the pumpkin pancakes. So, so, so good. My only issue with the Pancake house is that so many people know about it that the wait is usually tremendously long, and once you get inside it's pretty packed. You're generally seated right next to other parties so privacy is a valuable commodity. But you know what, it's worth it for those pumpkin pancakes. Their coffee is legit, and all the waiters I've ever had here were really nice. I definitely need to find a breakfast place like this in New York City...
My favorite restaurant in Chicago! They typically have a wait on the weekends, but the longest wait I have had is like 45 minutes. And the Gold Coast area is fun, so it's great to be there :) I love their pancakes, but this last time I tried the apple waffle which was amazing. I ate every little bite in 15 minutes flat -- scraping the plate good. The bacon side was yummy, and the coffee was fresh. My only complaints are that they do not give you any natural sides with the meal or garnish of any kind, and they take a while to refill your water glass (which is tiny!) I love it here though. Come to Boston!!
Just eat here. If you're staying in the area it is an excellent breakfast for a fair price, rare in this part of Chicago. This is a great breakfast place and a fun place to eat. Diner food nestled in the middle of all the trendy upscale places of the gold coast neighborhood. Gold Coast is just a few blocks if ritzy shops and restaurants. Pancakes are small, half dollar size. Portions of everything else are large. I had the corn beef hash and eggs. Excellent. Omelets looked excellent, huge fluffy oven baked. I almost got the spinach feta cheese omelet. Next time. I'll eat here again.
Overpriced and has weak but tasty coffee. The only bright side is that it's across from the Sutton Place (where I was staying) and I was able to get a WiFi connection across the street from my hotel. Then again, I was sitting outside on the patio.
The line snakes out the door for a reason! While it lacks the pretentiousness of Tavern on the Park around the corner, it makes up for the lack of trimmings in the awesomeness of its food. Whether I go with pancakes, a giant apple pancake, or one of their many tasty omelets, I'm never disappointed. The last time I was there, the waitress even sent back my omelet since she didn't think it looked up to the usual standards. Now that's customer service! Don't forget to order the fresh squeezed OJ!
Good "classic" breakfast items, none of those dessert french toast towers that you'll find at other places. Just omelets, pancakes, waffles, eggs, thick cut bacon (the best I've been able to find), and really good coffee ( a must for a good breakfast). I'm partial to the 49er flapjacks- 3 plate sized thin chewy pancakes. I always eat all of them and leave stuffed. Any egg dish is good, they are always cooked as specified. Everything is cooked with butter and you can taste the difference from cheap margarine that a lot of places use. In terms of this location, not the nicest interior but comfortable. Can get pretty crowded.
My visit in Aug 2011... dutch baby - Eh. I didn't enjoy it at all. I was craving for breakfast food (waffles/ pancakes) but I went with the reviews and ordered the dutch baby, something different since I'm in Chi-town. It was too heavy for me. I threw it away. I'm going to try the pancakes one day and see if it lives up to the hype.
I've been here twice in the past week. And have been overly full both times. I guess that's the only reason why this is getting 4 stars? I love that this is hidden behind the Triangle. It's really nice to know that there's a not-as-fancy place amongst all the others. That and it shows that it does good business. Think about it, I'm pretty positive this would be gone if it wasn't doing well. By noon, this place was packed on Friday and Tuesday mornings. But the food. Oh, the food. You HAVE to try the apple-cinnamon pancakes. It's not the main picture on the menu for nothing. It stays warm the entire you eat it and the aroma is absolutely fantastic. Delicious. This place doesn't disappoint!
If you are looking for an amazing breakfast, Original Pancake House is the place to be. It is places like this that make my miss my hometown so dearly. They prepare several breakfast dishes, but my absolute favorite is the Dutch Baby! If you decide to get it topped with the cinnamon apples, you must come hungry. The service there is prompt, friendly, and professional. The Highlights: -Dutch Baby Pancake!! (Absolute Must) -Fast & Friendly Service -Fun Environment -Easy to locate Final Thoughts: I have been to this place many times before, and this is the first time I am writing a review. If what you are looking for is a great place to take a loved one, family, and/or friends to breakfast -- this place will accommodate your party. My girlfriend and I, just loved this place. I wish I could remember our waitress's name, because she was incredible. I remember thinking I couldn't finish my coffee, because every time it was almost empty she would be there like clockwork to refill my cup. I highly recommend and I will definitely be coming to Original Pancake House next time I'm in Chicago. STAY GOLDEN!
Although the line was out the door for waiting , it moves fast. Stephanie served us with a smile . The food was excellent. Potato pancakes are the best ever. Extremely friendly vibe. Will always go back when visiting Chicago. Wish the Atlanta OPH was as good! We will surely come back when in Chicago. It was a very friendly environment! Service with a smile and good food you could never beat!!!
The service is so fast and accurate, and the waiters are attentive but don't hover. No place else makes pancakes quite like these. They're light, but so full of flavor that every bite is like a meal in itself. I particularly love their chocolate chip pancakes, which cover a huge plate and are like dessert for breakfast.
Definitely some pros and cons to this place. The biggest drawback is obviously the long lines and close tables. To avoid this being an issue I would suggest coming during the week if you can or after 1pm on the weekends. The lines will be shorter and you'll have a better chance of getting your own table. Especially if it's just two of you dining together there's a high probability that you'll be sharing a table with other people. They are just too close together for comfort. But that said, the food is amazing. The Irish Omelet was awesome. Stuffed with tons of Swiss and baked for a great texture. I wish there would have been more corned beef in it, felt a little skimpy, but still flavorful. The pancakes are also great of course and I also ordered a size of bacon which was perfection. All in all a great breakfast/brunch spot (especially if you want to go at non-breakfast/brunch times).
You must try the Dutch Baby! So worth the 20 minute wait. Very light and flavorful. Service was very nice too--regular refills of coffee. Only a five minute wait on Memorial Day.
On my second morning in Chicago I turned to Yelp for a great breakfast spot close to my hotel. The Pancake House was exactly what we were looking for. We ended eating here three mornings in a row we liked it so much. It's on a beautiful street with a great little patio. There was never a long wait even when we only wanted to sit outside. The service was quick and the breakfast options were plentiful. I did see someone having the infamous Dutch Baby and I have to say it smelled delicous. Everthing we had was great but my favorite were the Banana Pancakes that are served with a side of banana syrup. My boyfriend used most of it on his french toast because he liked it so much. If you are staying at the north end of Michigan Ave. this is a great place for a quiet breakfast.
Visited Chicago and checked out the Original Pancake House and it did not disappoint. I'm one of the few people who actually doesn't like breakfast and even I had a hard time choosing because there were so many options. I settled on the chocolate chip pancakes and they were amazing. My husband and I agree probably the best pancakes we've ever had.
These pancakes live up to the establishment's namesake. Be prepared to wait 20-30 minutes on weekends. The menu is pretty straightforward. I like the fact fact that you can get a side of pancakes with your breakfast instead of toast free of charge. I prefer savory breakfast items over sweet ones. Pancake House spares you this trade-off. You can have your bacon, eggs, or sausage with pancakes. And these pancakes are soft and fluffy with a nice buttermilk flavor. I can't say that I would be willing to wait an hour for breakfast here, but it's def a good breakfast spot especially if you're planning on spending your day shopping near Michigan Ave.
The menu looks great, but I had to leave after the rude hostess yelled at me for bringing in an empty Starbucks cup. They should really have somebody up front that is a people person, all I needed was a garbage can.