In my quest for great food, I sometimes find great little restaurants in remote Arizona towns. But once in a while you will find a unique place right in the heart of Phoenix or the surrounding communities. This is the first chain breakfast restaurant ever featured in the Arizona Player. One thing that makes this place so unique is that The Original Pancake House in Scottsdale is the only one in the entire state of Arizona. You’ll find Original Pancake House all across the United States from the Pacific Northwest thru the Midwest to the East Coast where you will find multiple locations. This restaurant is very different, almost any day you’ll find owner Ron Horton sipping coffee and tasting a creation he made himself while chatting with some of his “regulars” at the small counter next to the kitchen.
I have known Ronnie for over 20 years and he is one on the nicest and most genuine people I have known. It is not unusual to see him walking from table to table, checking with customers to make sure the food and service meets their standards. The Original Pancake House, winner of the James Beard Award, opened their Scottsdale location in 1988. It has been voted one of the Top Ten Best Restaurants in Arizona, and owner Ron Horton, known as “the pancake man”, makes sure that commitment to quality and the attention to detail are on the menu each and every day. Here are some of my favorites, buy many of my friends including an old radio buddy of mine Lee, prefer the standard sausage and eggs with hash browns and pancakes. That’s just fine but he is really missing out on these “specialties of the house” The Apple Pancake A delicious concoction all of their own! “Often imitated but never duplicated” is perfect for this great creation. They start with a special batter, pour it over fresh sautéed apples and bake it halfway, and then glaze it with cinnamon sugar, flip it over and bake it again! What comes out of the oven in a delightfully bubbly dish brimming with apples and cinnamon – Their best seller! Dutch Baby THIS is my favorite! This recipe was derived from the kitchens of great German cooks, oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon and a dusting of powdered sugar.
When it is served piping hot, it is in the shape of a large bowl. You can enjoy this plain or (like I do) add sliced strawberries and their home made strawberry syrup – Delicious! A treat you will rave about to your friends, who may want to try a slice, and because it is a lot to eat, you feel like sharing a slice or two. 49’er Flap Jacks From the Mother Lode Country – Plate sized, chewy, and tender. This is unique to The Original Pancake House! No other restaurant makes this pancake; it is NOT a crepe, or a thick fluffy pancake, it is thin, chewy and slightly crisp on the edges. If you’ve never had a short stack (2) or full stack (3) you will find it a taste sensation.
Served with whipped butter and hot syrup Ron’s Special Southwest Eggs Scrambled with caramelized onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, seasoning plus cheddar cheese and served with four potato pancakes. Omelets Their unique omelets, including the mushroom omelet topped with homemade rich mushroom sherry sauce, are rolled in a skillet and then oven baked to give you a splendidly light, moist delicacy. Crepes These gourmet crepes include; the Cherry Kijafa Crepe, a blend of tart cherries and sweet Danish cherry wine. Mandarin Crepes – the Crepe Suzette of the Orient – Three delicate crepes rolled and topped with Mandarin orange segments tempered with Triple Sec.
Topped with hot tropical syrup and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. They also feature the finest fresh fruits of the season, fresh squeezed orange juice from orchards in the valley and the signature coffee is specially blended, roasted and ground for The Original Pancake House to complement your meal. The Original Pancake is located 6840 E Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale – within walking distance to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s. Stop in you will be delighted with the food and friendliness. Hours are seasonal, but usually 7am till 1 or 2pm.