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Original Pancake House

33703 Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 642-5775
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Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI
Original Pancake House - Birmingham, MI


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If you want a good breakfast, this is the place to go. Pros: Best breakfast you can get in Detroit Cons: Service isn't always the best.


If you are eating in Birmingham, then value isn't the most important issue. But a enjoyable experience is. It is loud, service is slow, but you can get great Crepes and other spec...

Hostile Work Environment 4/30/2015

peters5 Provided by Partner
It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I write this review. I have been a life-long, die-hard fan of The Original Pancake House. It was --- a... more

Really good food 3/15/2010

If you want a good breakfast, this is the place to go. Pros: Best breakfast you can get in Detroit Cons: Service isn't always the best. more

Just OK! 10/30/2008

I started dining here about 8 years ago and thought they were great. I recently went and they have changed so much. The pancakes have gotten so small you cannot hardly see them on your plate. The turkey sausage is disgusting. The cornbeef hash, which used to be made with real bits of corned beef or so it looked, now looks like it is made with corned beef from a can! The wait is always long in the morning. Before this sad experience, I did not mind waiting for breakfast, but now, I can stay at home and cook it myself. This place has become mediocre. Pros: Pancaks are good, but small. Cons: Looooooooooooooong wait, especially for a booth, very tight seating. more

Don't let the location, or lines, fool you. So average, if that. 4/5/2008

Considering this place always has a line, I expected a real breakfast experience. Highest quality food, exceptional service. It had been years since I have been here (the wait is ridiculous for breakfast) but went with the entire family after a morning get together. Let me start by saying that the pancakes are delicious. Can't reall go wrong there but honestly, they taste like any other pancake. You can get great cakes at the corner diner...and alot cheaper. The coffee is good but nothing to write home about. \r My omelet was basically a baked shell with soup in it. Completely runny and for $8.99, I would've expected something edible. I sent it back and asked for a side of bacon instead. I've worked in enough restaurants to know that if you send back your food, don't order anything that require cooking. Just because it's in ""posh"" Birmingham doesn't mean they don't mess with your eats. \r Back to the $4.00 bacon, it was thick sliced but so fatty. The toast was good, though. A family member ordered Corned Beef Hash and it came in a small crock with eggs. Funny whenever anyone tries to tell me that the food is ""fresh"". Some people obviously can't tell fresh. This was fresh from a can. No flavor, dry. He ate the eggs but didn't want to send it back because unlike me, he doesn't complain. The whole dish remained full, sans the eggs and the waitress didn't even ask if there was an issue. Let me break it down for you. If the Birmingham address is the reason this place has a line out the door on the weekends, and I have a sneaking suspicion it is, then there are alot of people out there who have no idea what good breakfast is all about. You are better off hitting Alex's on 12 mile in Berkley, Cozy Cabin on 12 mile in Warren or if you think you need to be ""trendy"" while eatting pancakes, go to Toast on Woodward in Ferndale. These 3 joint know fresh breakfast, give you actual value for your buck and the service if FAR superior. Unique breakfast? Suckers. Pros: Good coffee Cons: Long wait, poor service, markets food as fresh but definately is not, expensive for what you get more

Best place for breakfast! 2/2/2008

Forget other restaurants that specialize in dinner but dabble in breakfast. The Pankcake is the place to go for breakfast (no matter the time of day). The food is great, always served warm, and the juices are fresh. more

Must-try for breakfast 11/18/2007

If you can't make it on a weekday morning, you'll have to tolerate a 30- to 45-minute wait ... but it's well worth it. This is one of those tried-and-true breakfast spots that locals love -- the bacon is crisped to perfection, the pancakes fluffy and the oj pulpy and freshly squeezed. I've eaten here a handful of times (mostly because I dont like waiting so long) and haven't been disappointed. The decor is cute and sort of nostalgic but I still think the prices are a bit high. Pros: Pancakes, OJ, bacon Cons: Prices, looong wait more

Good food 5/3/2007

My favorite is the Spinach and Cheese Omelette with the mushroom sauce. Any pancakes served there is tasty. Pro: good food. Con: Be ready to wait in line because it is a local favorite. Pros: good food Cons: wait in line more

yes! 12/19/2006

this place is wonderful! try the garden dutch baby with sausage added and a side of salsa. it's heaven! Pros: best breakfast Cons: crowded more

I LOVE THIS PLACE BUT.... 10/12/2006

I love this place, don't get me wrong. The food is so good more

Best pancakes & omelets in town 4/14/2006

This is NOT your typical diner breakfast; it IS a place where breakfast fare is taken seriously and done with pizazz. Bacon is maple-cured and thick. The apple and German pancake are masterpieces: fluffy and chewy, baked to perfection and spiced right. The omelets are baked and fluffy, stuffed with real quality ingredients. There are no shortcuts, down to the hearty arabica coffee and real cream. The wait can be infuriating and crowds heavy, but if you can get in, by all means - do so. Pros: Food quality, menu, professional service Cons: crowds, waiting more

Food is worth the wait 11/26/2002

The food is so good. That it is worth any inconvience. more

Horrible service 11/24/2002

Every time i've gone in there it is horrible. Nothing like the one in chicago. even the food in chicago is better more

someplace different 11/24/2002

If you are eating in Birmingham, then value isn't the most important issue. But a enjoyable experience is. It is loud, service is slow, but you can get great Crepes and other specialties that are well prepared. I wouldn't go there daily, but just once in a while. Pros: different offerings Cons: too loud inside, Slow service more

Blissful Indulgence 11/21/2002

Fantastic Breakfest! Even the pickest eaters, such as myself, are fully sated. There is a line on the weekends but it moves pretty fast. It can seem a bit crowded if you dont' get a booth but the warm feeling of the interior still reflects a relaxed atmosphere so you don't feel stressed nor taxed at the sitting arrangements. My sister and I enjoy our weekly brunch there, as a half way point for both of us. 20 minutes but it's worth the trip. : ) Enjoy! Pros: Great Food, Nice Atmosphere, Good Service Cons: Crowded at times, Limited Parking more

good to eat when you want breakfast 11/15/2002

will i have nt eaten thair in a while but the last time i was their the cervice was good when i orded the food was fast i realy like the butter mikl pancakes i really like the breakfast for a buck deal when you buy a drink i would recomend to my best friend more

Crepes to die for. 11/14/2002

Best crepes I have ever had. The raspberry crepes are the best, and the Big Apple is great if you have a large appetite. Never had coffee this good. Pros: Excellent food, Fair pricing, Good parking Cons: Long lines more

Fine-tasting fritters 11/5/2002

The applefritters at the Original Pancake house are the best appetizers or desserts for breakfast. more

Amazing taste 11/4/2002

I could not believe my mouth. It was amazing. A man with a Porsche pulled up.... he had good taste. Pros: Taste Cons: Crowded, Slow service more

Awesome 10/24/2002

I really liked the Apple Pancakes!!! Plan on napping afterword! more


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  • In Short
    Founded in Oregon circa 1953, this simply-furnished spot owes its success to its creative menu and fresh ingredients. Batters are made on the premises; a special ""sourdough...

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