The Original Pancake House
33703 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 642-3963
Primary Phone: (248) 642-3963
Fax: (248) 642-3963
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Good For Family: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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10/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
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.
11/21/2002Provided by Citysearch -
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!
11/15/2002Provided by Citysearch -
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
10/21/2002Provided by Citysearch -
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