The Original Pancake House - Come for Breakfast, Stay for Lunch

Tue, 02/20/2007 - 3:35pm
By: Kristine Loughman

You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why at The Original Pancake House, if they’re open, they’re serving up breakfast in delicious and hearty portions. But don’t let the restaurant’s name fool you, there are more than pancakes rounding out this extensive menu.

“My favorite meal is a Spanish omelet with thick cut bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice,” owner Jay Justis says. Omelets are built with five to six eggs whipped up in a unique style to make them fluffy, light and huge. The orange juice is fresh squeezed every day and each large glass holds the juice of four or five oranges.

While breakfast basics like bacon and eggs or buttermilk pancakes will always be huge sellers at The Original Pancake House, signature items like the Apple Pancake or the Dutch Baby are standouts that bring customers back again and again. The Apple Pancake is a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection. The Dutch Baby is a pastry made from Dutch batter that is brought to the table still rising, served up with whipped butter and powdered sugar. Then there are the gourmet crepes, some with sour cream, bananas and apricot sauce, some with cherries and powdered sugar, some topped with fresh fruit.

As for the pancakes, there are too many varieties to name, including Georgia Pecan, coconut, Hawaiian pancakes filled with crushed pineapple, blueberry, banana and even bacon pancakes filled with pieces of bacon.

But breakfast isn’t the only tasty option offered at The Original Pancake House. The restaurant has doubled their lunch menu to offer 15 new savory entrees. New items include chicken breasts, filet cut and cooked in rosemary or Dijon cream sauce and served with rice and fresh bread, fettuccini alfredo with ham and broccoli, ziti, fresh sandwiches served in tortilla wraps or fresh baked pizza dough and plenty of other dishes to please any appetite.

“While our terrific breakfast dishes are available any time we are open, it’s clear that we’re not just for breakfast anymore,” Jay says. “Come for breakfast. Stay for lunch.”

The Original Pancake House was founded over five decades ago in Portland, Oregon, by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. “Drawing on their many years of experience in the culinary field and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes, they were able to offer this unique and original menu,” Jay explains. “Seven years ago, my wife Mary Kay and I met one of our life’s goals in winning the first new franchise for an Original Pancake House offered in 10 years.” The couple chose Peachtree City as the perfect location and have enjoyed putting down roots and raising their children in this community.

“The great majority of our customers are regulars,” Jay says. “I have been told by so many that not only do they love the food, but also that they always feel so warmly welcomed and we’re their favorite place to dine.”
The restaurant and been doing more catering business lately for local businesses and groups and menus can be customized for both large and small groups. Additionally, there is a large private meeting room for weekday breakfast meetings available at the restaurant for groups up to 60 people.

The Original Pancake House is located at 243 Marketplace Connector, on the corner of Hwy 74 and Hwy 54 across from The Avenue in Peachtree City.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 770-486-7634 or visit for more information.

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Submitted by Geysir Joe on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 6:43am.

I have eaten at most of the breakfast places in PTC (i.e. Huddle House, Waffle Houses, Original Pancake House). For good service, friendly people, and great food, I believe, J. Christopher's and Mike & C's are the two best. Try them, you like them.

Submitted by IMNSHO on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:15pm.

I've given the OPH more than one chance over the years, at busy times and slow times, and always had bad service. I might be willing to put up with that, if it didn't come with overpriced, just so-so food.

The last time I was in there, I sat at the booth for 20 minutes waiting for my friend to arrive. After my initial order of orange juice, the waitress NEVER came back to check on me, and when my partner arrived, we left and went to Waffle House where the food was better and the service was GREAT.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 3:06pm.

In the Wilshire Pavillion. Locally owned. Good breakfast. Give it a shot.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 2:04pm.

Have a great breakfast, great sweet tea, and great hot wings! Smiling

Submitted by FCHSalumni on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 4:44pm.

I love that place. My husband couldn't quit talking about the omelette he had there recently. I've only had lunch or dinner there, but have always been pleased with the food quality and service.

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Submitted by Emmyjune on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 3:11pm.

I wonder if the person who wrote this blurb on the OPH actually ate there. I, by no means, am picky when it comes to eating. I can pretty much find something I like anywhere. This place was one of the worst restaurants I have ever been in. We weren't greeted when we walked in, it took at least ten minutes for a server to get our drink orders, and about 30 minutes to get our food. When the food finally DID arrive, it was terrible! My husband and I were somewhat disgusted with the experience, especially since our breakfast for two cost us over $20. I really enjoy omelets, and the one I ordered there was awful. I was shocked, as I had expected a good, delicious breakfast. I would go to Waffle House ANY day, rather than go to OPH.

Submitted by mdm22 on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 1:28pm.

As far as i know is better than other restaurants
selling pancakes

Submitted by FCHSalumni on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 6:15pm.

I have to wonder the same thing. My aunt and her boyfriend ate there when they came down for my wedding and were very unimpressed. And the bill was kinda steep for a simple two orders of pancakes and coffee.

The one in NE Atlanta near Cheshire Bridge Road is much better.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 4:53pm.

I ate there once since I've lived here, 17 yrs.

I have no reason to go back.

Then again, PTC is the only place that I've ever seen a Mickey-D's go out of business.

What we need is a late night Denny's?

Submitted by IMNSHO on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:17pm.

PTC is the only place that I've ever seen a Mickey-D's go out of business.

Which one are you talking about? The one on Hwy 54 is still going strong. The old one at Crosstown closed because they opened a newer & bigger location down the road. That's not going out of business, just relocating. Is there another that I'm not remembering?

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:23pm.

Then I stand corrected.

Thank you.

Submitted by charliemetro1927 on Tue, 02/20/2007 - 3:58pm.

We have eaten at the "Original" Original Pancake House in Portland, and this one is even better in PTC. It's the best restaurant in town. (that is if or until we get a Red Lobster and/or an Olive Garden/Darden Restaurant/).

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