The Original Pancake House
By Elyse Cunningham
The Original Pancake House is a chain restaurant that was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Emma Hueneke. While there are multiple locations across the US - today we'll be focusing on the location that is in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. This restaurant is a place that I have been going to since I was an infant and holds a special place in my heart.
When you enter the restaurant you'll be hit with delicious smells of food - specifically the Dutch Baby and the Big Apple - and the sounds of dining room chatter. The interior as you can see from the picture above looks like a place that has not been touched by time. Now, I know some will say that this isn't a good thing; for me, this place is almost perfect the way it is. The reason I say almost perfect is that the restaurant is still plagued by the old bank acoustics, but don't let that stop you from coming to have a wonderful meal.
What can I recommend getting here? Well, my top three favorites are the Big German, the Big Apple, and the Eggs Michael.
The Big Apple - this is one dish that is hot, gooey, sugary, and kissed with cinnamon. This dish is a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar then baked to create a beautiful (and deliciously rich) cinnamon sugar glaze that this dish is known for. When it arrives at your table it'll be big, puffy, steaming hot, and just waiting to be eaten. The picture here does not do this wonderfully delicious dish justice.
The Big German - This is a larger version of the Dutch Baby. The Big German is usually served with powdered sugar and lemon on the side. This wonderful dish can be shared with the family or you have enjoyed this all on your own. There are other versions of this dish, like the Garden Dutch Baby which is filled with vegetables.
Eggs Michael - This is a spin on Eggs Benedict, but much richer. Eggs Michael is two English Muffins with two sausage patties, two beautifully poached eggs, topped with a mushroom sherry sauce, and served with four potato pancakes. This dish is one of my personal favorites and right up there with The Big Apple and the 49'er Flapjacks. Everyone is in perfect harmony and balance when it comes to flavor and texture. If you are a lover of mushrooms, Eggs Benedict, and looking for something different to have in the morning or at lunch - I highly recommend this dish.
I know there are multiple different locations in the U.S. and each one is unique in their way due to being individually owned and tailored to that specific state their in. But if you are ever in Michigan - whether it is business or travel, and you are in the Grosse Pointe Woods area, I highly recommend stopping by early in the morning when they open. Or to have an early lunch. This place is always busy and it may be a pain when it comes to the wait, but I can assure you, it is worth the wait. I'll have a link posted for more information on the restaurant and history of the Original Pancake House. I hope you have a wonderful day.