Serving Pancakes Since 1953

People all around the globe have enjoyed eating pancakes for centuries. In 1953, Les Highet and Erma Hueneke combined their extensive working knowledge of national and ethnic pancake recipes into a unique menu, thus founding The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon.

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The restaurant has grown to over 100 franchises from coast to coast, winning local and national acclaim. It was voted by James Beard as one of the nation’s “Ten Best” breakfast restaurants in the category of “American’s Regional Classic Award.”

Each distinctive location uses only the finest ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure whipping cream, the finest plump blueberries, fresh grade AA eggs, hard-wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Signature items include the apple pancake—a single, large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection—and the Dutch Baby, an oven-baked German pancake with powdered sugar.

In November 2007,

The Original Pancake House was opened in Chesterfield, Missouri. And in May of 2013, we opened our Ladue location. Inspired by the old-fashioned food and atmosphere, this location gives off a warm cabin feel in which guests enjoy their breakfast.

Every day, pancake batters are mixed by hand from scratch, sourdough yeast is grown in our own kitchen from a culture of potatoes, flour, and sugar, and our coffee is blended specifically for our restaurant. We welcome you to return often!

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FAQ's

We Offer:

  • Accommodations for 10 to 50 people. A delicious breakfast featuring fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, golden waffles, cinnamon French toast, scrambled eggs, thick hickory bacon, sausage, and more.
  • Available weekdays for private meetings.

We Provide:

  • A flat-screen TV and projector screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Privacy

Call and ask for a manager for more information.

Chesterfield (636) 536-4044.

Ladue (314) 932-1340.

We are happy to accommodate all guests; however, we are unable to accept reservations or call-ahead seating during peak periods, such as weekends. For parties of six or less, you can use get on our waiting list from this website, or through the Yelp app when you are on your way. For parties of seven or more, we suggest having one person arrive early to put the name of your party on the waitlist or dine at our first-come, first-serve breakfast counter for quicker service. (Our breakfast counter is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Often on weekdays, we can accommodate private parties. Sorry, but the private room is not available on weekends. Please call Chesterfield: (636) 536-4044 or Ladue: (314) 932-1340 for details.

We serve our regular breakfast menu throughout the day which includes a couple of delicious sandwiches perfect for lunch. Try our egg sandwich, our BLT or the Club - all served with crispy hashbrowns.

For our guests with gluten intolerance, we offer our gluten-friendly pancakes that are also dairy- and nut-free. You can also enjoy all of our meats and egg dishes.

In addition to the gluten-friendly pancakes, those with peanut allergies can also enjoy our French toast, crepes, and several other breakfast items.

We can also accommodate those with dairy, egg, soy, and other allergies. Please ask for a manager or feel free to call ahead when you have an allergic concern, as we have special menu information available for you.

We have children's items on our menu. Children 10 and under can enjoy several breakfast items with a reduced portion and price. They can also take advantage of short stacks of any of our delicious pancakes.

The oven-baked apple pancake does have a lengthy cooking time, but you don’t have to wait that long, and there is no need to pre-order this item. We are constantly baking this house specialty so it should always be available within 10–15 minutes of ordering. On rare occasions, a lot can be ordered at once, and therefore the approximate cooking time from scratch is 25–30 minutes.

The Original Pancake House is a franchise of the original, family-owned restaurant founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953. All of the OPH restaurants are individually owned and operated, each having their own unique style and menu to suit the needs of the guests in their region. The Walker Brothers have operated restaurants in the Chicago area for many years and have a loyal following. We are proud to be associated with them, as we are all a part of The Original Pancake House “family” of restaurants.

We are not open for dinner, as we prefer to ensure our quality of product and service by limiting our hours to the breakfast and lunch periods. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM; closed on Mondays.

Gift Cards—Yes…they are available in any denomination (minimum $10)

Coffee Mugs—Yes…our beautiful, one-of-a-kind mugs are from Deneen Pottery in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sell for $20.

Special Original Pancake House blend of Dubuque coffee—Yes…we sell pre-ground, 12-ounce bag for $12.

T-Shirts—Yes…we usually have stylish shirts available for $20.

Orange Juice—Yes…we offer our fresh-squeezed orange juice in 32-oz. containers for $12.95. This juice should be consumed within one or two days of purchase, as it is preservative-free.

Hot Food To Go—Yes…with the exception of our children’s items, all menu items are available for carryout. You can place your order right from our website and we'll bring it to you curbside.

We accept cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, and OPH gift cards issued from our location. Sorry, we do not accept checks.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to enrich our local community through gift-giving. If you would like to request a contribution to your charity, please drop off a written request a month in advance.