Welcome to the final Restaurant Spotlight: Oregon edition! It was an exciting trip for us in central Oregon, and we can't wait to return!
The Original Pancake House opened on March 24th, 1997. Ken and Betsy Mauch opened the restaurant in Bend, Oregon, and began serving scratch-made breakfasts to Bend and surrounding areas.
Their vision of a delicious (and filling) breakfast restaurant drew inspiration from The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon, opened in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke.
Ken and Betsy used this opportunity to follow the original recipes developed at the restaurant in Portland and the "only the best ingredients" slogan that made it so respected and successful.
They launched their menu featuring classic breakfast foods, including eggs, bacon, pancakes, omelets, waffles, crepes, breakfast cereals, and much more.
Their vision proved successful as the Bend location became increasingly popular, with customers driving from Redmond and beyond to experience their delicious, scratch-made breakfasts. The success at the Bend location and customer support inspired the couple to open a second location in Redmond on January 14th, 2009.
We arrived at The Original Pancake House in Redmond on a warm July afternoon. The weather was calm, with beautiful mountains watching over in the distance. With hunger building from the scenic drive, we couldn't wait to stop in for some breakfast comfort food!
Upon entering the restaurant, the immediate scent of delicious breakfast food and fresh coffee filled the air. The busy dining room was buzzing from the excitement of pancakes, eggs, bacon, waffles, crepes, and other delicious food. We were greeted in a friendly manner and seated around five minutes after we entered the restaurant.
I ordered the eggs benedict, served with three buttermilk pancakes. The hollandaise sauce was creamy and rich but not overpowering, and I loved the sprinkles of paprika on top. The eggs were nice and runny, and the grilled English muffins created the perfect bed for this hearty dish. The buttermilk pancakes were light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious! They were the perfect accompaniment to the eggs benedict, and I wasted no time taking them down after drenching them in maple syrup!
The host of the trip ordered the Monterey Omelet with three buttermilk pancakes and a pecan waffle (not pictured). They loved the consistency of the omelet with the tomatillo salsa, including the extra gooey cheese. The three fluffy buttermilk pancakes and the fresh pecan waffle also hit the spot for our host.
The Original Pancake House was excellent! Our experience featured delicious food combined with friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere. We also loved that you could purchase items featuring The Original Pancake House branding and even their syrups and coffee!
We can't wait to return to central Oregon to spotlight even more unique restaurants and delicious eats. We will see you in 2024 for our next Restaurant Spotlight installment! Happy New Year!
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