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1700 W Parmer Ln
Austin TX 78727

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About Original Pancake House

Breakfast chain with roots in Oregon. Famous for...pancakes!

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A Little Disappointing

Reviewer: Chris

Original Review Date: 09/22/2005

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

We used to frequent the Original Pancake House in Dallas (the Northwest Highway location) and always enjoyed it--quality breakfast in a homey atmosphere. The coffee was always tasty, the OJ was fresh squeezed. I walked into this one hoping for the same thing, but was disappointed by the absolute lack of any ambiance. The place is very sterile feeling. For a breakfast spot, you really need a homey feel. This place lacks it completely. It didn't help that it was almost empty. I guess this location is pretty new, so maybe the word is not out yet, but it won't be around long if it's usually as barren as I saw it (granted, I went at 1pm on a Thursday). But even with patrons, something serious is lacking in the design of the interior. It just doesn't feel warm or welcoming.

As for the food, it is not bad. I got the Sausage and Eggs, substituting hash browns for the pankcakes. The eggs were cooked perfectly, the sausage was tasty. My only complaint is that the hash browns are the "home fries" variety. I prefer the shredded potato, cooked until some bits are crispy-browned. The OPH hash browns are chunks of potato cooked with onion (I like the flavor, though). One other complaint would be the price--$6.95 for eggs + potatos + sausage. The portions are large, but that seems a bit steep for a basic breakfast, especially compared to what you can get at Cafe Java for $2 less.

Oh wait, I thought of yet another complaint--the breakfast came with no bread. Some basic toast would be nice. I assume you have to pay for that a la carte. The less expensive breakfast at Cafe Java, with the perfect hash browns and coffee included, also includes toast!

All in all, the food is good, but the value is not so good, and the atmosphere sucks. Go to Cafe Java--they have everything OPH is lacking. I'm still giving OPH +1 stars, because I have a soft spot for them based in my experiences in Dallas. I will probably be back, maybe on a weekend morning, to see if it feels more inviting.

Grits Warning: They charge $2.65 for a side of grits (an essential part of any American breakfast). This is a crime, considering that the raw ingredients probably total 3¢.

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Good Pancakes

Reviewer: Jeffey Barber

Review Date: 03/11/2012 08:57PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

This is good breakfast joint. It's not cheap, but not pricey either. The pancakes, sausage and eggs are all worth a try. The service has known to be like other Austin restaurants- leisurely. But if your not in a rush, it's a good choice.

Freakin Yummy Apple Pancake & Dutch Baby!

Reviewer: Rich

Review Date: 06/22/2009 12:15AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Wow. First of all this place isn't about bacon and eggs. If that's what you want go somewhere else! The other reviewers seem to have neglected to ask what the specialty of the house is and they don't even talk about it in their reviews. It's the Apple Pancake and the Dutch Baby! These two dishes are the only reason to go here and they are to die for. If you love waffles, pancakes and sweet crepes you are gonna love this place and these two dishes. Check out their website for pictures of these huge delicious creations. Again, if you want eggs and bacon stay away. If you want $3.99 breakfast go away.
If you want South Austin ambience, it's not here.

Pricey but so worth it

Reviewer: Deb

Review Date: 03/07/2008 04:13AM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

OK, once again the staff reviewer goes to a place and doesn't bother trying what the place is famous for. The name of the joint is Original PANCAKE House. Why on Earth would you substitue hashbrowns for the pancakes?! Duh. Chris, if you wanted awesome hashbrowns, perhaps you should try the Original HASHBROWN House. Some folks think this place is pricey but I think the prices are justified. Not once in the dozen or so times I've eaten there have I been able to clean my plate. When you order a side order of bacon, you receive 4 gigantic slices of thick-sliced bacon cooked to your directions. Until this place, I never thought I could eat too much bacon in one sitting. The Eggs Benedict is a favorite of mine - always cooked to perfection and the sauce perfect. The Eggs Michael is a nice variation of Eggs Benedict and worth trying. Their omlettes dwarf any other omlette in town. Try the Irish Omlette for some of the best-tasting corned beef hash in the state. The only issue I've ever had with this place is the syrup. It's standard generic fake maple syrup served in dispensers that they nuke to warm. The result is that your pour the syrup and a teaspoonfull of condensation water from the microwave hits your short stack - yuck. Since this is my only complaint, I now bring my own real maple syrup with me. Then it becomes the PERFECT breakfast.

Best Coffee

Reviewer: machelle

Review Date: 09/14/2007 04:34PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Loved it! I've been there twice and will go again. The bacon is wonderful as well as everything else I've ordered. I am very picky about my coffee and hard to please. The coffee here is always fresh and good. The service is very friendly. I recommend this place to everyone.


Reviewer: Pam

Review Date: 06/27/2007 09:15AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

The prices are completely reasonable for the amount of food, its quality, the service, and the location of the restaurant. I've never left the place hungry, regardless of what I ordered, and I've always gotten my food quickly and EXACTLY as I ordered it. The quality is also consistent, which I've never seen at the other chain breakfast restaurants.

This is not fast-food breakfast, so it's silly to compare the prices! According to the menus I have at home, prices at the other locations mentioned in the reviews are about the same as at OPH, for considerably less food (and less flavor)!

It is my weakness

Reviewer: Anglo Afro

Review Date: 11/29/2006 06:21PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Ok, the prices are a little high, but I've never left hungry. I usually get the bacon pancakes (the side of bacon is huge, but 4$ so it's not a good option.) Their home fries are great but only if you add some pepper jack cheese and add some complimentary salsa (hot not mild.) That meal runs me about 8 bucks.

I also recommend their scrambler dishes which are basically omlettes. They say they're made with three eggs, but it's more like 9 eggs. And if you want to cheapen it up, use the early bird specials or get the two by four daily special. Also their 49er pancakes are massive, they extend past their oversized plates.

I'm not sure about the limited syrup comment above as they have syrups that I've never heard of before (you have to pay extra, but they're not too expensive.)

I love this place, and as for the ambiance, they've recently put up a massive amount of holiday decorations so maybe it's the start of a nicer, more permanent, atmosphere.


Reviewer: anonymous

Review Date: 10/05/2006 05:07PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Food is fine but value is terrible -- this place is way overpriced.

Jeeper's Creepers!

Reviewer: Thekmac

Review Date: 09/24/2006 06:39PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Food was good, I would perfer hash browns instead of small cut fried pototoes, heavy seasoned. I had the standard eggs, sauage, pototoes, toast, no juice or coffee, and my bill was $14
dollars before tip, You get all taht and more at most places such as Jims, Denny's, IHOP, Waffel House for including drink for around $8 at the taste is about the same. Only open until about 2pm. I will not go back at those prices. By the way the small glass of orange juice is $3.

Reviewer: charles alexander

Review Date: 07/12/2006 10:15PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

Me and my wife walked in on a Saturday around 11 am. We were quickly seated and a waitress was there almost immediately. We both enjoyed the food. The only complaints that we have are the lack of choices for syrups and the price. The price is what will limit our trips there in the future, but the food really was AWESOME. Furthermore, everyone was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was also not bad.

Way overpriced

Reviewer: Mitch

Review Date: 02/04/2006 07:50PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

I'll never return. Extremely overpriced and the atmosphere was very bland. A simple kids breakfast with a sausage patty and chocolate chip pancakes was $6.50. Total for a family of four, not including tip, was $36. ...I cant even remember the last time we paid that to eat dinner.

very good but far away

Reviewer: amanda

Review Date: 01/13/2006 01:14AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

My boyfriend and I have been here twice and really enjoyed it. While I balked at the prices of, say, a side of bacon at first, once it arrived, I understood the value. Seriously, the best bacon in Austin, comparable only to the bacon at Hoover's. Very thick and absolutely wonderful. This place has been packed both times I've been (Sat/Sun mornings), but the service was very good. Good pancakes, very good eggs and hash browns/home fries. I agree that there isn't much for ambience, but the food more than makes up for it. So many choices, and all of them good. I also requested a substitution or two and they didn't have a problem with it at all. The worst part is the location - very far away from central, and a bit hard to spot. But don't hesitate to try it. They also have very good early bird specials.

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