I’d always been really curious about The Original Pancake House. They have several locations, two of which I frequently pass in my day-to-day routine. I’d heard they have great pancakes and that their weekend lines are always out the door, but I’d never experienced this place for myself. So, after spying a new Roseville location (which is less than 10 minutes from my apartment – score), I decided it was now a must go for The Great Minnesota Breakfast Tour. And what a fantastic decision that was.
After a short drive, we arrived at the Roseville location of The Original Pancake House. We entered the rather strange looking outside of the restaurant and were welcomed into a spacious dining room that extended into three separate rooms and included a large bar. A peppy 20-something with firey red hair skipped towards us and escorted us to a large booth on the edge of the first room. We ordered coffees and our waitress flashed the back of her Vikings jersey as she zoomed away to get them. She quickly arrived back with hefty coffee mugs, carefully crafted and so adorable that I wanted to buy one for my own.
We took a few minutes to look at their extensive menu. I was surprised to see how much depth and variety they offered, even though they specialize in pancakes. They even offer an entire gluten-free menu, complete with tons of gluten-free pancake options. The sister of a Celiac Disease sufferer in me (okay, all of me) cheered. My breakfast partner and I had a fun time exploring the dozens of pancake varieties available – how could you narrow it down?! Though we were at a pancake house, my lame self still ordered my usual Old Fashioned Oatmeal ($3.95), with the additions of brown sugar, cream, pecans ($1.50), and raspberries ($2.50). My breakfast companion embraced the autumn season and ordered Pumpkin Pancakes ($7.75) and a side two eggs ($2.95) and bacon ($4.50).
Our waitress topped off my coffee as we waited just a few minutes for our food. We enjoyed examining the demeanor of the wait staff, all of whom were rocking Vikings jerseys and all of whom were peppier than peppy. There was a certain energy throughout this entire venue – people were happy to be there, people were loving their food, and people were loving their lives. It was difficult not to smile. And my smile grew even wider when our breakfasts arrived. My oatmeal was housed in a too-cute-for-words mini croc pot that matched my adorable mug. If the presentation wasn’t perfect enough, the oatmeal was absolutely delicious. It was smooth, it was rich, and it was delectable. The pecan-raspberry combo was a welcome touch of sweetness, but the cream was absolutely unnecessary due to the already creamy nature of the oats. The brown sugar I added made an ooey-gooey goodness that I couldn’t get enough of.
My breakfast partner also had a fantastic breakfast. The pancakes weren’t overwhelmingly sweet like you may expect dessert-y pancakes to be. The cakes were topped with homemade, fluffy whipped cream. The whipped cream-cake combo created a pumpkin pie- like experience that wasn’t too sweet and totally tolerable for a breakfast food. They were a perfect choice for a seasonal dish.
Overall, the experience at The Original Pancake House was absolutely fantastic. The coffee was delicious, the staff was energetic, the food was top notch, and they had all the variety you could ever want. Go there. Get pancakes. And that day will be a great one.
Coffee Quality: 9
Food Quality: 9
Quality of Service: 10
Menu Variety: 10
Overall Satisfaction: 10
Parking: Large lot available
Average Score: 9.3
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The Original Pancake House
1661 W County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113