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Original Pancake House

22 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago, IL - (312) 642-7917
The puffy Dutch Babies, French crepes, and Pigs-in-Blankets are standards of pancake excellence; eggs are fresh, butter pure, bacon thick, juice freshly-squeezed, even the prunes extra-plump. Star of the show is the baked German pancake, a plate-size mesa of eggy batter laced with apple slices and topped with dark, sweet cinnamon glaze.
90% Approval Rating (11 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Apple pancake
bacon
Dutch baby

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
" As a matter of Roadfood principle, we shun franchises, searching instead for unique restaurants. In the case of the Original Pancake House, we are delighted to make an exception. Last time we looked, there were Original Pancake Houses in 24 states – at least a dozen ..."   [Read More]
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Robin Krauss
February 27, 2008
"Original Pancake House is my favorite place for breakfast even though it's part of a chain. This is no I-Hop. The food is quality all the way. The bacon is smoked and thick-cut. The spinach omelet with Swiss and bacon is wonderful. It's as big as your head, like ..."   [Read More]
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LillyAnne Silbert
October 03, 2006
"I used to live four blocks from the Original Pancake House for eight years and I can concur that the weekend did not start Saturday morning (when it was warm) without waiting in line for pancakes from the Original Pancake House. The hot chocolate and coffee were ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

22 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago, IL
(312) 642-7917

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Here's a whole apple pancake on a plate, just before getting attacked by yours truly. This morning masterpiece is about as big as a half-dozen normal-size apple pastries. It arrives hot from the oven totally puffed up from baking, then gradually settles as you plow through it.
"Here's a whole apple pancake on a plate, just before getting attacked by yours truly. This morning masterpiece is about as big as a half-dozen normal-size apple pastries. It arrives hot from the oven totally puffed up from baking, then gradually settles as you plow through it."
Michael Stern





The Original Pancake House is a sure thing. Even simple breakfasts of bacon and eggs are especially good. The specialty pancakes are extra-special.
"The Original Pancake House is a sure thing. Even simple breakfasts of bacon and eggs are especially good. The specialty pancakes are extra-special."
Michael Stern


Here's a close view of an apple pancake. The texture of the 'cake is light and eggy; the gooey apple topping is devastating.
"Here's a close view of an apple pancake. The texture of the 'cake is light and eggy; the gooey apple topping is devastating."
Michael Stern


The Dutch Baby pancake is like a huge, plate-size Yorkshire pudding. Although regular syrup is provided, customers are encouraged to make their own from a combination of powdered sugar and lemon juice: delicious!
"The Dutch Baby pancake is like a huge, plate-size Yorkshire pudding. Although regular syrup is provided, customers are encouraged to make their own from a combination of powdered sugar and lemon juice: delicious!"
Michael Stern


The waitress was kind enough to take this photograph of us at the moment our pancakes arrived. It was early morning and we were feeling a little cockeyed at the time.
"The waitress was kind enough to take this photograph of us at the moment our pancakes arrived. It was early morning and we were feeling a little cockeyed at the time."
Michael Stern



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