The Original Pancake House
790 East 2100 South #400
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
I’m not saying that places like IHOP, Dee’s, or Village Inn don’t have good breakfast, but with all due respect, the Original Pancake is easily one of my top 3 favorite breakfast spots in the Salt Lake Valley. This place is the King! These other places do breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the Original Pancake House ONLY does breakfast. And it is AWESOME! If you want to eat here you have to plan on breakfast hours. OPH is only open until 2 PM on weekdays and until 3 PM on weekends. It is ALWAYS busy. When you get there, let someone from your party out at the door so they can put their names on the list while you find parking. I’ve never been here and not had to wait to get inside. And when you get inside, standing room only will normally greet you in the reception area. Whatever wait they give you. It is WORTH it. Don’t be discouraged by wait times of 20 minutes or 30 minutes. You will risk of making the big mistake of going to the nearby Dee’s, or worse, that one restaurant that begins with “Mc”.
As the photo shows above, the Pancake specializes in both pancakes and omelette. In fact, they go through over 8,000 eggs, 1500 pounds of oranges, and 400 pounds of butter every week. Now with the different pancake varieties, this doesn’t mean different they put in a different mix in in each one. Each one is created differently and is a unique creation in itself. Fore example, if you order the blueberry pancakes, the pancakes have blueberry juice mixed in to them, but also the syrup comes with little blueberries throughout. The Swedish pancakes are always a treat and served with lingonberry from Sweden. All of the pancakes come with “homemade” syrup created specifically for that pancake. You can really taste the different in quality in the syrups and the way they taste with the pancakes. One of the specialty pancakes of the OPH is the Apple Pancake. May sound unassuming from the title, but it is a work of art; it’s has oven-baked granny smith apples and pure Sinkiang cinnamon on top.
Now for my personal favorite, the omelette. I’ve had very few omelettes I have not been able to handle easily. I think back to my missionary days at Dee’s and the Lumberjack breakfast. I was able to finish the entire thing 2 out of 7 attempts. The OPH omelettes are absolute monoliths of egg and cheese greatness. They give you an entire plate devoted to your omelette. Most other places leave enough room to fit some bacon, hash browns, or piece of bread, not this place. The omelettes are delicious. I would normally make a recommendation here, but I’m unable to because every single one is the pinnacle of awesomeness. This morning I had a countryside omelette when we visited around 9:30 AM, and I was so full, I was still feeling it at dinnertime around 5:30 at night.
There are many great things about this place. If you like eggs, you are going to be in heaven here. If you are a fan of cheese, you are going to be heaven. If you are a fan of pancakes you are going to be in heaven. And if you leave not completely full, then something in your life has gone horribly wrong because you are not doing it right. Did I mention that the pancakes pictures above come WITH the omelette meal? One of the things I use to rate a food establishment, is how many great plates do they have? There are a few places that may have a “go to dish” that you get every single time you go there, but perhaps other things on the menu are not quite as good. This place is so good, I have never ordered the same thing twice while visiting. As long as this place is open, it is never a bad time for awesome breakfast food!