Favorite Breakfasts: A great way to begin the day,
whether it's a healthful starter or indulgent treat
Joe Crea, The Plain Dealer | April 8, 2011

With so many local indies out there, why a chain? One word: excellence. Simple breakfast fare leaves little room for error, and I've yet to experience a clunker. Big servings of fluffy, flavorful pancakes, eggs that really are cooked to order, terrific bacon and good coffee add up to a meal worth waiting for.

Breakfast and brunch lovers flip over Original Pancake House
Barbara Collier, Sun News | December 8, 2010

The Original Pancake House in Woodmere is still as popular as it was when it opened six years ago. To wit, expect a wait on weekends.

For years it was the dream of Jane and Mike Frazin to open a place serving great breakfasts, and that they did when they settled on an Original Pancake House, a franchise with more than 100 locations across the country. The first one opened in Portland, Ore. in 1953. The menu features every possible combination of breakfast and brunch foods imaginable, including a dozen and half takes on the ordinary pancake.

The Frazins' are always on the job. Mike is usually in the kitchen, while Jane is the friendly hostess. And their hard work (and the great food) paid off. They opened a second location in Fairview Park.

If visiting for brunch, bring your appetite. Combos are perfectly cooked to order, and the coffee cup is never empty.

Salmon eggs Benedict is my favorite brunch choice here. Toasted English muffin halves are topped with thinly sliced smoked salmon, two eggs, and house-made Hollandaise sauce. Rich, seasoned home fries come on the side. Traditional eggs Benedict is also served.

You can't beat the corned beef hash and eggs. Freshly ground corned beef brisket is mixed with onion and potatoes, browned and served with two eggs, any style.

Omelets are six-eggers and huge, and all omelets and egg specialties come with three buttermilk pancakes. The vegetarian omelet is brimming with fresh spinach, mushroom slices, chopped onions, tomatoes and aged Cheddar cheese.

The Original Pancake House is also known for its great Belgian waffles, which are served golden brown with whipped butter and warm syrup. They are good, but only when they arrive hot allowing the butter to fill the deep crevices of the waffle.

I was delighted that the Frazins added several new savory entrees to the chalk board in the entryway. Seems that customers have fallen for them. One is a green chile omelet. The two-egg omelet, with spicy sausage, dried green chiles, pepper jack cheese, and green chile sauce is topped with fresh avocado, sour cream and salsa.

Huevos rancheros finds two eggs served with refried beans smothered with green chile sauce and topped with Cheddar cheese, avocado, salsa and sour cream. Flour tortillas are served on the side.

There are three lunch selections, too. The Monte Cristo is a dynamite sandwich. It is prepared beautifully and is a real bargain. French bread is filled with thin slices of ham and Cheddar cheese, then dipped in egg batter and browned gently on both sides. It's huge, delicious and served with terrific seasoned home fries with onion.

Early risers go for the old fashioned oatmeal and excellent house-made granola.

Fresh roasted coffee is from Crooked River Coffee Co. in Mayfield Village. The bottomless cup has just enough strength. There are also green, herbal or black hot tea and hot chocolate.

Maple Syrup