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Original Pancake House

8601 S.W. 24th Ave., Portland, OR - (503) 246-9007
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A close-up of the blueberries atop the waffle show their diminutive size, just right for a single one to fit into one of the diminutive squares of this crisp, small-tread waffle. The frothy stuff other than blueberry juice is melting butter. I buttered the waffle and loaded on the berries and took this picture FAST so I could get to eating one of the finest waffles there is!
"A close-up of the blueberries atop the waffle show their diminutive size, just right for a single one to fit into one of the diminutive squares of this crisp, small-tread waffle. The frothy stuff other than blueberry juice is melting butter. I buttered the waffle and loaded on the berries and took this picture FAST so I could get to eating one of the finest waffles there is!"
Michael Stern





Here is how the blueberry waffle arrives at the table, whipped butter ready to spread (oh, so easily), and fruit compote ready to decant.
"Here is how the blueberry waffle arrives at the table, whipped butter ready to spread (oh, so easily), and fruit compote ready to decant."
Michael Stern


While it is (rightfully) known as a pancake house, this is an all-too-rare opportunity to have an excellent, old-fashioned, small-tread waffle of the pre-Belgian style. Here it has just been schmeared with butter and drizzled with syrup, and is framed by OPH's excellent bacon.
"While it is (rightfully) known as a pancake house, this is an all-too-rare opportunity to have an excellent, old-fashioned, small-tread waffle of the pre-Belgian style. Here it has just been schmeared with butter and drizzled with syrup, and is framed by OPH's excellent bacon."
Michael Stern


The butter, being soft, spreads instantly. The berries need a little help out of their pitcher. They are packed in tightly, but firm enough so that virtually none break or get mushy. Their firm texture is as much a fine complement to the crunchy waffle as is their vivid fruit taste.
"The butter, being soft, spreads instantly. The berries need a little help out of their pitcher. They are packed in tightly, but firm enough so that virtually none break or get mushy. Their firm texture is as much a fine complement to the crunchy waffle as is their vivid fruit taste."
Michael Stern


Already sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar, this just-served Dutch Baby wants more (provided on the side) as well as several spritzes of fresh lemon juice. The combination makes aristocratic syrup that perfectly complements the eggy baked pancake.
"Already sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar, this just-served Dutch Baby wants more (provided on the side) as well as several spritzes of fresh lemon juice. The combination makes aristocratic syrup that perfectly complements the eggy baked pancake."
Michael Stern


Devotees of corned beef hash need to know about this gentle-tempered version, sided by a sheaf of thin potato pancakes and topped with two sunnyside-up eggs. Sour cream and apple sauce come on the side.
"Devotees of corned beef hash need to know about this gentle-tempered version, sided by a sheaf of thin potato pancakes and topped with two sunnyside-up eggs. Sour cream and apple sauce come on the side."
Michael Stern


We have never had a more delicious glass of orange juice than this one: freshly squeezed, pulpy, and brilliant-flavored.
"We have never had a more delicious glass of orange juice than this one: freshly squeezed, pulpy, and brilliant-flavored."
Michael Stern


The first of many fine Original Pancakes Houses opened in 1953 and set high standards maintained by its progeny today. This used to be a favorite place of Oregon native James Beard.
"The first of many fine Original Pancakes Houses opened in 1953 and set high standards maintained by its progeny today. This used to be a favorite place of Oregon native James Beard."
Michael Stern


Driving south on I-5 out of Portland, The Original Pancake House is easy to find. It is right at the end of exit ramp 296A.
"Driving south on I-5 out of Portland, The Original Pancake House is easy to find. It is right at the end of exit ramp 296A."
Michael Stern



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