We tend to be a fairly skeptical family when it comes to most claims — “Best Dry Cleaner,” “Best Service,” “Biggest Selection” — we hear it all the time. So, when we ventured over to the new Original Pancake House in Grapevine, we were skeptical of claims that their pancakes would be truly remarkable.
Their location is a little hard to find, having moved into the former Denny’s location on William D. Tate (close to Hooters and Bone Daddy’s if that helps) Upon arrival, we were greeted by everyone, including the owners, and the whole staff exuded enthusiasm including our server who wanted to know all our names (and remembered them through the whole meal).
In addition to a wide variety of pancakes, they boast two signature items: the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar; and the “Dutch Baby.”
We all started with fresh squeezed orange juice which was delicious and plentiful. I’m an omelet guy, so I ordered what I consider to be a breakfast staple, a Ham and Cheese omelet. I added sausage and mushrooms with diced tomatoes on top to throw them a bit of a curve, but our server just smiled and took my order. My wife ordered her favorite, Eggs Benedict and our oldest son went with the classic, Eggs and Bacon. Our daughter ordered the Blueberry Pancakes and our youngest son couldn’t resist the Dutch Baby. The wait was not long and the food coming out was like opening a present. Everyone oohed and aahed, admiring the presentation of all the food, especially the Dutch Baby (it turned out to be an air filled sort of pancake, beautifully oven baked and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar – mouthwatering!). Everything looked great and the omelet had a unique look, kind of like a football. My youngest gave 10 thumbs up for the Dutch Baby and my omelet was the best I have had in a long time (the consistency was perfect and it was truly terrific). Everyone shared and we were all in agreement that everything was delicious. My kids could not stop eating and stuffed themselves thoroughly, even eating part of my omelet. No doubt, the Original Pancake House is a cut or two above all other breakfast choices available in Grapevine/Colleyville.
So, bring your appetite and if you’re looking for a new favorite breakfast haunt, expect to be very pleasantly satisfied.
The Original Pancake House is a Portland-based breakfast restaurant, established in 1953 with more than 80 locations nationwide. It is a third-generation family business built on gourmet made-from-scratch breakfasts and fresh ingredients. Grapevine owners, Mark Bailey and Jonathon Seyoum (pictured here in front of the Grapevine entrance), were friendly and approachable and very enthusiastic about their food. The service was excellent and the atmosphere homey and very family-friendly.