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#32 of 1,528 American in Chicago
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Near North Side
0.5 km from 360 Chicago Observation Deck
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I haven't been here in years and today was so exceptional I'm going to treat myself at least once a month. I was craving chocolate chip pancakes 🥞 but I also wanted something special on the side. My attentive server suggested I order either a...skillet 🍳 or an omelette so the I could get pancakes free on the side. I chose the andouille sausage skillet with eggs served soft and I definitely enjoyed every bite of potato, red peppers, sausage, egg 🥚 and cheese. The chocolate chip pancakes are just a slight upgrade and well worth every penny. The service here is exceptional and everyone here checks up on you to make sure you have enough water 💧 or food. The portions are generous and the food is presented beautifully. You can feel love in every bite 💘 Breakfast here was the highlight of my day and so I'm leaving this 5 🌟 review as a handwritten thankMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 10 November 2020

Original Pancake House, not to be confused with International House of Pancakes (IHOP), is a chain mostly noted for its signature pancakes. To make its own pancakes, owners use 93 score butter, pure 36 percent whipping cream, fresh Grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour...and OPH's own recipe for sourdough starter. Nobody does it better. But my wife and I aren't pancake people. So whenever we visit the OPH at 22 East Bellevue Place in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, at Rush, next to Tavern on Rush, my wife usually orders a Belgian waffle topped with strawberries, whipped cream and powdered sugar with home-made strawberry syrup. I usually order old-fashioned oatmeal with raisins and pecans, whipping cream and brown sugar and Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, English muffin, hickory smoked Canadian bacon and home-made hollandaise sauce served with potato pancakes and sour cream or corned beef hash and eggs, a house-made blend of freshly ground corned beef with potatoes and onions, two scrambled eggs, three buttermilk pancakes and four links of pork sausage. With a large glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Founded in 1953 in Portland, Oregon, Original Pancake House has grown to 150 locations, including four in Chicago and 11 in the Chicago suburbs. Pancake lovers covet OPH's original specialties, apple pancake with fresh sliced Granny Smith apples and pure cinnamon sugar glaze; Dutch Baby, a German pancake served with lemon, whipped butter and powered sugar; and Dutch Treat, a Dutch Baby pancake filled with strawberries and bananas, dusted with powdered sugar and served with home-made strawberry syrup. The OPH at 22 East Bellevue Place is open from 6:30 to 3 Monday through Friday and 6:30 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 26 October 2020

This is a great place to have brunch. The pancakes are really well done and goes well with some orange juice! Recomend!

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed 17 September 2020

We were staying locally and ordered a late breakfast of the Dutch Garden and pumpkin pancakes. Our order was ready when it was supposed to be and we had a generous inclusion of utensils and syrup. Food was very good.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 11 July 2020

Really was in the mood for blueberry pancakes,but my waistline screamed egg white omelet. Wasn’t disappointed at all. What a great omelette. Veggies ham, the works. Big enough to feed 2-3 people. You won’t go hungry here. Great value and great service! Next time those...blueberry pancakes!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020 via mobile

What a brilliant find. The breakfast choice is brilliant and the service even better. The pancakes are very light and fluffy! Would definitely return!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020

Every time I come to Chicago, I ALWAYS come here for breakfast, no matter how far away the hotel is! I was first staying at the Thompson Hotel across the road when I discovered this hidden gem, and it became my favourite place ever for...breakfast! The service is incredible - all the staff are efficient, friendly, and the food is cooked to perfection. There's a huge choice on the menu, so if you're not in the mood for pancakes (which is a rarity), then there's plenty of other things to choose from. The pancakes here are fluffy and delicious, as are the waffles (especially the blueberry waffles)! The drink choice is also excellent, and everything is very reasonably priced. I also absolutely love the authentic and traditional feel to the place - a wooden, old-style type breakfast house, making you feel very cosy and welcomed. I can't wait to come back soon!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 26 February 2020

I thought this was going to be ordinary at best but the breakfast was good and the service Beyond expectations. Wonderful choice.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

We had breakfast at the OPH this morning. Reasonably priced, quality food and friendly staff. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 18 February 2020

One of my favorite places for great pancakes and omelets. Fresh OJ, and really good bacon. Fast service.

Date of visit: November 2019
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5 October 2020|
Response from ua1flyer | Reviewed this property |
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20 August 2017|
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Response from 59juliek7 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any pets in the restaurant when we were there, but out of consideration of other patrons and their possible allergies to pets, I would think that if they were allowed, it would only be on the patio.
17 June 2016|
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Response from Seaneog | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure but I don't think so. You won't be waiting too long if you have to wait. We've never had to wait for a table though.
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