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The Original Pancake House

I’m not a big fan of breakfast, but I definitely love omelettes. So even though we went to The Original Pancake House, I couldn’t resist ordering an omelette. And I didn’t regret it.

I ordered the Vegetarian Omelette and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The omelettes from The Original Pancake House are HUGE. The plates here are huge and the omelettes take up over half of the plate, not to mention the omelettes are nearly an inch tall. The Vegetarian Omelette consists of fluffy eggs, broccoli, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and lots of melted cheddar cheese. They were generous with the eggs, vegetables, and cheese for this omelette.

Look at that cheese flow! There’s no counting calories when you dine here. And although that looks like a piece of bacon hiding behind the cheese, it’s not. Don’t get all excited thinking I’ve succumbed to bacon, it’s just some tomato.

Not only was the omelette huge, but it also comes with three buttermilk pancakes on the side! They’re not silver dollar-sized either, they are full size pancakes (don’t be alarmed: this plate is smaller than the plate used for the omelettes). I’m telling you, it’s a really good idea to find someone to share the omelettes with at this place. I haven’t tried substituting the side of pancakes with any of their specialty pancakes, but I really didn’t need to because these pancakes are light, fluffy, and so delicious just as they are. Well, with a tad of butter and some syrup, they are pretty near perfect.

The next time we visited The Original Pancake House, I ordered a Dutch Baby. The description for the Dutch Baby really intrigued me, as I had never had one before. A Dutch Baby is an oven baked pancake topped with powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, and butter. What was presented to me was like no other pancake I’ve ever had. The single Dutch Baby filled the entire diameter of the plate (they use pretty big plates here), it was flat in the middle with crispy edges that crept upward, and it was soft and almost custard-like in the middle of the pancake. I wasn’t a huge fan of the lemon juice, so I preferred eating the Dutch Baby using just the butter and powdered sugar. The Dutch Baby is slightly thinner than a pancake, closely resembling a thick crepe in texture and height than a regular pancake. While more manageable for a single diner to eat, it didn’t impress me enough to order again. I mean, when there’s cheesy, vegetable-filled omelettes available, I’ll go for the omelettes.


The Original Pancake House

41377 Margarita Road

Suite F101

Temecula, CA 92591


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Posted by on November 6, 2011.

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6 Responses

  1. I’ve been to the one in Clairemont and it’s quite good! I like their pecan pancakes myself. The dutch baby is good, too, but I can’t eat it myself. Too much pancake!

    Have you been to Big Kitchen in South Park? I got an insane omelet there once, it was almost as big as my plate, but it was so, so tasty.

    by Mary on Nov 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

  2. Sometimes I really balk at the size of restaurant portions (Cheesecake Factory!), but even though The Original Pancake house has enormous portions, I still love it there! It’s so homey and comfortable to eat there.

    I haven’t heard of Big Kitchen, thanks for the tip! I also want to try The Broken Yolk, but not their challenge omelette.

    by Alyssa on Nov 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  3. We have an Original Pancake House here in Indianapolis. Their omelettes are truly as big as your head! We share a ham & cheese omelette between 3 people. BTW, your pancake has a smiley face on it. Did you pay extra for that?

    by Kim on Dec 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  4. Good to know there’s a hearty breakfast waiting for me if I visit Indianapolis! It’s unbelievable that with the omelettes being so wide and tall that they still give you three buttermilk pancakes to go with it! I didn’t notice the smiley face in the pancake, but I see it now. That’s pretty clever if they did it on purpose! Thanks for visiting, Kim!

    by Alyssa on Dec 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  5. Breakfast is my favorite meal and OPH is a great place if you can get there before the crowds. I usually always try the condiments given after I’ve tried a good part of a meal anywhere; it makes the ‘second half’ different than the first. The lemon (with butter and confectioners sugar) is very complimentary to the plain pancake.

    by Cathy on Jan 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  6. Trying the meal as presented first without condiments sounds like a really good plan of attack. You’re right, the Convoy location has always had a long wait when I’ve been there, but I’ve been to the Vista and Temecula locations without any wait at all.

    by Alyssa on Jan 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

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