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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Not Your Ordinary Breakfast

Bob Evans, Eat'n Park and Perkins all serve their purpose when it comes to delivering a dependable, good breakfast. But let's face it, sometimes their offerings can become, well, quite predictable.

Wanting to take my dear friend to a special place for her birthday, I remembered some wonderful reviews The Original Pancake House received over the past few years. Granted,I was taking a chance. But since the reviews were pretty impressive, I figured our experience would be, at the least, decent.

The small storefront on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere does no justice to what lies within. Colorful, eclectic surroundings provided a warm and inviting ambiance. Efficient staff members promptly greeted and seated us, despite growing crowds.

Enough that the place itself was refreshingly unique, let's talk about the food. Pancakes are created with the restaurant's own sourdough starter recipe which results in a light, fine texture. The server's recommendation of the popular pumpkin version was not misleading. I didn't even need my spinach, feta cheese and sun-dried tomato omelette. The three, healthy-sized pancakes would have been enough. But then again, I would have been deprived of yet another creative and different taste.

For juice lovers, they've got the real, fresh-squeezed stuff here (orange and grapefruit). The bubbly froth on top is a bonus.

So just in case you're a tad bored with the usual morning fare, try the Original Pancake House. Those tastebuds seeking something new and different for breakfast will be sure to thank you.

The Original Pancake House, 28700 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere. 216-292-7777

- Jean Bonchak


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