posted on March 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm
It was Friday night and I went to walk my dog and something in the air didn’t feel right. The minute I walked in the door, it started sounding like all hell was breaking loose outside my house. I just figured it was the rain we’d be praying for and made my way back to the couch to watch some TV. Then the power went out and didn’t come back on. I tried to shrug it off, lit up the lanterns I had bought that day (for some odd reason) and hit the hay soon after. It wasn’t until the next morning that I found out what happened…a tornado had touched down a couple of blocks from my downtown home. WTF?! I still had no power and wouldn’t for another 24 hours. No power meant no coffee (a major problem for this caffeine fiend), so I went out to breakfast at The Original Pancake House. My Mom used to take me here all the time and the nostalgia made me feel right at home–something I needed on such a bonkers day.
The line were long, but it gave me a chance to read up on the night before and the counter staff was nice enough to pour us some coffee as we waited. After being seated, I took stock of the massive menu and decided to have something new–the Dutch baby pancake.
The Dutch Baby
For those of you who don’t know, the massive pancake is baked in the oven where it rises and collapses when taken out. It is served with lots of whipped butter and lemon wedges. What is nice about this pancake versus other styles is the lightness. I didn’t get that sluggish “I just ate a plate of pancakes” feeling. The bacon was crisp and my grapefruit juice was freshly squeezed. The coffee kept coming and I really couldn’t have asked for more on such a crazy morning. Still a great spot after all these years.
Address: 2321 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Phone: (404) 633-5677