The Original Pancake House

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The Original Pancake House
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1953 (1953)
Founder Les Highet and Erma Hueneke
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA
Area served
Services Franchising

The Original Pancake House (TOPH) is a chain of pancake houses across the United States with recent advancements into both Japan and South Korea.[1] They follow traditional recipes[2] and ingredients for their pancakes, but have other breakfast items on the menu, as well. They also have a spin-off, Walker Brothers Pancake House, which has a similar menu, but with a formal ambiance.


"The Original Pancake House" restaurant in Southfield, Michigan

The first Original Pancake House opened in 1953 in Portland, Oregon, by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke,[3] who collected recipes for their restaurant from around the world.[2] They soon franchised the name and recipes[4] into locations spanning over more than half of the U.S. states.[5] 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,[5] and are popular from Seattle[6] to Fort Lee,[4] from Wilmette,[7][8] to Williamsville,[9] from Honolulu[10] to its headquarters in Portland.[11][12]

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.[13] 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 anchorman Walter Jacobson.[14][15]

The chain became international in May 2013, when it opened its first overseas location in Seoul, South Korea.[16] A month later, it expanded to Japan in Kichijōji, Tokyo, Japan.[17]

Menu items[edit]

Some of the more popular items at OPH are their 49er flapjack, which is a sourdough crêpe, 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.


The Original Pancake House is located in 28 states, with stores in most of the major metropolitan cities including Atlanta,[18] Dallas,[19] Miami,[20] Chicago,[21] Denver, and Charlotte. [22] A complete list of locations can be found on the website.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "アメリカ人の誰もが知っている美味しさ". THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "What are Pancakes?". Original Pancake House. Retrieved 2011-05-09. Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, founders of the Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon, collected recipes around the world. 
  3. ^ "About Us: Cincinnati's Finest Breakfast". Cincinnati, Ohio: The Original Pancake House Montgomery. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  4. ^ a b Perlow, Jason (September 25, 2005). "A Chain Restaurant Unbound". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Locations". Original Pancake House. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ Leson, Nancy (May 5, 2011). "Readers share their pancake hotspots". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  7. ^ Berg, Eric N. (February 21, 1990). "At the Nation's Table". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  8. ^ "Original Pancake House". Vegetarian Times. Active Interest Media (47). July–August 1981. ISSN 0164-8497. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Roman S. Jewula, founded Original Pancake House". The Buffalo News. April 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  10. ^ "Original Pancake House – Breakfast Indulgence". Hawaii Diner. September 2004. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Best Restaurants: Southwest & Beaverton". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  12. ^ "The Original Pancake House". Willamette Week. 2001. Cheap Eats. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  13. ^ "JBF America’s Classics". James Beard Foundation Award. 1999. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
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  15. ^ "A voter's guide to the governor's race". Chicago Tribune. 2002-03-15. 
  16. ^ "The Original Pancake House in Seoul". Herald Corporation. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  17. ^ ""The Original Pancake House" Opens in Kichijoji, Tokyo". Herald Corporation. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
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