Austin >Food & Dining > Original Pancake House
1700 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX | Directions 7872730.413372 -97.689499
What a refreshing place to have breakfast if you are north of Austin.
It does NOT look like a run down IHOP at all, though it IS in a strip mall. We did have a waitress that had been working there a long time, information which she volunteered and she said she LOVES working at OPH and it showed on her face and in her attitude. Anyhoo.....
Cheerful, peppy service, happy waitstaff, coffee refilled quickly, normal sized glass water glasses (I hate those gigantic red plastic too-tall glasses). I ordered the apple pancake, my sister the dutch baby. Both amazing and way too big. We could have shared one, maybe even three people could have shared. That's how big it was. Order the apple pancake, it's really not a pancake, and the leftovers (there will be leftovers) you take home, warm it up and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. Blue Bell, of course. Silverware was not that cheap aluminum stuff, where you get the occasional flat fork. This stuff had a heft to it. j
I saw the bacon and it looked amazing. Other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked huge and delicious, but of course I can't say if they tasted the way they looked.
I was so happy I over-tipped.
Love this place! – It's worth driving up here to eat the yummiest pancakes around....the orange juice is fresh (not Tropicana) and the prices are on the down low. Amazing food for not much dough! Love it!
SCRUMPTIOUS Pancakes – The Austin location was clean and the staff friendly. The food was hot and tasty. This was my first visit but certainly not my last!
Amazing Pancakes – Restaurant was clean and we were quickly seated. There are a lot different pancakes to choose from.
I had the chocolate chip pancakes and could have continued eating them until I passed out. They were like heaven.
Has the Original Flavor – We were craving pancakes today and the wife mentioned "Original Pancake House, (us being from Portland) and not knowing there was one here in Austin. I knew better and so we went. Service was good, coffee, pancakes and dutch baby tasted pretty much exactly like the "Original" Original Pancake House in Portland. The only complaints I have were the syrup containers are cheap and leak syrup all over and are sticky even after cleaning. The interior is sadly bland, uninspired, cold and uninviting. The waitresses don't wear the cool old-fashioned pink uniforms, just sloppy street clothes. No one seems to take pride in their appearance anymore. But, the food is very good and prices are reasonable.
Go for the good food and great pancakes, but don't expect the "total" experience.
Wonderful breakfast – I was born and raised in Portland, OR where the original pancake house was first started. I was a little skeptical to try the one in Austin because i didn't want to be disapointed (the on in portland is the best breakfast i have ever had, ever!). There were a few little differences (the quality of butter is not very good here and they don't use actual cream for ther coffee) but overall the food is just as good as in Portland and it is cheaper here!! So if you re looking for a good breakfast i would definitley recomend it. and if you ever go to portland you have to go to the original one....be prepared to wait and also have cash.
So Many Pancakes...How Do I Choose? – There's nothing fancy about the decor but the menu has some special dishes. My favorite are the banana pancakes. The service was fast, the food was good and the price was right.
The best breakfast in town period – Anytime I am coming to Austin I plan my trip to allow enough time to stop in for the best breakfast in town. I can not think of any time we have been disappointed with the food or service
Excellent Pancakes --Great Specials During The Week – When I was growing up, I hated the pancakes my mother made from Bisquick, however I love the pancakes here--especially the buttermilk pancakes --so light. I come during the week for the specials. It's cheaper and the restaurant isn't as busy as it is on the weekends. I've never had the coffee here. I drink Anderson's coffee at home. Breakfast at The Original Pancake House never costs more than $6.00 for me, because I take advantage of the specials during the week.
Finest breakfast in the NW sector! – To those breakfast tightwads complaining about the OPH's high prices, I might only respond with the classic, "ya gets what ya pays for." The chicken crepe is classic comfort food, if a bit bland, and you'll probably take home two-thirds of it; why not? The pancakes, including the signature Dutch Baby, are justly famous. As per their advertising, the ingredients are top-notch; if breakfast is your thing, if you don't leave this place happy, it's your own fault. The decor isn't much to look at (but it's clean), and you have the added bonus of some of the best waitstaff in Austin, who know what their customers want, when to bring what they need and when to leave them alone. Improvements? The management should look into procuring a few more pieces of artwork for the walls, and work on the coffee. But leave the food alone.
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