The Original Pancake House

Breakfast Spot
2625 N Downer Ave (btwn Belleview & Park), Milwaukee, WI 53211, United States
Hours:
Closed until 7:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 7:00 AM–3:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.5/10

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  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • omelettes
  • crêpes
  • French toast
  • bacon
  • waffles
  • spacious
  • good service
  • great value
  • fresh squeezed OJ
  • piña coladas
  • family-friendly
  • big portions
  • hash browns
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  • good for working
  • VISIT Milwaukee

    Start with the Apple Pancake for your table. The omelets are fabulous (you can totally share it). They're as big as your head! Share a side of the roasted potatoes too!

    VISIT Milwaukee · June 10, 2011
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  • Reggie W.

    You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here. Order a side of bacon (it's thick cut) and rest assured that this statement is accurate.

    Reggie Wegner · November 6, 2010
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  • Shannon G.

    Best bacon in town!

    Shannon G. · February 13, 2010
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  • Nicole G.

    Big fluffy pancakes. If you like that kind of thing.

    Nicole Graf · November 24, 2009
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  • Helen B.

    WHY ARE THE BEVERAGES HERE SOOOO SMALL AND SO UNREASONABLY PRICED. I like my pancakes but I also like a normal sized beverage along with them.

    Helen Bonokollie · February 6, 2011
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  • Jacob B.

    Arguably, the best breakfast location in milwaukee. Very fast & fresh. Get the coffee - smooth as silk - and the crispy bacon.

    Jacob Brennan · January 15, 2011
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  • Greg

    This place will turn non-pancake lovers into pancake lovers. Seriously, you must get the pancakes!

    Greg · June 12, 2010
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  • Ashley B.

    The orange juice is to die for!

    Ashley Baeseman · April 14, 2011
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  • Greg C.

    The portions are very generous.

    Greg Carter · August 11, 2010
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  • jamie s.

    fyi: the blueberry compote is not compote. it's syrup.

    jamie schmid · October 6, 2012
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  • Brian M.

    Bacon as thick as your wrist!

    Brian Moore · August 17, 2011
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  • Ronnicia J.

    Very spacious, and modern feel to this spot. I almost enjoy it more than the location in Madison! Banana pancakes are a plus :)

    Ronnicia Johnson-Walker · January 29, 2011
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  • Jessica Lynn S.

    HUGE portions! Omelettes taste homemade but split with a friend.

    Jessica Lynn Shull · April 24, 2010
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  • Nick S.

    The bacon pancakes are great and have a unique texture

    Nick Shaffer · August 2, 2013
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  • Pam W.

    One of my all-time favorite breakfast spots. Lots of food and reasonably priced. I recommend the potato pancakes. Service is awesome.

    Pam Williams · January 6, 2013
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  • courtney

    The golden brown waffle is the best breakfast. So simple but so delicious. Also if you get hash browns get them extra crispy!! So good!

    courtney · March 29, 2012
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  • Brian M.

    Fiesta omelet is amazing, perfect breakfast and even better left over!

    Brian Moran · March 5, 2011
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  • Elaina S.

    If you cant finish a full order go for the junior pancakes, 3 pancakes and a side is perfect size!

    Elaina S · December 4, 2010
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  • Stephanie M.

    Banana pancakes :)

    Stephanie Muller · April 18, 2010
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  • William J.

    The chocolate sauce on the pancakes is a game changer. Always great service.

    William Jones · December 8, 2012
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  • EN W.

    Make sure your Vegetarian Omelette doesn't come with a big cube of ham.

    EN Wisdom · August 16, 2012
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  • Dani K.

    This sounds odd...but the pancakes are TRULY legit and memorable. Breakfast lovers unite here!

    Dani K. · June 22, 2012
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  • Danielle D.

    Watch out for all the hot dilfs here

    Danielle Danner · May 16, 2012
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  • Lisa W.

    Best crepes and eggs in Milwaukee!!!!!!

    Lisa Westveer · May 13, 2012
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  • PupilsBabyBlue ..

    While you wait order hot chocolate or coffee :)

    PupilsBabyBlue .com · October 15, 2011
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  • Daniel S.

    Opens at 7am, closes at 2pm (3pm on weekends).

    Daniel Spiewak · July 12, 2011
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  • Jason D.

    Cozy place on Milwaukee's far North side. Bring your appetite because the portions are huge. Metered parking seems to be the only option around here too, so bring change.

    Jason Dazey · November 22, 2014
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  • Megan S.

    The hostess was rude and acted like doing her job was a burden.

    Megan Smith · November 8, 2014
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  • Rono

    Overrated breakfast. The beverages are super small with a big price. Been here a few times and there are much better places for breakfast that come at a better value.

    Rono · October 9, 2014
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  • Keighley B.

    The coffee was amazing and the pancakes were huge and top-notch

    Keighley Breeze · September 5, 2014
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  • Scott C.

    The pancakes are legit & love the fresh squeezed orange juice! Wait times can be longer on Sat & Sun mornings. Paging system would be nice so you can go out on Downer and not wait in tight space.

    Scott Connell · August 23, 2014
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  • Rae R.

    This place is amazing! ! But one of the hostess walks really hard and its very annoying when she keeps walking back and forth... omg

    Rae Rae · April 13, 2014
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  • Chevelle W.

    Pancakes were awesome

    Chevelle W. · April 3, 2014
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  • Carmen H.

    Great bacon!!! Nice breakfast selection,scrambled eggs were good as well. ☕

    Carmen Holzman · January 13, 2014
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  • Christian G.

    Deliciously awesome

    Christian Guilbert · October 27, 2013
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  • Shareef J.

    Turkey links are a little pricey, but good

    Shareef Jackson · September 21, 2013
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  • R S.

    Two lady's rooms, watch out guys!

    R Speen · August 15, 2013
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  • Marques

    Yummy food

    Marques · August 4, 2013
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  • Mark B.

    Great omelettes!

    Mark Brouch · June 2, 2013
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  • Alex M.

    The best chain restaurant ever.

    Alex Morgan · April 21, 2013
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  • Matt M.

    Seems obvious but next time I will order pancakes and not an omelette. Too dry. Beautiful restaurant. Service is mediocre. Servers and manager sat at front booth - sitting, eating, drinking.

    Matt Martinson · February 20, 2013
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  • Kat P.

    Call ahead 30 minutes ahead of time and put your name in - little to no wait when you get there!

    Kat Pummill · January 13, 2013
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  • Jasmine S.

    Jesse was an awesome server. Get the Spinach Crepes. Delicious!!

    Jasmine S · December 7, 2012
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  • Erica L.

    Gigantic omelets! I could barely eat half.

    Erica Lilyann · September 23, 2012
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  • Gaby T.

    Great bacon and potato pancakes

    Gaby Turer · March 9, 2012
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  • Christine T.

    I recommend the brown sugar & banana french toast or, if you have some time to wait, definitely give the Dutch baby a try. :)

    Christine Tousignant · January 17, 2012
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  • David H.

    Try the Pina Colada Pancakes

    David Hartman · January 13, 2012
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  • Chris L.

    The beverage glasses are HUGE!! I had 46 pancakes and could only drink 1/3 of my orange juice because the cup was so big. 2 gallons at least. Bill Brasky couldn't finish that orange juice!!

    Chris Larson · November 23, 2011
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  • MATT S.

    Apparently pancakes are now exclusively cooked in peanut oil. So forget ordering an omelette because the only option for pancakes you'll have is potato pancakes.

    MATT SCHOTTING · October 2, 2011
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  • Sophie S.

    Very customizable. Ask for substitutions and they will be happy to accommodate. No soy milk, though :(

    Sophie Sensat · November 28, 2010
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