Original Pancake House

Written by on March 23, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(originalpancakehouse.com) – Falls Church, Virginia

How I heard of this place: My in-laws were visiting and wanted to get together for an early morning breakfast with some good friends, who recommended this spot. I thought I recognized the name and the logo from Seattle, and, sure enough, the Original Pancake House is a nationwide chain, with one shopping strip location in Falls Church.

Original Pancake House

Type of cuisine: The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding. We now have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Our recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Our batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen.

Original Pancake House Menu

Our signature items include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection. To create a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze. Another signature item is the Dutch Baby, an air filled delight oven baked to golden perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar to create a mouthwatering blend.

Our unique omelets, including the mushroom omelet topped with homemade rich mushroom sherry sauce, are rolled in a skillet and then oven baked to give you a splendidly light, moist delicacy. Our gourmet crepes include the cherry kijafa crepe, a blend of tart cherries and sweet Danish cherry wine. Our continental crepe is rolled with sour cream tempered with orange liqueur and served with our famous tropical syrup, made from a delectable blend of citrus fruits. We often feature the finest fresh fruits of the season. Our signature coffee is specially blended, roasted and ground for The Original Pancake House to complement your meal.

It is our constant objective to serve you the finest pancakes available, and to give you pleasant and courteous service. Our menu items are delicious at anytime. Click on the location map to find out more about the Original Pancake House nearest you. Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you at the Original Pancake Houses.”

Ambiance: A strip-mall location, the windows facing the parking lot open up onto an open space with warm colorings and a light amber glow. Booth seating, as well as spots for small and larger parties at tables with chairs separate the waiting area from the back room.

Original Pancake House Waiting area

Tall ceilings, pastel painted with black-framed, matted modern artwork make up the walls, while the clink and clank of utensils create the ambient sounds.

Original Pancake House Seating

What I ordered: Hot Chocolate ($2.50) to start, with coffees ($2.39 per cup) around the table, we studied the menu diligently before placing our orders.

Original Pancake House Hot Chocolate

At our table, three of us participated in the Falls Church Restaurant Week Menu, ordering The Works ($9.25) for three buttermilk pancakes, two eggs (any style), two strips of bacon and hash brown potatoes with a complimentary mug of coffee.

Original Pancake House The Works

Feeling nostalgic, I selected the Dutch Baby ($9.95), one of their signature items, served with fresh lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar.

Original Pancake House Dutch Baby

The locals chose the Eggs Michael ($10.95): a toasted English muffin topped with sausage patties, two poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, sprinkled with Spanish paprika and served with shredded hash browns, and the Eggs Benedict ($10.95): a toasted English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, two poached eggs, and house-made Hollandaise sauce, sprinkled with Spanish paprika and served with shredded hash browns.

Original Pancake House Eggs Michael

What I loved: The Dutch Baby. Yum.

Why I loved it: Clean space, warm tones, new interior and large portions of delicious food, that’s why I loved Original Pancake House!

Cost: Low to average ($7.25 – $11.95 per breakfast option)

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