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Breakfast at the Original Pancake House (Anaheim)

David Kahn | Sep 5, 200403:40 PM

Made the trek down to the Original Pancake House (hereinafter, "OPH") at 1418 E. Lincoln Ave., (714) 535-9815, for breakfast this morning. This place is truly a gem, probably the best reasonably priced breakfast joints within 50 miles of Los Angeles. (If only they'd open a branch in Los Angeles proper.) Got there at 8:45, and had to wait around 5 minutes to be seated. By the time we left at around ten, there was a substantial line.

The Missus, who eats like a bird, had decided to order their astonishingly good apple pancake, and as a result, I was free to venture off the beaten path, secure in the knowledge that I'd get at least a third of her pancake. I decided to go for the protein/cholesterol binge by ordering the kosher corn beef hash, which comes with two eggs and three small pancakes. This was, without exaggeration, the best corn beef hash I've had in ages. Piping hot and perfectly seasoned, crispy on the edges, with nice discernable chunks of beef, potato and onion. The eggs (played it safe with scrambled, but will do over easy next time) were also very good, especially with a bit of hot sauce, and the pancakes, of course, were excellent. We went with a friend, who gave me a taste of his bacon waffle -- sounds odd, I know, but it was really good. Crispy, chewy, sweet, smoky and salty in each and every bit. As expected, I was called upon to save my wife from the embarrassment of leaving the majority of her apple pancake on the plate. This dish is so good, that I think if I only went to the OPH alone, I would never be able to order anything else. Hot caramelized apples with not too much cinnamon baked into a thick pancake, soft and moist like a good bread pudding, yet crisp on the bottom and edges. Extraordinary, really. Plus, an endless supply of good old fashion American coffee, juice, etc. All in all, it's hard to imagine a better, more comforting or satisfying Sunday morning breakfast. Like I said, a gem of a place.

Extra added bonus -- Top Baguette (9062 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, (714) 379-7726) is more or less on the way back, so it's easy to pick up a meatball banh mi for when I get hungry again (sometime around 5 p.m. tonight). Ah, life is good!

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