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The Original Pancake House

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
Gold Coast, Chicago
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  • Joe F.
    Joe FrancicaMarch 31
    Everything is good!
  • Bero S.
    Bero SMarch 25
    Dutch pancakes ❤❤
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaDecember 3, 2016
    Don't worry you can combine the Chocolate Chip pancakes with the Banana one!
  • Dana D.
    Dana DanielleSeptember 23, 2016
    Pancakes served with everything! If you want eggs get a skillet! Make sure to come here on an empty stomach because portions are massive! Outside patio is nice but lots of bees!
  • K
    KSeptember 14, 2016
    Lots of breakfast choices, large portions. But not impressive at all.
  • The Toth Team, Ann Arbor Area Real Estate Expert - Keller Williams Realty
    Cherry Kujala crepes Dutch Dee lish
  • Peyton K.
    Peyton KellerJuly 22, 2016
    The chocolate pancakes are the best!!!
  • LeSirque S.
    LeSirque SiSJuly 15, 2016
    Long lines, but quick move. Great breakfast, a real original and friendly service.
  • Lily F.
    Lily FernandoJuly 9, 2016
    Dutch baby, Apple cinnamon😍
  • D
    DJune 26, 2016
    The wait is relatively long on the weekend, but it is totally worth it! Pancakes are good. Try the chicken sausage skillet.
  • Noura S.
    Noura S.June 16, 2016
    Tasty pancakes.. Expect some wait
  • Jonah
    JonahJune 10, 2016
    The portions are yuge. Great breakfast. Real maple syrup!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilsonJanuary 25, 2016
    Awesome, Swedish Pancakes w Lingonberry syrup.. I loved this place, went here when it was -10 outside a great Sunday morning.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweNovember 8, 2015
    Garden variety. Good in a pinch
  • Don B.
    Don BOctober 17, 2015
    Even though it's chain, Feels like great hole-in-the-wall breakfast place. Very popular, but the line moves fast, so you don't have to wait very long for a seat.
  • Gabe B.
    Gabe BatstoneOctober 8, 2015
    Dutch Baby.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydOctober 4, 2015
    Worst service I've ever had.
  • Carmen L.
    Carmen LefevreAugust 5, 2015
    The apple pancake is amazing. But beware it's huge, so might be worth sharing.
  • Abdulrahman M.
    Abdulrahman MazharJuly 30, 2015
    All pancakes
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SerranoJuly 30, 2015
    I loved this place! It has that atmosphere that makes you feel like if you were at home
  • Ayse Ruya A.
    Ayse Ruya AltayJuly 23, 2015
    Dutch baby is perfect! Just make sure that you "share" it with someone ☺️
  • BJ S.
    BJ SantosApril 4, 2015
    The morning ambiance is perfect! Pancakes or bust! ❤️
  • Miguel O.
    Miguel OroDecember 29, 2014
    Georgia Pecan Pancakes
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite Chicago tradition. Best breakfast in the city
  • Steph
    StephOctober 2, 2014
    Good breakfast but you'll definitely have to wait if you go for brunch. Also the salsa is homemade and really good
  • T H.
    T HSeptember 20, 2014
    Service is only good if you are going as part of a group; I was ignored as a single.
  • Abdullatif
    AbdullatifSeptember 10, 2014
    Apple pie pancake
  • Tene W.
    Tene WarrenAugust 14, 2014
    Everything÷!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertAugust 12, 2014
    Indoor and outdoor seating available. Enjoy a giant omelette and side of buttermilk pancakes!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 6, 2014
    If you get eggs they'll come with pancakes, though the side order is pretty small.
  • Enrique A.
    Enrique AntonioApril 19, 2014
    Found a long black hair in my pancake and they still charge me for coffee and orange juice when I could even finish my meal?!
  • Gaurav Z.
    Gaurav ZibbuApril 15, 2014
    Pancakes and apple syrup to die for
  • Alex R.
    Alex RandowApril 4, 2014
    Generous portions to say the least. Pancakes are their specialty but they have a full range breakfast menu. Small and cozy with communal seating, noisy, average service.
  • Zulfiya
    ZulfiyaFebruary 23, 2014
    Food is good but a little bit pricy
  • Lidia
    LidiaJanuary 3, 2014
    U need to try chocolate pancakes!
  • McKenzie S.
    McKenzie SwartsNovember 27, 2013
    Viewing area to make your taste buds water as you wait in line!! Looks good!
  • Paola R.
    Paola RNovember 15, 2013
    49er flapjacks are such a treat!! Really nice food, much better than IHOP!
  • hooeyspewer ..
    hooeyspewer .November 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can order a half order of any of their pancakes. Instead of 6, they give you 3. Definitely more manageable on some mornings :)
  • Phil R.
    Phil RuheNovember 7, 2013
    Love the Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LawsonSeptember 30, 2013
    Yes!! The apple pancakes are legendary for a reason and don't feel bad if you can't finish them.
  • Craig M.
    Craig McCawSeptember 14, 2013
    It's pumpkin pancake time!!!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AmbornSeptember 9, 2013
    AMAZING breakfast! I ate all my pancakes. Food coma but a good coma. I would def come back here!!!
  • Amer
    AmerSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 49'er pancake. I liked it!
  • Julia G.
    Julia GSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't let the line discourage you - it moves quickly, as all locals know. Actually? You probably don't have enough time - keep moving.
  • Dr. T.
    Dr. ThaisJune 11, 2013
    Go everyday and try something new!
  • I am i.
    I am iX3February 14, 2013
    Best pancakes ever! Aside from the ones I make at home...and their chicken sausage is incredible
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    apple pancake--covered w/ granny smith apples & cinnamon glave--fluffy, chewy, sweet, tangy
  • Eric B.
    Eric BoboDecember 2, 2012
    The buttermilk pancakes were the bomb!!! Full stack all the way!!
  • John R D.
    John R Dallas JrNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go..." for apple pancakes & other scrumptious comfort food. I hope this place never modernizes its front-of-house. Worth wait in-line.
  • Nea M.
    Nea Minx-masterSeptember 16, 2012
    Get the apple syrup with your pancakes. Muah!
  • JKR J.
    JKR JKRSeptember 3, 2012
    Great food and fucked up service
  • Kim K.
    Kim KortJuly 20, 2012
    Order a Dutch Baby! Though not usually a pancake person, these are very special. My fav is the "Treat" version with strawberries & bananas. Enjoy with a side of bacon & their fresh pressed OJ. Heaven.
  • Christopher D.
    You are 100% wasting your time and money if you get anything other than 49ers, Dutch Babies or Apple Pancakes. They are the best pancakes on the planet, other than my family recipe of course...
  • Suzanne B.
    Suzanne BeckmanApril 16, 2012
    The Dutch Treat is a favorite! It's a Dutch pancake filled with strawberries and bananas. Definitely worth a try!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrionesApril 7, 2012
    Don't be too intimidated by the line, it moves quickly
  • Scot
    ScotApril 3, 2012
    Opens at 7am
  • Kat S.
    Kat SweetnamDecember 20, 2011
    Amazing breakfast!!
  • Henry
    HenryDecember 9, 2011
    Dutch Baby... I don't see the 'baby' anywhere. It's huge. And good.
  • Henry
    HenryDecember 9, 2011
    Fresh strawberry french toast with whipped cream
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RichmondNovember 26, 2011
    Dutch boy. Eat it, you wont regret it.
  • Dhani J.
    Dhani JonesNovember 25, 2011
    Its community eating and great corn-beef hash.
  • Kerry W.
    Kerry WOctober 24, 2011
    Must try their 'Dutch Baby' - baked pancakes, the texture was very fluffy! Their western omelette was great too! Love this place
  • Andy K.
    Andy KleinOctober 1, 2011
    Breakfast Vahala!!
  • Kwang-il P.
    Kwang-il ParkOctober 1, 2011
    Dutch garden is strongly recommended.
  • Chaz B.
    Chaz BAugust 16, 2011
    Good food, great to eat outside when the weather is nice, wait can be annoyingly long if you have a larger group though and they may try to put all of you at a table that doesn't fill the whole party.
  • Llima B.
    Llima BoveJuly 6, 2011
    The food is downright fantastic. Unfortunately the service was pretty damn bad!
  • Jamie
    JamieJune 15, 2011
    Banana Pancakes! Mmm... I've had Jack Johnson's song stuck in my head since eating banana pancakes this morning. The tropical syrup is really good, too!
  • Bo M.
    Bo MitchellApril 17, 2011
    The bacon and orange juice are unreal good! Pancakes are great too.
  • Meg W.
    Meg WayMarch 8, 2011
    They don't serve soda, not fun for us caffeine needing non coffee drinkers
  • Chris W.
    Chris WojcieszynFebruary 10, 2011
    Get a half order pancakes for one buck less. It's more of a regular human proprtion. Had room toget some eggs on the side too that way.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SignoracciJanuary 17, 2011
    Too early for flapjacks?
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorJanuary 17, 2011
    apple pancake.
  • Joshua R.
    Joshua RapoportDecember 7, 2010
    The best bacon you'll ever have. Go to pancakes: potato, apple, 49'ers, dutch baby. Best waitress: Brooke! Also, get the Chicken Andoille hash as a side. No visit here is complete without coffee.
  • Steven T.
    Steven TrappOctober 29, 2010
    The WORST sausage I have ever had
  • Dan B.
    Dan BonertOctober 24, 2010
    Brooke is the best waitress. She took care of us. Hope u get the pleasure of having her wait on u.
  • Terry B.
    Terry BeanSeptember 19, 2010
    Great to learn that the Original Pancake House is in different places nationwide. They have the BEST breakfasts and don't be afraid of the 49ers...you know you like goooey pancakes ;-)
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EggertAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They have the best pancakes I've ever tasted...who cares about the other stuff...everything is good but you MUST order something with pancakes. You won't be dissappointed.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BarredoJuly 19, 2010
    Be sure to split the omelet with a friend. They are made from 4 eggs... But they are ridiculously fluffy and tastey.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GibbardMay 1, 2010
    Bacon bacon bacon for god's sake get bacon pancakes and don't you dare miss the side of bacon. BEST bacon I've ever had!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CantwellApril 20, 2010
    Fantastic corned beef hash scramble. Don't forget the side of pancakes.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BerndtMarch 20, 2010
    Enjoyed the Hawaiian Pancakes; Strawberry Waffle; Corned Beef Hash and, while we were warned that the Apple Pancakes could take up to 25 minutes to cook, they are WELL worth the wait! The Apple Panca Read more
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlFebruary 22, 2010
    We love the strawberry pancakes - you will too!
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PowellFebruary 14, 2010
    The pancakes are the best anywhere.
  • Jim G.
    Jim GrecoNovember 7, 2009
    Dutch baby all the way
  • Andrey B.
    Andrey BagdasaryanFebruary 24, 2015
    Все очень вкусно. Порции огромные. Заведение заточано под ранние и поздние завтраки-обеды. Работает до 15:00 по будням и до 17:00 по выходным.
  • Sasha T.
    Sasha TkachenkoNovember 3, 2014
    Во истину, лучшее место для завтраков! Не зря по утрам здесь выстраивается очередь. Порции огромные - это следует учитывать, когда делаешь заказ на голодный желудок.
  • Federico A.
    Federico AmayaAugust 17, 2014
    me devore este omelett de claras con carne y verdura, no se como se llama pero.....que barbaro!!!!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SaavedraNovember 24, 2013
    Santa Fe omelette ❤️ and banana pancakes ✌️
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