|Original Pancake House - Portland|
Show some respect
the next time you come here for Swedish or banana or simply perfect
pancakes. In 1999, the Original Pancake House was designated by the
James Beard Foundation as a regional landmark restaurant, a thick-battered
legend. The question is whether, when the New York foundation folks
came to present the award, they had to wait in line - the way people
have been waiting patiently here since it opened in 1955.
$ ; no credit cards; checks OK; breakfast, lunch Wed-Sun; no alcohol; no reservations.
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Oregon Store - Original Pancake House
From : The Oregonian-Dining Guide- Friday, April 21, 2000
It's where Portland eats breakfast, as the nearly constant lines attest. Begun in 1953, the Original Pancake House has more than 80 locations around the country. But this is clearly the original, and it feels like Old Portland. Which helps explain why it won a 1999 James Beard America's Regional Classics Award. As if you'll need any further explanations after breakfast here.
Cuisine: Classic flapjacks and waffles.
Atmosphere: Pine-paneled colonial room with display plates on the walls. The room is clamorous with intent diner tucking into big platters of flapjacks as pink-aproned, efficient waitresses keep your coffee cup brimming.
Menu: Fifteen types of pancakes, including buckwheat ($6), sourdough ($6.25), potato ($7.50), wheat germ ($6), silver dollar ($6), Georgia pecan ($6.75). Crepes, too : Danish cherry Kijafa ($6.75), mandarin ($6.75), and fresh fruit ($7). Omelets ($7-$9) are definitely for hungry breakfasters. They're huge, and come with three buttermilk pancakes.
Must-have dishes: Big, airy Dutch baby dusted with powdered sugar and lemon ($7.50). The considerably more dense and cinnamony German apple pancake ($8). The mushroom omelet, smothered in rich sherry sauce. Ham and cheese omelet is a winner, as are strawberry waffles, and cherry Kijafa crepes.
Reason to go: You want breakfast, you want good service, and good food made with the best ingredients, you want excellent coffee, and you want something with syrup poured over it.
Drawbacks: Lines most of the time, but there's usually a spot at the community table.
Hours: Breakfast only: 7 a.m-3 p.m Wed-Sun.
Extras: No alcohol;
cash and check only; disables access; parking; no smoking.
8601 S.W 24th Street
Portland, Oregon 97219