The Original Pancake House
| Logo created by Michael F. Meskill
Original Pancake House logo
|Founders||Les Highet and Erma Hueneke|
|Headquarters||Portland, Oregon, USA|
The Original Pancake House is a chain of pancake houses across the United States with recent advancements into both Japan and South Korea. It follows traditional recipes and ingredients for their pancakes, but they have other breakfast items on their menu as well. They also have a spin-off, Walker Brothers Pancake House, which has a similar menu but with a formal ambiance.
The first Original Pancake House opened in 1953 in Portland, Oregon by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, who collected recipes for their restaurant from around the world. They soon franchised the name and recipes into locations spanning over more than half of the U.S. states. They are known for their breakfast foods; their signature dishes are the Apple Pancake, Dutch Baby and omelets. They have over 100 franchised locations throughout the United States, and are popular from Seattle to Fort Lee, from Wilmette, to Williamsville, from Honolulu to its headquarters in Portland.
Chef and food critic James Beard, who grew up in Portland, named The Original Pancake House as one of the top ten "best" in America. In 1999, the Original Pancake House in Portland received a James Beard Foundation Award as an American Classic. OPH was also named one of USA Today's Top 10 Pancake Restaurants in the Nation according to the company website, and the Hyde Park, Chicago location was well known as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's favorite breakfast eatery. On one occasion he conducted an interview in the restaurant with famous anchorman Walter Jacobson.
Some of the more popular items at OPH are their 49er flapjack, which is a sourdough crepe, and their Eggs Benedict. They also sell a German pancake and smaller Dutch Baby, as well as a Dutch Apple pancake. The Dutch Apple pancake, a baked pie shaped dish is also available to purchase frozen to take home. It is also available online via Lou Malnati's Tastes of Chicago.
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Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, founders of the Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon, collected recipes around the world.
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