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Original Pancake House

33703 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009-0913
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Ranked #6 of 88 restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner, Family Fare
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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70 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Detroit, Michigan
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While you might have a while to wait for a table, the food is delicious and very well portioned. Great meal and beverage choices and the staff are always on hand even when it's busy for service and refills. You won't leave hungry that's for sure!

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The Original Pancake House is the BEST spot for breakfast or brunch. I generally order the veggie omelette with Smoked Gouda instead of Swiss. The blueberry pancakes and French toast is nothing short of amazing! Also, the bacon is phenomenal and the fresh squeezed Orange juice is positively yummy! You simply cannot go wrong! Be prepared to wait a minimum... More

Royal Oak, MI
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I come to this particular restaurant for 1 thing only: Chocolate chip pancakes! With house made whipped cream none the less! There are some other items on the menu as well that I do enjoy from time to time, such as the crepes with seasonal fruit or even the dutch baby. If you've never been, you're really missing out! Come... More

Birmingham, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant is famous for its fabulous breakfasts and lunches. There's always a wait unless you come after 4:00. arjudd doesn't understand its attraction - try excellent cooking, unusual menu items, wonderful specials, prompt service, and never being hurried even when the line is out into the parking lot. It is not, NOT, an International House of Pancakes franchise! The... More

Gladstone, Michigan
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

This one of must stops when I'm in lower Michigan. Always a line, unless you are really early. As should be obvious the pancakes are great and the service is prompt.

Richmond, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is metro Detroit's favorite breakfast place - every weekend the lines are out the building just to get a table. There's a reason: the food is great! They're known for their pancakes but everything is delicious and they have a great variety of breakfast food. Their fresh squeezed orange juice is the best. Don't be discouraged by the long... More

Birmingham, MI
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Every time I drive by on a weekend there is a crowd of potential diners cued up in the parking lot patiently waiting for the privilege to pay a lot for a franchise breakfast. There seems to be real status in eating there after braving the boredom and elements. There are better, cheaper and quicker places to eat. I don't... More

Birmingham, Michigan
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place is pretty good. Maybe a hair better than IHOP. But always lined up to get a seat. I can't say why. Parking is bad. Service if okay. It's pancakes! Nothing that special. Try another place that you can get into easier.

Mackinaw City, Michigan
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It's breakfast all the time at The Original Pancake House. The only time there is no line is after 6pm evert day. The Pecan Pancakes are my favorites. Out of town guests beg to go there and are disapointed if the line is too long. The food is served with pride,

Detroit, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We've heard about the food here but had never stopped. Outstanding breakfast foods and great service. The thick sliced bacon is to die for!

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