Original Hotcake House

(503) 236-7402

1002 Se Powell Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions   97202

45.501247 -122.655654

 
Restaurants, Diners, Celeb Hangout  more

More Tags: Lunch Spot, Breakfast, Local Favorite, Late Night Dining

Price: $

Cuisine: Traditional American, Steakhouse

General Info: Open 24 Hours

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Action Corps, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program

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Original Hotcake House
Original Hotcake House
Original Hotcake House
Original Hotcake House
Menu
Steak New York, Top Sirloin, Burger Steak, Cube Steak, Chicken Fried, Fish & Chips, Chicken Strips, Chili, Salad, Cheeseburger... more

Reviews for Original Hotcake House

Original Hotcake House
Recommends

A 24/7, old-school destination for the discerning diner with greasy-spoon cravings. Big portions meet low prices: think plate-sized pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon, and made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy.

Original Hotcake House
Recommends

Hands down, the best greasy-spoon joint in town. It’s a veritable PDX institution w/ way more personality than its chain-restaurant siblings. A popular late-night destination.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

It's good... – What can I say.... It's a hole in the wall place that has very good food all the time...

The hotcakes are big and taste great and the hashbrowns are to die for, In fact eat them too much you may from all the grease but what the heck they are good.

People watching is half of what this place is about all types. So if you want some good old diner type food and don't mind the the music and the wait that can happen for your food if they are real busy then this is still one of the best around.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

It's good enough to bring your Grandparents – I've been going to the hotcake house for about 8 years now. It's that good. When I moved out of the state for college, I requested when I came back that the first stop after PDX was this place. The hotcakes are a must. If you don't get hot cakes, it's like committing suicide. No matter how your day is going, that greasy mother always gets me going. My personal favorite, since it is the Original Steak and Hotcake House, is the Ribeye Steak and Eggs. Absolutely dominant. I took my grandparents here after my brother graduated from high school. And we live in West Linn. That's called committment. And love. And the ability to bridge the gap between generations with nothing more than a short order cook, some hotcakes, and that jukebox. Remember, once you go Hotcake, you never go back anywhere else.

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5.0
over a year ago

Best Hotcakes, and all other food atleast above average. – I've been a regular for many years. Sometimes the hotcakes are cooked too close to the onions, but they're good even then. I was once served hotcakes that were burned on the bottom side, I informed my server and they were replaced without complaint. The place does get very crowded, and I'll only go if I can go off hours. Their coffee is bad, but I guess that's to avoid people taking up the limited seating just to drink the coffee.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Our Saturday Evening Hangout – Food is greesy and good. Coffee is bad---I often bring a cup of Peet's. Omeletts and burgers are very good. Ask them to toast the bun on the griddle. You won't get a burger like this at Mickey Dees! And you can watch them being made. Service is as fast as they can do it---depends upon how many folks have ordered ahead of you. Bacon and hashbrowns are fine. We've been meeting there every Saturday night since 1989---so it must be good, huh? We are a bunch of adult amateur radio users and go early in the evening before the young folks fill the place around midnight. Oh, I didn't mention the hotcakes. They are gooey and wonderful. Real butter, homemade syrup. And they are big.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Huzzah! Hotcakes – I stand by my original review, when I was ToddVania #1, until CitySearch loved me and left me like a booze-goggled lot lizard.

This place, however, has only gotten worse. Like I said before, it was the best in the '80's. I remember a Korean chef frantically pouring batter and using the cash register at the same time...best food, breakfast-wise, in Portland.

Nowadays, who gives a **ck if "Ice Cube," or whatever, ate there? He was probably looking for a fight, anyway, and probably would have found it here. It's only gotten more crowded and hostile, like the rest of Portland. The food is still great, but the best time to come is in the afternoon when it's empty. And don't put that rap garbage on the juke when I'm there, dude.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

They'll hire you straight out of prison! – This was my favorite late-night place to hang-out pre-21, but since then I don't make it there as often. I still LOVE the food and service. REALLY good pancakes!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

highly recommended – Yummy menu - always good for the drunk crowd. Been there many a night with a few too many in the belly.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Late night dining at it's best – I've been here 6 or 7 times and all but once at 2am or later. Although the beakfast eats are good, I prefere the slight buzz of inebriation to dull me senses to how dingy this place is...

The staff is complacent at best (which just add to the greatness) and the food greasy and fantastic. Pancakes are great and I'm very partial to the hockey puck shaped sausage they dish up.

Always a great mix of people eating there and usually half of them in the bag. Good times.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

24 hour eats – I love this place! It has great hashbrowns and ham steaks. I came here after prom night, as trashy as that may sound... But when you got a craving this is your place!

Recommends
over a year ago

Perennially packed diner serves a full menu of breakfast favorites and burgers all hours of the day. – In Short
Vinyl booths, a jukebox and a service counter create the ambience of a classic greasy-spoon diner. Big portions and lots of carbs are just the ticket for those looking to fill up or soak up the late-night alcohol. The plate-sized hotcakes are deservedly famous, dripping with syrup. Other breakfast items include omelettes, waffles and biscuits and gravy. A bevy of lunch and dinner plates is also available, like steaks, burgers, salads and sandwiches.

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