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Sometimes, you get a craving pancakes for breakfast, plain and simple.  If you're a regular reader of our breakfast adventures, you've probably noted that we always have either hash brown, or home style potatoes with breakfast, and we rarely, if ever, order pancakes.  Yet, variety is the spice of life, and even we occasionally like to break out of our mold.  Today, Friday, January 17, 2014, was a day to eat of the box, so to speak, as we held today's meeting The Original Pancake House, in Roseville.  I might add that we've been here three times prior to today's meeting.

Photo:   Such a beautiful Friday morning, January 17, 2014, to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Original Pancake House.

The Original Pancake House is not the sort of restaurant that we normally visit for a couple of reasons:

a) It's a chain of 90 restaurants coast-to-coast, and we normally avoid chain restaurants, as we prefer originality
b) Nary a potato, with the exception of a side order, WITHOUT EGGS, will be found on their menu, unless  you count the potato pancakes.

The decor of Original Pancake House, in a word, is beautiful.  The walls are paneled with real, knotty pine, which extends about two-thirds up the wall; above the waistcoat, the walls are covered with attractive pin-striped, pastel colored, wall paper.  Shelves are fastened to the top of the paneling, and plates decorate the shelves.  There is no breakfast counter. There are two large windows looking into the huge, ultra-clean and modern kitchen, where you can observe the activities of the kitchen personnel.  There are many window that extend from floor to ceiling, which allows the dining room to be mostly illuminated by natural lighting, which is sure to please the green team. The dining room is very well-lit, yet quite subdued. It's a very comfortable, and enjoying place to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Photo:  As usual on a mid-Friday morning, the restaurant is a busy place.  The dining room is spacious, attractive, comfortable, and mostly lighted, thanks to the natural light from the windows.  However, the sun doesn't "glare" at you, and the sun never gets in your eyes.  This restaurant is just great!

The Original Pancake House is open on weekdays from 6:30 to 2:30, and on weekends from 7:00 to 3:00, and they only serve breakfast, and that what their menu is about:  breakfast, and breakfast only.  Don't look for burgers, fries, salads, or anything that's not breakfast, as lunch isn't on the menu.  Another surprise, don't look for such breakfast favorites as biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, or hash brown potatoes, as Original Pancake House specializes in pancakes, as their name implies.  Their menu includes about 20 varieties of pancakes, waffles, omelets, crepes, egg specialty dishes, and healthy breakfast choices such as seasonal fresh fruit, various fresh-squeezed juices and cereal.  Most items on the menu feature a stack of three, tortilla-sized, buttermilk pancakes.  The menu features a two full pages of choices, and each selection seems to beckon... so where do you start?

If you like coffee, you've come to the right place, as The Original Pancake House serves some of the most delicious coffee that we've had the pleasure to enjoy.  Coffee is served in a formal, shallow, cup, complete with a one-finger handle,  on a saucer, which is something of a rarity in our breakfast meetings, and your coffee cup is bottomless, as it never seems to become less than half full. Marley made sure our coffee cups were always full, and for those of us who love cream, the little pots of cream always appeared.

Our orders arrived fresh, hot, cooked to order, with an attractive presentation.  The portions aren't enormous, but they seem to be "just right," and present a very good value.  You won't go away hungry, but unless you're a hungry linebacker, you won't go away stuffed, but you'll leave with a smile on your face, and you'll rave to your friends and family about the delicious breakfast you enjoyed.  Or maybe you'll post your experience on your web site...

Photo:  Our friendly server, Marley, who we've bet before during earlier visits, places my breakfast on the table. Naturally, I'm not seated, as I'm taking the photo.

Photo:  At $5.95, my breakfast is a bargain, as it includes unlimited cups of some of the best coffee I've had the pleasure to enjoy.  My breakfast is the "2+2+2," from the "Senior" menu, for those of us who are 55 or better.  OK, for the bargain price, you get two of the best pancakes in Roseville, two eggs, cooked any way you like 'em, and two pieces of bacon, or two links or sausage.  If you're a reader of this web site, you'll notice that I rarely, if ever, order pancakes, but I make the exception when we visit Original Pancake House, as their pancakes shatter all expectations, as they're just that good.

Photo:  Today's members of the Sacramento Breakfast Club, from left to right, Cynde Barlow, Sean McCloud, flashing his Carmichael gang sign, Teri McCloud, and your author, Eric Rench.  Thank you Marley for taking the excellent photo.

The Original Pancake House, is attractive, comfortable, and seems to have carved out a niche for itself with their menu full of different, creative, and interesting breakfast entrees.  We loved the service, the beautiful decor, our friendly waitress Marley, and most of all, the delicious food.  Since our first visit, back in 2012, this is our fourth visit... we love this restaurant!

The Original Pancake House
10000 Fairway Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
916 788-3040

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