Walker Bros.

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Walker Bros. is a series of pancake houses in the Chicago area.

49er flapjacks are one of the signature menu items at Walker Bros.

They developed as a franchised spin-off of The Original Pancake House, founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke; the Walker Bros. version has been in business for over 45 years. Like the original, they are famous[citation needed] for their apple pancakes, French toast, and omelettes.[1]

The restaurant was recognized by USA Today as one of the "Top Ten Pancake Restaurants in the Nation."[2] Chef and food critic James Beard, named The Original Pancake House as one of the top ten "best" in America. In 1999, the Original Pancake House in Portland was designated by the James Beard Foundation as a regional landmark restaurant.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

Walker Brothers was mentioned in the 2004 film Mean Girls. In 2010, Dick Portillo, the founder of Portillo's Restaurants in Chicago opened a fast casual breakfast restaurant modeled after the ambiance and menu of Walker Bros., called Honey Jam Cafe.

The film Ordinary People features a scene there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official website of Walker Brothers, Original Pancake House
  2. ^ "Places to Flip Over Pancakes", USA Today, March 16, 2004.
  3. ^ Original Pancake House – Portland

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