Pancakes Galore!

Ever since my husband and I first started dating, going out to breakfast on a weekend morning has always been a nice treat. When we lived in LA and the Bay Area, we quickly found a couple of local shops to call our favorites. However, after moving to Orange County in 2002, we’ve been without “our breakfast place.”

Sure, there’s IHOP or even Denny’s, but we were used to mom and pop places, or at the very least, anything besides ginormous chains. Johnny Reb’s on Chapman is close enough and offers good breakfast fare, but I always feel like I need a shower or a change of clothes after eating there because you come out smelling like you took a dip in the frialator.

Then, a couple of weeks ago,  The Original Pancake House opened in Orange. Closer to us than Johnny Reb’s, plenty of menu choices, and there isn’t a thick scent of frying oil wafting about inside. They offer traditional egg dishes and a variety of different pancakes (bacon pancakes, anyone?), but they also have crepes and a few specialties like the oven-baked Apple Pancake and Dutch Baby. They have crispy thick-sliced bacon, and they serve a bottomless cup of Diedrich coffee with real heavy cream. While it’s still far from a mom and pop place, there is more of a neighborhood feel to it than the nearest IHOP, possible due to it being the only pancake place east of the 55. The prices aren’t all that cheap (we’ve spent as much as $40 for two there), but we like the food and the staff is friendly.

The downside? The wait can be long. Like, an hour or more long. This is probably because they’re new and, again, because they are probably the only pancake house east of the 55; sometimes it seems like everyone who lives in East Orange with a hankering for pancakes is there at the same time. Still, if you’re in Orange and love pancakes, definitely stop by sometime. I highly recommend the Dutch Baby!

6 Comments so far

  1. Gina (oc_gina) on June 29th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    The original one is located in Anaheim, I believe, and there is also a location in Yorba Linda. But, unfortunately, the multiple locations won’t make the wait any less!

    I agree, they have some good pancakes!

    But, for some reason we keep gravitating towards Mimi’s for breakfast when we go, which is not all that often.

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on June 29th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Welcome Maria!

    We have been know to frequent the Anaheim location and of course the original location in Portland OR when we lived there. You think the wait is bad in OC? The PDX location is a nightmare!

    Have you tried Arthur’s on Chapman/Tustin? They serve a killer breakfast and they are mom n pop all the way.

  3. Maria (ocmaria) on June 29th, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

    We’ve tried Arthur’s a couple of times, and sadly, both times we weren’t that impressed with the service. Kind of a bummer because I’ve heard good things about them!

  4. Dave Share (daveshare) on June 29th, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

    Too bad about Arthur’s, most of our experiences have been great!

    I know the few times I’ve been to The Pancake House in Anaheim, the wait was a little long. Excited to go back again though! Thanks for the update that they finally opened!

    Oh yeah….welcome!

  5. oc_michaelr on June 29th, 2008 @ 10:53 pm


    Ah, but there is nothing like homemade banana pancakes. Mmmmmmmm….

  6. Jon (oc_jon) on July 3rd, 2008 @ 7:20 am

    I am at this new Original Pancake House in Orange right now. This is a really weird strip mall version of TOPH. The one in Anaheim is almost a mirror of the original pdx location.

    It’s so weirdly clean and platic in here. Food’s good tho!

    We have houseguests so tomorrow well be going to Arthur’s. Yummy.

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