Waikiki club crawlers returning to their dens at the start of a new day often stop to refuel at a favorite breakfast haunt, The Original Pancake House, 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 103, Honolulu. Opening at 6AM, The Original Pancake House has served Honolulu residents breakfast for over thirty-five years, along with a limited lunch menu from 11AM, closing promptly at 2PM.
The ORIGINAL ‘Original Pancake House’ opened in 1953 in Portland Oregon and the key to continuing success has been simplicity & consistency. Comfort food breakfast style as defined by Middle America. All the usual breakfast staples are available; Portuguese Sausage, Sausage Patty (2), Canadian Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Ham, Bacon, Link Sausage, all of the aforementioned meats served with eggs and a choice of three pancakes or rice or hash browns or toast for $7.95 One can opt for Cream of Wheat or ‘Old Fashion Oatmeal’ though my Southern friends are appalled that there are no grits on the menu!
Befitting the name ‘Original Pancake House’ there are an enticing variety of pancake specialties ranging in price from $5.75 to $7.25: Buckwheat Pancakes are a favorite for the health conscious as are Wheat Germ Pancakes. Pancakes with a local touch; Banana or Macadamia Nut or Coconut Pancakes and Hawai’i’an Pancakes with bits of pineapple. Swedish Pancakes are served with lingonberry butter while Chocolate Chip Pancakes are topped with whipped cream.
For those in need of an International Fix there is French Toast ($5.95 to $7.25) and Belgium Waffles ($5.95 to $8.15) as well as an assortment of Crepes ($6.50 to $7.45) and again as a concession to local tastes one can find Guava as well as Mandarin Orange but I like to travel further afield settling for Danish Cherry, Yumm!
There are omelets aplenty ranging from $9.05 for Kalihi made Portuguese Sausage diced & mixed with green onions, other $9.05 choices include Asparagus, Broccoli, and Cheese (now you know your ABC s go back to sleep), I nearly forgot to mention a delightful Garden Special as well as Mushroom and a Potato Omelet. Nine & a quarter is the price for a delightful duo; Corned Beef is rather self explanatory, but R & D’s Favorite is described as “oven baked omelette filled with spinach, Italian herbs, and ground beef seasoned with garlic and onions, topped with our famous Spanish sauce. All Omelets are served with a choice of pancakes or rice or hash-browns or toast.
Located in the commercial heart of Honolulu The Original Pancake House serves sandwiches from 11AM To 2 PM for those who want Lunch. Ranging from $6.50 for Grilled Cheese to the $7.25 for several option including Pastrami on Rye and Tuna Royal, to $8.35 for a traditional Club House Sandwich, all available ala carte or served with soup or a salad and a dessert. One can also opt for local style plate either hamburger steak or Teriyaki Chicken or Beef for $7.95 plus rice, hot vegetables and dessert.
One can find a variety of beverages ranging from fruit juices to a variety of teas and naturally coffee as well as hot chocolate (great with those chocolate chip pancakes).
One cannot speak about The Original Pancake House without mentioning the décor, and no I am not being mean, just making an observation. Stepping through the doors is a step back in time to the mid or even early 1960s. Think Ethan Allen meets Sears. Dark wood neo-Colonial chairs & tables, lots of red brick, wagon wheel chandeliers, even the uniforms on the quick efficient wait-staff harkens to an earlier era.
Honolulu’s Original Pancake House is located deep inside the building that sits on the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard & Pensacola Street, 1221 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 103, their phone # is 808-596-8213, no reservations needed though it is usually bustling, but the staff will usually find you a table, as stated they are open from 6 in the AM and close at 2 PM Daily.