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Original Pancake House

22 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago, IL - (312) 642-7917
Posted By Robin Krauss on 2/27/2008 4:32:00 PM
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 a round, crunchy shell on the outside with light, fresh, good-tasting cheese and vegetables on the inside, if you order it that way. Prepare to take at least half of it home with you. I dream about the apple pancake. It's a huge, light, eggy, popover-type pancake with an apple/cinnamon topping that is outstanding. This pancake is more of a dessert than a breakfast.

The orange juice is fresh. I've never been disappointed. The only change I'd make is to get them to buy larger glasses. The 8-ounce variety just gets annoying.

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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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