This blog experience was made possible through the support of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. All thoughts, opinions, and comments are those of Fit, Fun & Delish.
On Paul’s birthday we decided to start the celebration early in the morning by going to the Original Pancake House (OPH). This would be my second time going to OPH but Paul has been there numerous times. See OPH is an institution…. It has been in the same spot for 25 years! According to Paul, the decor hasn’t changed much since their early days except they built an additional room to accommodate more guests. Personally I think the decor is what makes this place so charming.
The walls in the hall are signed by local celebrities that have visited the OPH.
Most of the time the lines are long to get in (unless you go in VERY early or much later in the morning) so be prepared to wait. There is a counter where you can sit if there are spots available. Sometimes the waiting time can be over an hour! Specially during the weekend.
One of the main attractions from OPH is the Apple Pancake. Look at that humongous pancake coming right out of the oven! This is OPH’s description of the delicious pancake:
“A delicious concoction all of our own! We start with a special batter, pour it over fresh sautéed apples and bake it halfway, and then we glaze it with cinnamon sugar, flip it over and bake it again! What comes out of the oven in a delightfully bubbly dish brimming with apples and cinnamon. Our best seller – it has been copied, but never duplicated!”
Sometimes they tell you that it may take up to 45 minutes for the pancake to be ready. This means you better not arrive super hungry because you may be tempted to order something else instead of waiting. But don’t worry, seems like they tell you that time frame but for us, it always comes out in about 20-25 minutes. The wait is definitely worth it!
I ordered scrambled eggs and ham (not pictured) with a side of buttermilk pancakes. Very good!
The gentleman seated next to our table had the Dutch Baby (picture on the right). OPH description of the Dutch Baby: “This recipe was derived from the kitchens of great German cooks, oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon and a dusting of powdered sugar. One of our lightest pancakes!”. (I secretly regret not ordering this dish)
Now don’t be “scared” by where the OPH is located. Right next to a Motel 6! The location can make for some fun people watching if you go on Sunday morning. You can tell some of the guests were out the night before partying in Scottsdale.
I highly recommend you go down and check this little gem out. The Original Pancake House is definitely a Scottsdale institution for a reason; the service is good and the quality of the food is excellent! No wonder this place is so popular!