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Original Pancake House

22 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago, IL - (312) 642-7917
Posted By LillyAnne Silbert on 10/3/2006 10:44:00 PM
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 excellent and we usually had some while waiting in line reading the morning paper.

The pancakes are excellent and the apple pancakes are a specialty. They have just the right amount of caramelized crunch on the apples and the proportion of batter to apples is just right. All of the varieties are very good. My favorite was the flapjacks. They were nice and thin without being tough. The German pancakes were very delicate and light.

One of the selling points of the OPH's is that all of the ingredients are top-notch and fresh. The butter has fat levels similar to European butter and the cream is evil. The eggs are always incredibly fresh and the scrambled eggs are extremely fluffy.

The restaurant may not look very fancy but the staff does a good job keeping the place clean, especially when there are continuous lines out the door and down the block as there usually are on Saturdays and Sundays. The lines usually taper off after 1 PM. Please note that this is a cash-only restaurant.

My only complaint is the lack of real maple syrup. In my opinion, it is a travesty to put generic syrup on a masterpiece. But you will be glad to know, the Original Pancake House is BYOMP. Many regulars bring their own maple syrup, as I did.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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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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