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General Info
The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Ore., in 1953 with a goal to offer authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes. Today, the family-owned restaurant chain operates more than 100 franchises. Its signature items include apple pancakes, the Dutch Baby, fresh vegetable omeletes, corned beef hash, strawberry waffles, Kijafa cherry crepes and Tahitian maiden s dream crepes. The Original Pancake House also offers side dishes, meat, waffles, cereals, fruit, juices, beverages and a variety of egg specialties. The restaurant chain prepares crepes by rolling them with sour cream tempered with orange liqueur and by using a special tropical syrup topping made from a blend of citrus fruits. It offers buttermilk, potato, bacon, Swedish and Hawaiian pancakes. The Original Pancake House maintains a location in Birmingham, Mich.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (248) 642-3963

Primary Phone: (248) 642-3963

Fax: (248) 642-3963

Payment method
master card, visa, cash, amex, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Birmingham
Categories
American Restaurants, Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: None

Good For Family: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Adrian d. P.

07/04/2018

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Their breakfast is awesome! I got their once and will definitely will comeback. I was so full for only one meal.

DK1123

03/15/2010

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Overall
Really good food

If you want a good breakfast, this is the place to go.

tastebuds1

10/30/2008

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Overall
Just OK!

I started dining here about 8 years ago and thought they were great. I recently went and they have changed so much. The pancakes have gotten so small you cannot hardly see them on your plate. The turkey sausage is disgusting. The cornbeef hash, which used to be made with real bits of corned beef or so it looked, now looks like it is made with corned beef from a can! The wait is always long in the morning. Before this sad experience, I did not mind waiting for breakfast, but now, I can stay at home and cook it myself. This place has become mediocre.

TheSpoon

04/05/2008

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Overall
Don't let the location, or lines, fool you. So average, if that.

Considering this place always has a line, I expected a real breakfast experience. Highest quality food, exceptional service. It had been years since I have been here (the wait is ridiculous for breakfast) but went with the entire family after a morning get together. Let me start by saying that the pancakes are delicious. Can't reall go wrong there but honestly, they taste like any other pancake. You can get great cakes at the corner diner...and alot cheaper. The coffee is good but nothing to write home about.
My omelet was basically a baked shell with soup in it. Completely runny and for $8.99, I would've expected something edible. I sent it back and asked for a side of bacon instead. I've worked in enough restaurants to know that if you send back your food, don't order anything that require cooking. Just because it's in ""posh"" Birmingham doesn't mean they don't mess with your eats.
Back to the $4.00 bacon, it was thick sliced but so fatty. The toast was good, though. A family member ordered Corned Beef Hash and it came in a small crock with eggs. Funny whenever anyone tries to tell me that the food is ""fresh"". Some people obviously can't tell fresh. This was fresh from a can. No flavor, dry. He ate the eggs but didn't want to send it back because unlike me, he doesn't complain. The whole dish remained full, sans the eggs and the waitress didn't even ask if there was an issue. Let me break it down for you. If the Birmingham address is the reason this place has a line out the door on the weekends, and I have a sneaking suspicion it is, then there are alot of people out there who have no idea what good breakfast is all about. You are better off hitting Alex's on 12 mile in Berkley, Cozy Cabin on 12 mile in Warren or if you think you need to be ""trendy"" while eatting pancakes, go to Toast on Woodward in Ferndale. These 3 joint know fresh breakfast, give you actual value for your buck and the service if FAR superior. Unique breakfast? Suckers.

RMillerRH

02/03/2008

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Overall
Best place for breakfast!

Forget other restaurants that specialize in dinner but dabble in breakfast. The Pankcake is the place to go for breakfast (no matter the time of day). The food is great, always served warm, and the juices are fresh.

marpop

11/18/2007

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Overall
Must-try for breakfast

If you can't make it on a weekday morning, you'll have to tolerate a 30- to 45-minute wait ... but it's well worth it. This is one of those tried-and-true breakfast spots that locals love -- the bacon is crisped to perfection, the pancakes fluffy and the oj pulpy and freshly squeezed. I've eaten here a handful of times (mostly because I dont like waiting so long) and haven't been disappointed. The decor is cute and sort of nostalgic but I still think the prices are a bit high.

bgb43

05/03/2007

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Overall
Good food

My favorite is the Spinach and Cheese Omelette with the mushroom sauce. Any pancakes served there is tasty. Pro: good food. Con: Be ready to wait in line because it is a local favorite.

cdotn

12/19/2006

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Overall
yes!

this place is wonderful! try the garden dutch baby with sausage added and a side of salsa. it's heaven!

tasha99

10/13/2006

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Overall
I LOVE THIS PLACE BUT....

I love this place, don't get me wrong. The food is so good

haasb712

04/14/2006

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Overall
Best pancakes & omelets in town

This is NOT your typical diner breakfast; it IS a place where breakfast fare is taken seriously and done with pizazz. Bacon is maple-cured and thick. The apple and German pancake are masterpieces: fluffy and chewy, baked to perfection and spiced right. The omelets are baked and fluffy, stuffed with real quality ingredients. There are no shortcuts, down to the hearty arabica coffee and real cream. The wait can be infuriating and crowds heavy, but if you can get in, by all means - do so.

ethrash628

11/26/2002

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Overall
Food is worth the wait

The food is so good. That it is worth any inconvience.

ckandw

11/24/2002

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Overall
Horrible service

Every time i've gone in there it is horrible. Nothing like the one in chicago. even the food in chicago is better

Alan_Burger

11/24/2002

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Overall
someplace different

If you are eating in Birmingham, then value isn't the most important issue. But a enjoyable experience is. It is loud, service is slow, but you can get great Crepes and other specialties that are well prepared. I wouldn't go there daily, but just once in a while.

ktred123

11/21/2002

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Overall
Blissful Indulgence

Fantastic Breakfest! Even the pickest eaters, such as myself, are fully sated. There is a line on the weekends but it moves pretty fast. It can seem a bit crowded if you dont' get a booth but the warm feeling of the interior still reflects a relaxed atmosphere so you don't feel stressed nor taxed at the sitting arrangements. My sister and I enjoy our weekly brunch there, as a half way point for both of us. 20 minutes but it's worth the trip. : ) Enjoy!

enyalover

11/15/2002

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Overall
good to eat when you want breakfast

will i have nt eaten thair in a while but the last time i was their the cervice was good when i orded the food was fast i realy like the butter mikl pancakes i really like the breakfast for a buck deal when you buy a drink i would recomend to my best friend

mallyru

11/14/2002

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Overall
Crepes to die for.

Best crepes I have ever had. The raspberry crepes are the best, and the Big Apple is great if you have a large appetite. Never had coffee this good.

Smoothly

11/05/2002

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Overall
Fine-tasting fritters

The applefritters at the Original Pancake house are the best appetizers or desserts for breakfast.

nracklyeft

11/04/2002

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Overall
Amazing taste

I could not believe my mouth. It was amazing. A man with a Porsche pulled up.... he had good taste.

Mules

10/24/2002

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Overall
Awesome

I really liked the Apple Pancakes!!! Plan on napping afterword!

headquarters

10/21/2002

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Overall
LOUD, NOISY, UNCOMFORTABLE SEATING

VERY LOUD AND NOISY, NOT A GOOD PLACE TO
HAVE A CONVERSATION. BAD COFFEE AND LONG WAIT, FOOD NOTHING SPECIAL. ONLY THING IMPRESSIVE WAS SOME OF THE BUILDING, SEATING IS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND CRAMPED ATMOSPHERE, EXPECTED MUCH BETTER ATMOSPHERE, NOT VERY COZY

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