People all around the globe have enjoyed eating pancakes for centuries. In 1953, Les Highet and Erma Hueneke combined their extensive working knowledge of national and ethnic pancake recipes into a unique menu, thus founding The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon. As a second and third generation family business, the restaurant has grown to over 100 franchises from coast to coast, winning local and national acclaim. It was voted by James Beard as one of the nation’s “Ten Best” breakfast restaurants in the category of “American’s Regional Classic Award.” Each distinctive location uses only the finest ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure whipping cream, the finest plump blueberries, fresh grade AA eggs, hard-wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Signature items include the Apple Pancake – a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection – and the Dutch Baby – an oven-baked German pancake with powdered sugar.
In 1965 the Harrigan Brothers bought The Original Pancake House franchise on Western Avenue. Committed to the quality of the recipes and ingredients used to prepare these delicious pancakes, waffles and crepes- the Harrigans have been loyal members of the business community for 50 years. People return often and for generations have called The Original Pancake House “home”! We take pride in our colonial “house on the hill” and the décor reflects a warm feeling with three fireplaces, floor to ceiling woodwork and an old-world charm. Families have made breakfast with us a tradition and we believe our batters made from scratch, specially blended coffee and freshly squeezed juices are the reasons they return to us so often. Taste and see why we really are the “Original”!