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Original Pancake House

David Kahn | Mar 21, 2004 02:37 PM

So I dragged the missus out of bed at 8 this morning (no small accomplishment, that) in order to head down to Anaheim to try this place. The drive wasn't bad at all -- took about 30 minutes. We got there at about 8:45 and were seated immediately, but by the time we left at around 9:45, there was what looked to be a substantial wait.

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal, but I've gotten kind of picky over the last couple of years. There just don't seem to be that many breakfast places that serve food I like better than my own cooking. The OPH, on the other hand, does a great job with dishes I've no idea how to prepare. I had the apple pancake, which was stunningly good. Hot, caramelized apples baked into a thick cinnamony pancake with a texture almost like hot bread pudding -- really good, and unlike anything I've had before. Mrs. K had the dutch baby (served with mix-your-own-Zitronenguss), which was also delicious. We shared a couple of scrambled eggs, which were fine, but the pancakes were really the thing here. We will absolutely return. (I wonder -- are the corncakes any good?)

Also, since Westminster is pretty close to Anaheim, and since I had to come downtown to work today, and given that there's really not much around downtown on weekends, we detoured by Top Baguette (thank you Professor Salt) on our way back. Sometime late this afternoon, when I eventually get hungry again, I have a meat ball and a chicken banh mi waiting for me -- in the mean time, they are filling my office with a truly wonderful smell. (By the way, how is it possible for two sandwiches to cost a grand total of $2.50?)

Ah, it's great to be a hound in LA!

Link: http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/

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