Original Pancake House
130 Park Pl, Kirkland WA
Price: Fair for the portion
I was sorting through my pictures from December, and I realized there was this one place which I still haven't blogged about: Original Pancake House. Since we caught a red eye flight from Orlando to Seattle, we stayed over at our friend's house. The next morning, we decided to grab brunch before heading back to Vancouver. Since egg is one of R's favorite food, our friend decided to bring us to eat the ultimate omelet.
Original Pancake House have a total of 3 locations. Since our friend lived in Redmond, the closest one was in Kirkland. We arrived at around 10:30 and the place is already filled with families enjoying breakfast. They also had a sign by the door that ask you to call ahead (at least one hour before you arrive) for seating on weekend and holidays, but it's not a reservation. They will add you to the wait list and only seat you if your whole party is present. Good thing, we went on a Tuesday and did not have to wait.
Our friend warned us the sizes of these omelets, thus we decided to order 2 omelets to share between the 4 of us. Our first one is the Ham and Cheese Omelet ($11.70). As expected, it was massive, since it was made with 5 eggs. It was generously filled with smoked ham and cheddar cheese. The egg was fluffy and soft, but a bit dry (I believe the omelets are baked).Each omelet meal also comes with a side of home fried potato (or toast) and 3 buttermilk pancakes. I loved their home fried potato, it was crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside with a nice balance of saltiness. Instead of just the buttermilk pancake, they also had a selection of other pancakes for $1.10 more (bacon, blueberry, banana etc.). We opt for their blueberry pancake, which was nice and fluffy with frozen blueberries mixed in. However it was certainly icing sugar overload. I would have preferred a light dusting or if I can dust it on myself.
Our 2nd one was the Spanish Omelet ($11.70), which was filled with mushroom and topped with marinara sauce. This 5 egg omelet is also fluffy and soft, but not dry, since it's drenched in marinara sauce. Because of the sauce, this tasted a lot like an egg pizza.
For our 2nd omelet, we decided to do a upgrade. You can substitute specialty pancake or waffle by deducting $1 off from the price of the item. Because you only get $1 off, therefore it's actually quite pricey to get one of these specialty item add on. I think the waffle was around $8 by itself, thus this combo was around $18.70. The waffle was good, light and airy. However I prefer mine a bit more crunchier on the exterior. The waffle came with a more toppings, other than the standard syrup and whipped butter, we were also given blueberry compote and orange marmalade sauce.
Overall, the food here is good. However personally I find it a bit egg over load. After that meal, I didn't eat any eggs for at least 3 days. Service here is good, they filled our coffee($2.51) often. The restaurant is quite big and very family friendly. Therefore I would recommend this place to anyone who loves a hearty filling breakfast, and would highly recommend this to any egg lovers out there.