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Original Pancake House

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106 S Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4229
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Our old standby

One of our favorite breakfast places. We probably go around once a month. Everything I have ever tried here is great. It is a cozy restaurant with a large menu. Only open for breakfast and lunch and the line can get long, so be prepared to wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Cassandra C
Glenview, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a Sunday morning, bought a groupon as usual... Made you feel at home, food was GREAT(try a skillet they're huge) the service was very good, and the prices can't be beat... Must Try you'll be back...

Thank fatherof600
Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Making breakfast doesn’t require a celebrity chef, so why did simple breakfast orders turn out so unsatisfying? That was a question I had to ask myself after leaving the Original Pancake House in Park Ridge. Let me begin by saying the place was packed, so they must be doing something right. We were greeted at the front door by a... More 

Thank WritersChoice
Glenview, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

One of our favorite breakfast places. We probably go around once a month. Everything I have ever tried here is great. It is a cozy restaurant with a large menu. Only open for breakfast and lunch and the line can get long, so be prepared to wait.

Thank Cassandra C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Worse place ever to eat and to be serviced. The least some waitress should do is welcome you in and greet you with their name and give you some time to look at the menu. At this place neither of the minimum was offered; 4 different weird waitresses kept bugging us with "are u ready to order?" The orange juice... More 

2 Thank Moe S
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The location is kind of run down, but nevertheless, this is our family's go-to breakfast spot in Park Ridge. Their is often a wait for tables, and even more likely there will be a wait for food. The food is decent (it's a pancake house, what do you expect?). No real complaints, but nothing to rave about either.

Thank Chris O
Park Ridge IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I normally think of the original Pancake House as a breakfast spot. I recently met with a friend for lunch. What a Great Lunch..two new items caught my eye. One was Ursula's Sauerkraut served with sausages and potatoes. The other was Ursula's Sauerkraut served with southern potatoes, like browned American fried potatoes with onions and a large slice of ham... More 

1 Thank Pianopilot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The food was great, the services was fast and friendly and the manager even came to speak with us. (I had a coupon that he had never heard of) Very funny, friendly guy. Busy place and I can see why.

Thank melissamae423
Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I have Mixed emotions on this. This may sound crabby. But it is actually a sad story of what looks like it used to be a nice place. I don't mind old and worn to some degree, as it can add to the charm of some places. But I do mind mis-managed, and dirty. Actually that is not correct as... More 

Thank ctpony
chicago, illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I have forgotten just exactly when, but I think it has been at least ten years since I discovered this place. The variety of the menu -including favorites that I often couldn't find at other breakfast cafés and pancake restaurants- the quality of its food, and the generous portions were an attraction from the start. Over the years, I continued... More 

Thank sand-da-man
Park Ridge, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

There's a difference between classic and dated. This place is dated. The menu is tired and unimaginative. The furnishings are worn and tired. The menu is out of the 1960s. And I don't mean that as a compliment. If you have a nostalgie craving for mediocrity, by all means go here. Otherwise, there's a much better place for breakfast up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 106 S Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4229
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Park Ridge
  • Phone Number: 847-696-1381

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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