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Scottsdale - Original Pancake House

Anybody got a current review? I know it has had some good comments in the past despite it's quirks (sounded like the owner was the Pancake Nazi). I am headed to AZ the first of August and was making note of a few breakfast places to try. I already have LGO, Au Petite Four, Butterfields and I'm staying @ The Royal Palms, so will eat there at least one morning.

I am a morning person who likes to get out and eat where the locals do so any other suggestions are welcome.

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  1. We've been and weren't impressed. Plus the Cash Only policy is a pain, since we usually used debit and don't carry cash. If you like a field trip, The Farmhouse in Gilbert is good but a drive. Harlow's in Tempe has a good breakfast too. Definitely better than OPH, IMHO.

    Harlow's Cafe
    1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

    1. For other great breakfasts, I love Matt's Big Breakfast; just about everything is perfect. The one thing to avoid is the hash browns- they shred the potatoes fresh and they tend to be soggy. One that's been going strong in Gilbert for at least 20 years is The Farm House. It used to actually be in a farm house on a farm, but they had to move to downtown Gilbert some years ago. Thankfully, the small-town charm and the food survived the trip down Gilbert Road very well. In Tempe is Harlow's Cafe, a favorite among many of us CHers.

      Matt's Big Breakfast
      801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      Farm House Restaurant
      228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        The food at Matt's rocks, but standing on the street for an hour in the summer heat is no way to spend a morning. Check the wait time before committing.

      2. Taylor's on NE corner of 44th/Camelback is a good, close option. Love their egg white omelet w/lots of veg and side of cottage cheese ($8.95). It's a neighborhood joint and there are quite a few locals.

        1. I would suggest another breakfast venue and OPH only as a very last resort. Their cash only policy and the outright surliness of the staff just made this a wash for me. The Dutch Baby Pancake is delicious, but that isn't enough for me to put up with "Soup Nazi" treatment.

          1. There are much better options listed here. It's a national chain that you can hit when you have do other options.

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            1. re: geg5150

              They've closed, different theme, still going by Pischke's though.

              1. re: akapty

                different theme
                different name
                different owner
                different staff

                eff that place. people loved pischke's for what it was. without that it is nothing to me.

            2. Pischke's is always an interesting breakfast!!


              Pischke's Blue Ribbon
              7217 E 1st St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              1. The Eggery at 44th and Camelback is about a mile west of your hotel and serves a good breakfast.

                Eggery Etc
                5109 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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                1. re: silverbear

                  Thanks guys, you have upgraded my breakfast one morning and gave me a few more to try as well.

                  1. re: silverbear

                    Just an FYI....

                    The Eggery at 44th and Camelback appears to have closed. My parents tried to have breakfast there a couple of weeks ago and they said the place was empty, the doors locked and I have confirmed the phone has been disconnected.

                    1. re: Seth Chadwick

                      Thanks for the update. There seems to be a lot of change going on at all four corners of 44th and Camelback: the mushroom bank; the redevelopment of the site that houses Daniel's, Havana Cafe, and Kohnie's; and the proposed new development on the NW corner. Add this development to the list.

                      I just called the Eggery location a few miles west at Central and Camelback, which confirms it is still open.

                      1. re: silverbear

                        If it's the weekend...check out Brunch @ Olive and Ivy and dine among Scottsdale's most beautiful people

                        or The Breakfast Club
                        Love the Wild Mushroom Omlete! Great iced Coffee

                        Also the Orange Table in Scottsdale on the Scottsdale Mall, for Pancakes, Hash, Great Coffee....

                        The Breakfast Club
                        4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                        Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace
                        7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 195, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                  2. A former favorite breakfast of mine, was the protein pancakes at U.S. Egg. I like an unusual pancake - they're probably not for everybody. I don't go there, so much, anymore, because, I'm trying to lay off the syrup, and their other options are fairly ordinary. I think the place is well managed. They've never contributed to my morning moodiness.

                    U S Egg
                    3238 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                    1. re: johnseberg

                      Protein cakes! Right on! Definitely one of the things I miss about living in Tempe (and only 2 miles from US Egg). Nowadays, we get over there only about once a year or so.

                      1. re: johnseberg

                        Agreed, good food, get there early.

                      2. I ate at OPH just last week and had a great experience, though I did not have pancakes. Despite a few bad posts here, I have always found the food above average and the service fine. They do some interesting baked egg dishes and have a wide selection of fruit based desserts. The cash only is a quirck, but hey we're not talking huge checks here. And I got Wayne Gretzky's autograph there once. ;)

                        That said, Taylor's is awesome and has great food, I'd second that rec. The other place that's good is Ranch House Grill at 54th St & Thomas, great value, total local walk up place.

                        Also, usually a dinner recommendation, Richardson's has some of the best chorizo and eggs in town, try it quesadilla style with mexican rice. It's my Sunday ritual.

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                        1. re: kmarg

                          Richardson's (actually, Dick's Hideaway) is my favorite breakfast in town. Dick's opens at 8:00am, 7 days. Richardson's starts at 9:00am on Weekends only.

                          Au Petit Four Ltd
                          18 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

                          La Grande Orange Grocery
                          4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                          Dick's Hideaway
                          6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                          Butterfield's Pancake House and Restaurant
                          7388 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

                          Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
                          1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

                          1. re: johnseberg

                            I now have a different breakfast spot for every day of my stay in the Scottsdale are, you guys are great. If any are ever in the coastal area of NC or SC ( I live right on the line ) or Raleigh (born and raised there) I would like to return the favor.

                            1. re: Raised on Q

                              I tried to mark the places of everything mentioned, but, it stalled out. I think I have them all, now.

                              FYI, I think Orange Table is really hard to find. I had to hunt around, on foot, the first time I went there.

                              Original Pancake House
                              6840 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                              Eggery Etc
                              50 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

                              Orange Table
                              7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                              Taylor's Cafe
                              5053 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                              1. re: johnseberg

                                Q, is 42nd St Oyster Bar still open? Had a great dinner there a few years ago and have been craving their oyster shooters ever since!

                                PS- just got back from Dick's/Rich's for Sunday brunch and it was in great form ... enchiladas and eggs bene with jalepeno hollandaise. I may not have to eat again today :) Let us know where you end up trying.

                                1. re: kmarg

                                  Yes, still open - 42nd St is a Raleigh institution. I think that the local lawyers who hang out there for happy hour keep the bills paid.
                                  My Grandfather actually tended bar and shucked oysters in the original location in the early 50's, he enjoyed going to the new one when they reopened in the late 80's to eat. Not quite the same atmosphere as when he worked there though!

                            2. re: johnseberg

                              We ate lunch today at Dick's, which again was delish. Stuck with enchiladas and stews... have not yet tried their breakfast fare.

                              I'd be interested in going with a larger group for breakfast, which would probably mean going to Richardson's due to space. Their website is down so how would you describe their offerings/prices?

                              1. re: tastyjon

                                I think the lowest priced item is maybe $6, and would be a "special" like blueberry pancakes, or a small burrito. The stuff on the regular menu might be more like $8-12.

                                This snippet of the menu is about a year old, but, I think the prices are the same.


                                A breakfast gathering at Dick's might allow us to claim the back room, or part of it, anyway.

                            3. re: kmarg

                              I agree with kmarg, the OPH isn't as bad as others have made it to sound. Nothing too creative here, just decent food. I've been here several times with family and have never had bad service, as we always seem to wind up being served by the same person. I would reccomend OPH if you are staying by Fashion Square and looking for something fairly ordinary.

                              1. re: kmarg

                                I too, enjoy the Original Pancake House. Their pancakes and real maple syrup are good as well as the thick sliced smokey bacon. We eat at the one on PCH near Palos Verdes, CA and the one at the Green Valley Ranch Station Casino in Henderson, NV. There are lots of good breakfast places and I feel that for a chain restaurant, OPH holds their own. Thats BnF's take.

                              2. Okay, I have to drop my $0.02 here because just seeing the words "Original Pancake House" strikes a nerve with me. As a chain, I think it's a good one. The apple pancake, Swedish Pancake and 49er Flapjacks are really, really good. They also have very good thick-cut bacon. I have been to OPH in San Diego, Toledo, Chicago and Scottsdale....as well as the N Phoenix location before they closed it.

                                All have good food, but only the Scottsdale location has the awful policies and rude owner. Other than the cash-only policy:

                                1. I have personally witnessed Ron, the owner, chase customers out of the restaurant because they used their cell phone while in the waiting area
                                2. Almost every time I eat there I find hair in my food. Is this a fluke? They had a fire there many years ago; we used to joke that it was a hair fire.
                                3. For the price they charge for bacon ($4.00 at least), they should give you more than 3 slices. Every other OPH in the country gives you 4. Not at Ron's place!
                                4. I can't even count the number of times that Ron has argued with customers, refused to accomodate special (simple) requests, and been downright abrasive.
                                5. It's a pancake restaurant, yet they can only make a certain limited number of swedish/apple pancakes at a time. After waiting for over an hour, it's not pleasant to hear that they can't make you one.

                                I don't have anything against the restaurant or the owner personally and I'm sorry if I'm repeating what's been said in a previous thread, but I just can't believe the the corporate office allows this guy to run the place. Yes, despite my gripes, I keep going back.....hair-in-the-food and all. Sometimes, you just can't find a better apple pancake and maybe the hair just adds to the complexity.

                                I will say, however, that the servers are usually very good and almost apologetic for their boss.

                                Just re-read my comment before hitting "post" and realized how negative I sound, but it just amazes me how obnoxious this place has become and how caught-up it is in it's own little policies. It makes LGO's policies look liberal!

                                Ah...I feel better now.

                                1. HORRIBLE! Stay away from this place. I personally really love the Original Pancake Houses, and have had terrific meals at some in Colorado and Florida; but this one was just awful. Everything from the location and ambience (looks, smells, and is a motel diner); to the food (overly greasy and absurdly small portions, especially compared with the standard OPH portion sizes), and it was gross and kind of dirty. I really regret not walking out and staying for a crappy meal there.

                                  1. The "Pancake Nazi" OMG - that's perfect! We ate there this a.m. and I commented to my husband on the way out that they were RUDE! That being said, tho, we thought Original Pancake House was one of the best breakfasts we've had in awhile - don't know what was in the cakes, but there was some secret ingredient in there! They tasted like sourdough cakes, but were advertised as buttermilk. The spicy chicken sausages were wonderful with visable herbs and spices. This will be a keeper for our annual visits to Spring Training.

                                    1. BnF likes the Original Pancake House and you will too.