4th of July brunch ideas

Red, White and Blue Brunch

Enjoy a Red, White and Blue Brunch on the 4th!

It's almost time to combine two longtime American favorites — the 4th of July and a delicious brunch! Kick off the festivities by inviting friends and family to join you for a celebratory brunch. We've rounded up a few creative recipes to help you incorporate the red, white, and blue into your July 4th brunch favorites.

Summer berries are a natural for creating a colorful patriotic display. You can also show off your creativity through colorful parfaits, tasty blueberry muffins, festive pancakes, decorated waffles, and a whole range of other tasty treats.

Fabulous Fruity Decor

July 4th brunchThere are plenty of fruits arrayed with our national colors. Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, apples, bananas, blueberries, purple grapes, and blackberries are perfect choices to represent our flag. Here are some of our favorite fruit-filled 4th of July brunch ideas.

American Flag Cake

This is a moist vanilla cake studded with raspberries and blueberries. It's frosted with a light, delicious mascarpone whipped cream and topped with more raspberries and blueberries laid out in an edible stars and stripes pattern.

Fourth Of July Parfaits

Breakfast parfaitLayer vanilla yogurt with red and blue fruits for a healthy parfait to start your brunch. Try blueberries and raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, or blueberries and chopped cherries.

Looking for a decadent finish to your brunch or an après fireworks treat? Replace the yogurt with vanilla ice cream and add a dollop of whipped cream on top. Yum!

Independence Day Flag Waffles

Decorate your favorite waffles with blueberry 'stars' and raspberry and whipped cream 'stripes' for a perfectly patriotic brunch! The small berries nestle into the waffle crevices while the whipped cream skims across the surface.

Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Alternately layer banana slices, raspberries, and blueberries onto wooden skewers. Insert the skewers into a watermelon half for even more fruity fun! Tip: Dip the banana slices into fresh orange juice to prevent browning.

Red, White and Blueberry Pancake Stacks

Mini pancake stacks are layered with whipped cream, blueberries, and banana slices. Then they're topped with more whipped cream and garnished with a whole strawberry. Use about a tablespoon of batter for each pancake and don't forget to dip the banana slices to keep them from browning.

Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

Dip plump, ripe strawberries in white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with decorative blue sugar.

Yankee Doodle Berries

Slice just the bottom tip off of large strawberries so they stand up. Then remove the stem, fill the cavity with whipped cream, and garnish with a blueberry for perfectly delicious plate garnishes.

Non-Fruit Options

Don't 4th of July brunch ideaslimit yourself to just fruity 4th of July dishes. These delicious additions to the holiday menu give you a more diverse array of dishes to offer your guests.

4th of July Pinwheels

These festive and tasty patriotic sugar cookies look almost like fireworks with their vibrant swirls of color!

Star-Shaped Pigs in a Blanket

What a cute finger food! Children and adults alike will love these adorable savory treats made by wrapping hot dog slices between star-shaped layers of puff pastry dough.

Red, White, and Blue Soda

This deliciously refreshing sparkling drink turns purple as the red and blue Kool-Aid ice cubes slowly dissolve into the lemon-lime soda.

Any Day Is a Perfect Day for Brunch at OPH!

Use our handy Yelp waitlist to save your place in line, then check out our tasty brunch options. We have some colorful and fruity dishes of our own!

 


Breakfast parfait

Did Someone Say Parfait?

A parfait is delicious at any time of the year, but summer just seems to call out for a light, tantalizing breakfast parfait. Layer after layer of creamy yogurt, crunchy goodness, and summer fruit just bursting with juice... The best part about a homemade parfait is that you can make it as healthy (or decadent!) as you like.

Easy breakfast parfaits

These yogurt parfaits are as easy as it gets — your favorite yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit layered in a glass or cup. Start with a bottom layer of yogurt, add fruit, and top with the granola. Any additional toppings you choose to add just up the 'yum' factor.

Berry Parfait

Start with vanilla yogurt and add your favorite berries alone or in a combo (we especially like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries together). Top with granola and repeat the layers until your cup is almost full. Drizzle with a bit of honey if you prefer a little extra sweetness.

Halo Delight

This one starts with cubed Halo segments on the bottom. Top with granola, plain yogurt, and shredded coconut. Keep layering until the cup is full.

Strawberry, Banana, and Chia Seed

Mix chia seeds into banana yogurt and combine chopped strawberries and banana with the granola. Start with the yogurt/chia mix followed by the granola/fruit mix. Repeat until the cup is full and enjoy immediately.

Getting creative with parfaits

Who says parfaits are just for quick, healthy breakfasts? Some of these homemade parfaits are sweet enough to make them perfect for dessert! Try some of these exciting parfait recipes and then step out of your comfort zone and see how creative you can get with parfaits.

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bites

Instead of a heavy muffin, enjoy a breakfast on the go in the form of a frozen parfait bite. Just like that muffin, these delectable breakfast bites get their shape from a muffin pan. We suggest using silicone muffin liners to keep things neater.

Line your muffin pan and fill each cup with banana slices, Greek yogurt, and your favorite cereal. Top with fresh berries and freeze for at least two hours. Store any extras in a sealed airtight container in the freezer.

Peach and Pecan Brown Sugar Parfait

Peaches, pecans, and dark brown sugar are made for each other, so of course, they make a delicious Southern parfait!

Mix plain Greek yogurt with vanilla bean paste and honey to taste. Break a small handful of pecans into small chunks. Slice and then cube a fresh peach. Put a layer of peaches, pecans, and a sprinkling of dark brown sugar in the bottom of a cup or glass. Top with the yogurt and then finish with another layer of peaches, pecans, and dark brown sugar.

Chocolate Almond Butter Breakfast Parfaits

Breakfast, snack, or dessert... This delicious gluten-free parfait is delicious whenever you eat it!

Simply layer Greek yogurt and banana slices with almond butter, toasted old-fashioned oats, cocoa powder, and cocoa nibs. The slightly bitter cocoa nibs lend this simple parfait a sophisticated flavor that's perfect for dessert.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities for creativity when making fruit parfaits. Just remember the essential components — something creamy, something crunchy, and something deliciously fruity!

Visit OPH for your favorite sit-down breakfasts

At the Original Pancake House, we have all of your breakfast favorites on hand for those mornings when you want someone to fix you a delicious, sit-down breakfast. Save your space in line with our handy Yelp waitlist and come see us for breakfast!

 


Brunch Around the World

Brunch Around the World

The Wide World of Brunch Choices

The best part of world travel is all the local customs you get to experience along the way. Food is a big part of every culture and many travelers' favorite memories revolve around the foods they've experienced during their travels. Eating your way around the world sounds delicious, doesn't it?

Even a meal as 'classic' as brunch is unique in every country. The next time you're traveling, why not check out the different types of brunch you encounter and see what you think? You might find a new favorite!

Let's start with brunch right here in the United States and then work our way around the world heading in an easterly direction.

America: Brunch here usually consists of egg dishes like omelets or eggs Benedict, bacon or sausage, and pancakes. Plenty of Mimosas or Bloody Marys help ease the pain from the night before!

Kingston, Jamaica: Brunch in Kingston is as delightfully unique as the island itself. It's a hash or stew made from salt fish, cooked ackee fruit, and fiery Scotch bonnet peppers. It's usually accompanied by fried dumplings, boiled plantains, and breadfruit. Sometimes it's served with rice and peas, traditionally made with white rice and (despite the name!) kidney beans cooked in spicy seasoned coconut milk.

Jamaicans wash this fiery feast down with a refreshing, bright pink hibiscus ginger punch made by combining fruity hibiscus tea with ginger, agave syrup, and rum.

London, UK: A traditional 'full English' is a hearty meal, for sure! This fry-up usually consists of... wait for it... back bacon, bangers, fried sunny-side-up eggs, grilled fresh tomato halves, sautéed mushroom slices, fried bread, baked beans, and black pudding. Whew!

Back bacon is very similar to Canadian bacon, bangers are large sausage links, and black pudding is, um, blood sausage.

To do it right, the beans are usually eaten on top of the toast and the meal is served with British brown sauce. This monstrous meal is washed down with a few Buck's Fizzes, which consist of orange juice mixed with champagne.

Paris, France: Parisians' favorite brunch dish is Oeufs en Cocotte au Saumon Fumé. It's a small, savory casserole containing eggs, garlic, smoked salmon, and crème fraîche. Of course, torn chunks of baguette are an essential accompaniment!

The drink of choice is a Bloody Mary, popularly believed to have originated in Paris in the 1920s.

Hong Kong, China: Mmm, dim sum. These delicious steamed and fried dumplings are generally filled with seafood or pork and vegetables. If you're feeling adventurous, try chicken feet or 'phoenix claws' as they're known in China. They're one of many non-dumpling versions of the ever-popular dim sum.

The Hong Kong brunch drink of choice is yuan yang, a blend of Ceylon and Pu'er tea with evaporated milk. Enjoyed either hot or over ice, it's the perfect wake-up call after a long night.

Cancun, Mexico: A favorite brunch item in Cancun, huevos divorciados consists of two fried eggs topped with both red and green salsa. It's usually served with tortilla chips and sometimes a side of refried beans and cotija cheese.

Quench your thirst (but not the fire!) with a Michelada. This savory cocktail combines chilled Mexican beer, fresh lime juice, chilies, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco.

Brunch right here in Denver: Well, now that you've had a 'taste' of brunch around the world, what do you think? Which one would you like to try first? While you're making up your mind, stop in at the Original Pancake House and try our delicious brunch offerings!


Pancake World Records

Pancake World Records

The Original Pancake House: A Scrumptious Array of Pancake World Records

Pancakes are more than just a delicious breakfast staple. They're also fun! It's almost as easy to create pancake art with the batter as it is to make it. Maybe that's why this easy breakfast treat is so popular among people looking for creative ways to set a world record.

The world's largest pancake

Have you ever made a colossal pancake? You know, the kind of pancake that would probably lap over the edges of a turkey platter... If you could get it out of the pan! Sadly, it's pretty hard to produce the world's biggest pancake using an ordinary household griddle and flipper.

For those monster pancakes that can feed a town, pancake makers resort to specialized tools and pans. Like a 50' steel pan, a tanker to pour the batter, and a pair of giant cranes to flip it. Yep, that's what it took to make the monster that holds the Guinness world record for the largest pancake ever. This massive morsel was 49'3" across, an inch thick, weighed 3 tons, and took hours to cook!

The Co-operative Union Ltd organized this amazing engineering feat in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England on August 13, 1994. Once it was finally done, it was divided into 15,000 portions and sold off to benefit local charities.

Other pancake world records

Surprisingly, the 'world's largest' isn't the only pancake listed as a Guinness World Record. People have gotten really creative at figuring out ways to elevate this humble breakfast staple into world record stardom.

The largest serving of pancakes

JSC MAKFA (a Russian flour company) set this record on February 25th, 2017 to celebrate Russian pancake week. An astonishing 12,716 pancakes were made from batter prepared the evening before. It took 16 professional chefs nearly 8 hours to set this record!

Tallest Stack of PancakesThe tallest stack of pancakes

Chefs James Haywood and Dave Nicholls made and stacked 213 pancakes to create a tapering tower that reached 3' 4" high. They completed their pancake tower on February 8th, 2016 in Rufford, Newark, England. Hope they had a few gallons of syrup on hand!

The longest line of pancakes

Kenwood Ltd lined up 429' 3" of pancakes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to set this record on February 25th, 2020. They even signed their name (in pancakes, of course!)

The highest pancake toss

The highest pancake toss took place right here in the States at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, on November 13th, 2010. Dominic Cuzzacrea beat his previous record by 11'8" with a mighty toss of 31' 1".

The most tosses of a pancake in one minute

Australian Brad Jolly managed an astounding 140 tosses at Martin Place in Sydney on February 21st, 2012.

Most people tossing pancakes

The University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England organized this event that took place on February 15th, 2012. A total of 930 people participated but 40 of them were disqualified because they either dropped their pancake or didn't finish in time. That still leaves a respectable record of 890 pancake-tossing people.

Set your own record

You may not be quite ready for a world record, but you can certainly set a personal record for how many of our deliciously fluffy pancakes you can eat! Set it by the hour, day, week... We'll happily help you meet your goal when you visit the Original Pancake House.

Hint: Use our Yelp waitlist to save your spot. There's no use wasting valuable pancake-eating time waiting in line. Especially when you have a record to beat!

Cherry Hills Location

5900 S University Blvd D, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 795-0573

DTC Location

8000 E Belleview Ave F-10, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 224-0093

 


History of Crepes

The Fascinating History of Crepes

Ooh, tender, delicate, delicious crepes... Just the idea of eating these enticing morsels is enough to start your mouth watering! There are crepe options suitable for every meal but breakfast crepes are obviously the best.

We all know how delicious crepes are, but where did they come from originally?

The origin of crepes

The history of crepes dates back to 13th century Brittany, France. It seems a housewife there accidentally dribbled some thin porridge onto a hot, flat cooktop. Since people back then weren't inclined to waste even their smallest cooking mistakes, she ate it. The rest, as they say, is history. Of course, this might just be the French equivalent of an urban legend but it does make for a pretty good story.

Origin of CrepesAnother interesting story concerns hearty, earthy buckwheat crepes. This ancient grain was introduced to the Brittany area of northwestern France around the 12th century. Like the other story, thin buckwheat porridge spilled and became a thin, crispy crepe instead. What a delightful change in texture that must have been!

Traditionally, buckwheat crepes are served with savory fillings while the more delicately flavored wheat crepes are served with fruit and other sweet fillings. Want another interesting historical fact about crepes? Whenever milk was in short supply during the Middle Ages, intrepid crepe lovers used a mixture of wine and water as a substitute!

A crepe by any other name 

These delicate pancakes are known as 'crêpes' in France. Their name comes from Old French 'crespe' which traces back to the Latin 'crispa' or 'crispus' which means curled. This probably refers to their often slightly ruffled edges. A French café that specializes in crepes is known as a crêperie. In Brittany, they still prefer crepes made with local buckwheat flour and use the slightly derisive 'crêpes de froment' to refer to crepes made with white flour.

The day of the crepe

In France, that day translates to 'le jour des crêpes' and it occurs every February 2nd. Historically, this day was known as the Virgin Mary's Blessing Day or La Chandeleur ('the return of the light') and celebrated the coming return of spring. Now, it's best known as the day when everyone eats crepes!

In case you want to emulate the French, make sure you fold your crepes rather than rolling them like we do in America. Folding your crepes keeps the toppings inside where they belong. That's important since there are as many street corner crepe vendors in France as there are hot dog vendors in America!

Sweet, savory, or plain?

Lemon and sugar were the traditional simple filling used in sweet crepes. Now, you'll find them with an amazing array of fillings. Nut spreads, jams and preserves, berries, nuts, cream cheese, whipped cream, ice cream, salted caramel, and poached pears drizzled with dark chocolate are all popular fillings. At OPH, we particularly like fresh strawberries or sliced bananas with a warm pecan praline sauce. Yum!

History of CrepesThe traditional ham, egg, and cheese filling in savory crepes is still popular. However, now you'll also find asparagus, avocado, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, chicken, smoked salmon, steak, turkey, Swiss cheese, goat's cheese, and a variety of other vegetables, meats, and cheeses filling crepes.

Of course, a plate of paper-thin and elegantly simple plain crepes are also delicious in all of their not-so-humble glory. They are still crepes, after all! That's why we offer them for our customers who enjoy the simple goodness of perfectly prepared crepes.

The next time you're in the mood for breakfast crepes, head on over to The Original Pancake House. Use the Yelp waitlist to save your place in line so you can dig into our delicious crepes as soon as possible. Bon Appétit!

 


Pancake Fails

Pancake Fails

Cooking can be challenging, from getting the ingredients just right to using the right recipe to getting the temperature and timing correct. It’s not easy making sure every dish comes out the way it’s supposed to, especially when you have to flip something. Whether it’s burgers, omelets, or pancakes, the flip can be the hardest part. Are you good at flipping, or are you flips usually flops? When it comes to breakfast food, pancakes are always a hit, partly because there are so many ways to make them, with so many wonderful flavor combinations. The great thing about pancakes is that they are not only delicious, they’re also really easy to make … usually. Whether you’re making the batter from scratch (we admire your bravery!) or using a mix from a box, mistakes can still be made. Sometimes they don’t taste right, come out dense and flavorless, and sometimes the flip just doesn’t go down the way you picture it happening in your head.

We understand. We’ve been there, done that! But we’ve learned a few pro tips along the way and today we’re here to share our hard-won expertise with you, in the hopes that your next batch of flapjacks will have your family doing backflips. Here are some of the most common pancakes fails and how to avoid them. If nothing else, maybe seeing how dreadful some pancakes have turned out will give you hope and make you feel better about your own pancake fails.

Common pancake making mistakes:
Adding too many eggs/ forgetting the eggs. The recommended ratio when making pancakes is one egg for every one cup of flour. Add too many and your pancakes won’t come out right. Forget them altogether, and they definitely won’t come out right.

Overmixing. You may need some practice to discover how much mixing is enough and how much is too much. Too much mixing will overdevelop the gluten in the flour, and could definitely cause you some trouble as it will make the pancakes tough and chewy. Chewy is for bubblegum, not pancakes. It's best to leave some lumps in your batter to help it rise, but you don’t want huge clumps or leftover flour in the bottom of the bowl.

Here’s a pro tip for the perfect pancake: add some dry cereal (yes, we said cereal) or granola to the mix to help with the lump factor. The cereal will provide the right amount of texture to incorporate a little air into your batter and will absorb the moisture in the pancake batter until the two become one. Your family will never miss that ½ cup of frosted flakes! Don’t worry, there’s no extra charge for this pro tip.

Pushing down on the pancake. We cannot stress this enough – DO NOT PRESS THE PANCAKE DOWN IN THE PAN! Restrain yourself or you will regret it. Many people do this, but it is definitely a no-no in the rules of the pancake world. Yep, it’s right there on page one of the Perfect Pancake Making Manual. Violate this cardinal rule and the Pancake Police will come knocking at your door. Pressing the pancake will leave you with a dense, boring pancake as it presses all the air out, which is essential to ending up with a light, fluffy, edible pancake. You don’t want your family falling asleep over your pancakes, so avoid boring as much as possible

Pancakes Sticking to the pan and/ or Burning the pancakes. Burnt pancakes are No Bueno. Are all of your pancakes coming out burnt? Chill out (literally) and calm down on the heat. Turn your dial to medium/ high (350 for an electric griddle). Melt a good amount of butter (or you can use coconut oil for a wonderful flavor). Your pan needs to be moistened with some type of oil in order for your pancakes not to stick to the pan. Skipping this step will leave you very unhappy. Test for readiness with a teaspoon of batter; if it sizzles around the edges and starts to cook immediately, you’re golden to go ahead and pour enough batter for your first pancake.

Flipping too soon. You must remember to be patient on turning your pancakes. Wait for it…when you see bubbles start to form and slowly pop around the edges, you should be good to go with the famous pancake flip. Don’t be shy – the flip must be done with the confidence of a bullfighter facing the bull. He who hesitates is lost, and his pancake will be less than stellar. Ready, set, flip that flapjack!

Flapjack Fails Happen. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, pancake pandemonium happens. Pancakes stick, burn, come out gooey, ugly, tough, tasteless, or just plain disastrous. Anything is possible, even if you play by all the pancake rules. Achieving the perfect, fluffy, flavorful pancake may be more difficult than you think, especially if you are trying a new recipe or something creative, but don’t give up the ship (or in this case, the pan). It takes a certain skill to make a perfect pancake every time, but if you persevere in your quest for the perfect pancake, you and those you cook for will be rewarded with pancake perfection.

During this time of quarantine, due to COVID-19, our doors are shut so the pancake professionals sadly won’t be able to serve you. But this is a great time to practice your own pancake skills and become the master of the pancake. We also enjoy seeing some funny pancake fails so feel free to post your own photos of your abject flapjack failures on our Facebook page!


COVID-19 Public Response

We at The Original Pancake House in Cherry Hills and DTC feel a duty to enact a meaningful public response to the COVID-19 health threat. We are taking the following immediate actions to keep our restaurants as virus-free as possible.

We have always strictly followed all food safety and sanitation standards specified for Arapahoe County by the Tri-County Health department, which closely reflect Federal FDA standards.  Now we are redoubling sanitation by adding the following actions:

  • Each and every table, chair and booth is sanitized after each dining party, using a specialized anti-viral liquid sanitizing solution
  • Glass containers of salt, pepper and sugar are also sanitized after each dining party
  • Sugar substitute packets are provided upon request and unused packets disposed
  • We have removed our regular menus to eliminate repeat handling, and instead are providing single-use paper menus which will be disposed of after use or may be taken home
  • We have removed multi-use check presenters – your ticket will be placed directly on the table
  • Multi-use communal children’s toys have been removed
  • Complementary self-serve coffee while waiting on weekends has been removed
  • Our Community Table will be designated for one large party at a time
  • Guest bathrooms are sanitized every 30 minutes
  • We have reemphasized to all employees their standing orders not to report for work if they feel ill to any degree, and we now speak to every employee as they arrive to verify they are feeling well
  • We also perform a visual handwashing check of every employee as they start their shift, and we alert all employees to wash hands every 30 minutes throughout their shift, in addition to any regular washing their specific duties require

We have always practiced top notch sanitation and food safety procedures, and now we will perform these additional actions as long as government health departments declare COVID-19 a threat in our community.  We stay updated with information from the Tri-County Health Department, Colorado Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, CDC, and our local news.

We greatly value the trust we have earned from our community over the years and we are committed to this extra effort to help keep customers and employees healthy and safe.

Sincerely, Sara Hueneke Ernst, Owner


Pancake Taco

The Pancake Taco

What is the Pancake Taco?
Have you heard about the latest breakfast craze? Just when you thought all the breakfast dishes had been done, up pops something unique and new like this. The basic idea is that instead of a tortilla, you use a pancake for the shell and fill it with your favorite breakfast item or items, like bacon, eggs, and cheese.

What makes the Pancake Taco so great?
Everybody loves tacos, and for good reasons! There’s never a wrong time for tacos, and this breakfast version is great for an early morning meal or brunch. Kids LOVE them! Some say the pancake taco is fast becoming the next "avocado toast" when it comes to foodie trends. The great thing about this innovative approach to breakfast is that it’s easy, fast, and fun to make! You can even have pancake tacos for dinner. When it comes to versatility, the pancake taco has it. Filling options are endless, whether you choose to take the savory route or make something sweet.

Types of Pancake Tacos
Need a little help to get started on the road to discovering your favorite pancake taco recipe? Here are five great ideas to get you going:

1. American breakfast tacos (aka Pacos): Pancake shell with bacon, a fried egg, cheese, salt and pepper, and maple syrup.
2. Corn Pancake Breakfast Tacos: Corn Pancake shell with scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato, scallions, roasted corn, cheese, and a hot sauce of your choice.
3. Churros Breakfast Tacos: Pancakes buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, filled with whipped cream and strawberries.
4. Greek Yogurt Banana Pancake Tacos: Gluten-free pancakes for the shell, filled with Greek yogurt, bananas, and sprinkled with cinnamon.
5. Peanut Butter and Honey Pancake Tacos: Pancake tacos shells with peanut butter spread on the inside, topped with sliced bananas and drizzled with honey. You can also add shredded coconut and/ or chia seeds.

These are just some suggestions to get you going…let your imagination take the wheel and you never know where you’ll end up! For your next breakfast outing check out the Original Pancake House in Cherry Hills or the DTC in Colorado. Our menu gives you plenty of options to choose from so you're sure to find something you like. Save your spot in line by using our Yelp waitlist so you can be seated right away when you arrive! We look forward to seeing you soon!


Pancake Topping Ideas

Pancake Topping Ideas

Whether you choose to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they are always a tasty treat. For most of us, pancakes are served up warm, topped with butter and syrup, and although this is a popular and common choice, there are plenty of other pancake topping ideas out there to try. Leftover pancakes make a great snack, whether you eat them cold or heat them up and top them with something special.

Pancakes have been around for a long time, probably longer than you think. Did you know that pancakes were around back in the Stone Age? That’s right; cavemen ate pancakes! Researchers found pancakes in the stomach of Otzi the Iceman, dating back 5,300 years. Ancient Greeks and Romans enjoyed pancakes, too; theirs were made using wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk. Pancakes have endured as a favorite treat for thousands of years, and they don’t show signs of disappearing off our plates any time soon.

The best pancake toppings are the ones you love. If you love pancakes as much as we do, you know there are plenty of options to choose from. Chocolate lovers like putting Nutella, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup or chocolate fudge on top of their stack of flapjacks. Another favorite way to top off a steaming stack is with fresh whipped cream and colorful sprinkles -- a classic favorite with kids.

Have you ever tried putting a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream on top of your pancakes? Some people absolutely love their hot pancakes topped with a scoop of cold ice cream, topped with chocolate, butterscotch, or fudge…and maybe a few sprinkles, too. Other topping options for those with a sweet tooth include caramelized peaches and powdered sugar, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, or blackberry preserves with whipped cream.

If you’re not into chocolate or are looking for something a bit lighter for pancake toppings, there are plenty of options available. Fresh fruit and sliced nuts are popular, such as sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Other low-calorie possibilities are dried fruits like apricots, raisins, or cranberries, and coconut flakes. If you're looking for a savory option try adding homemade apple butter, peanut butter or another nut butter to the top of your pancakes, or plain yogurt with fruit on top. Lastly, crunchy toppings also make for a great topping; chop up some walnuts, almonds, or pecans and sprinkle these healthy toppings on your pancake goodness. There’s really no limit to what you put on top of your pancakes!

For an excursion into pancake heaven, drop by The Original Pancake House in Denver and experience all the pancake topping ideas we offer. Be sure to use the Yelp waitlist feature on your mobile device to save your place in line.

We look forward to your visit, and we promise you’ll enjoy the homemade goodness of our made from scratch food that has been winning the hearts of Denver residents for decades. Come on down today -- and bring a friend!


Ketchup on eggs debate

Is Putting Ketchup on your Eggs Normal?

The great eggs and ketchup debate has been raging for decades. If you grew up in a household where putting ketchup on your eggs was the norm, this is not a problem or question for you. However, for those of you who grew up never putting ketchup on your eggs, this combination probably seems insane. Many polls come close to splitting 50/50 on this issue, but there is usually a slight majority in favor of no ketchup on eggs. Let’s consider both sides of the debate.

Pro-Ketchup On Eggs

Those individuals who put ketchup on their eggs feel that the saltiness and sweetness of ketchup, along with its tomato-ey acidity, adds a complimentary flavor kick to the richness of eggs (usually scrambled). Ketchup is both sweet and savory, and some folks feel this makes for the perfect topping on their plate of eggs, kicking up the flavor intensity to just the right level. In one survey, 47% of diners preferred to top their eggs with cheese more than any other topping, while only one in four said putting ketchup on eggs was acceptable.

Anti-Ketchup On Eggs

To those who would never put ketchup on their eggs, the thought of doing so is hideous and grosses them out. Many people also find the combination of smells rather repellent. For these folks, putting ketchup on eggs wasn't something they grew up doing. Their reasoning includes the thought that putting something cold such as ketchup on warm eggs is not at all appetizing. Many of these people would combine hot sauce and eggs, however. The prevailing thinking among this group of diners is that ketchup is for French fries, hot dogs, or burgers, but never for eggs.

What We Think

At The Original Pancake House, we think you should have your eggs however you like them, and we offer a variety of toppings and sauces for you to put (or not) on your eggs. If you love salsa, we’ve got it. If hot sauce is your fave, you can have that too. And yes, we have lots of ketchup for those of you who love it on everything…even your scrambled eggs. We don't judge! We want you to enjoy any type of egg toppings your heart desires. Whether you want an omelet, scrambled eggs, or a fried egg, we have plenty of ways to prepare your eggs. You choose how you want your eggs and what you top them with. Come on into The Original Pancake House in Denver and use the Yelp waitlist feature to save your place in line. We look forward to your visit, and we promise you’ll enjoy the homemade goodness of our made from scratch food that’s been winning the hearts of Denver diners for years. Come on down and bring a friend!

 

Cherry Hills Location

5900 S University Blvd D, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 795-0573

DTC Location

8000 E Belleview Ave F-10, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 224-0093


Origin of Crepes

Most Popular Different Types of Crepes

Did you know that some of the most popular crepes are actually savory? You may have thought of crepes as a breakfast item, and they are, but these thin and delicate pancakes can be so much more than just breakfast. Although crepes are commonly eaten for breakfast, they can be filled with a variety of spreads, fruits, vegetables, meats, and other items sweet or savory, depending on your preference. When eaten for lunch or dinner, crepes are usually filled with added meats or vegetables. Here at the original pancake house, we have a great selection of breakfast crepes that our customers absolutely love. Check out our selection today by viewing our menu.

Some of the most popular crepes are those that include some type of fresh fruit or jam. Blueberries, strawberries, and cherries are often paired with chocolate spreads, cream cheese, and whipped cream. For a savory dish, crepes egg benedict is a delicious option. Other breakfast crepe choices include ham or bacon, egg, and cheese. Some like to add a hint of sweetness using honey or maple syrup. Although these crepes are technically classified as breakfast crepes, they are great for lunch, snacks, or any time of the day. At the Original Pancake House, we offer crepe lovers both sweet and savory choices such as:

  • French crepes - premium strawberry preserves, dusted with powdered sugar, and topped with homemade warm tropical syrup
  • Cherry Kijafa crepes - Montmorency cherries simmered in homemade Kijafa cherry wine sauce and dusted with powdered sugar
  • Continental Crepes - sour cream tempered with TripleSec
  • Banana Pecan Praline Crepes - sliced bananas, toasted pecans and warm praline sauce, decadently topped with more of the same and homemade fresh whipped cream.

If you’re looking for savory crepe choices for lunch or dinner, there are several great options. Some of the most popular crepes for dinner include:

  • Steak, Spinach, and Mushroom
  • Turkey and Pesto
  • Spinach and Cheese
  • Turkey, Mushroom, and Swiss
  • Tomatoes, Pesto, and Mozzarella
  • Spinach Artichoke, Chicken, and Cheese
  • Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, and Cheese

The possible options of savory crepes for dinner are virtually endless. If you are in the mood to try something different for lunch or dinner, savory crepes are the perfect option!

When you're in the mood for some delicious homemade crepes, stop by The Original Pancake House and enjoy a plate of sweet crepes for breakfast or lunch. Visit us soon at one of our two locations in the Denver area at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center, and experience the made-from-scratch goodness that makes breakfast at America’s finest pancake house a great idea any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you!


Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Low Calorie Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast wakes up your metabolism after a night of sleep and gives your body the fuel it needs to get going. If your body doesn’t get the necessary fuel it needs to ramp up for the day from your breakfast, you may struggle for energy and be more likely to overeat throughout the day. The kind of food you choose for breakfast will set the tone for your energy level that day. A blend of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber is a great way to give your body some healthy energy at breakfast to kick start the day. Carbohydrates will give your body immediate fuel, while protein will kick in a little later to help you keep going, and fiber keeps you feeling full and helps you avoid overeating. Choose whole-grain cereal and fruit, a breakfast smoothie made from healthy fresh fruit or vegetables and low-fat yogurt, or healthy fats and protein such as nuts and nut butters. Studies have shown that beginning the day with a sugar-loaded breakfast can sabotage your day, setting you up to crave sugary foods that can send your blood sugar on an unhealthy roller coaster ride. Read labels when you shop and avoid items that list any form of sugar in the first few ingredients or contain more than four total grams of sugar. Eating a healthy breakfast will support good overall health, lowering your risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity, and boosting memory and concentration.

Eating breakfast doesn’t have to mean eating heavy; a healthy breakfast can be low to moderate in calories and still give you the energy you need to start your day and stay satisfied until lunchtime. When preparing your healthy breakfast, include vitamins, healthy fats and nutrients such as dairy, whole grains, fruits and veggies. Eating a healthy low-calorie breakfast full of nutrients will keep your energy levels steady throughout the morning and lead to more healthy choices that can help with weight loss. A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take a lot of time either, especially if you put your breakfast together ahead of time. Some healthy breakfast ideas that your body will thank you for include:

  • Mini Breakfast Frittatas
  • Overnight Oats
  • Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl
  • Overnight Buckwheat and Almond Parfait
  • Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins
  • Hash brown Egg Nests with Avocado
  • Oatmeal Squares
  • Vanilla Chia Pudding
  • Stuffed Breakfast Peppers
  • Honey Nut Bars

Other healthy low-calorie breakfast choices include egg whites, wheat germ, bananas, berries, grapefruit, smoothies, Greek yogurt, green tea, and oatmeal. All of which can be taken on the go.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try some creative breakfast recipes that are slightly outside the typical breakfast “box” but still healthy, and definitely not boring! Here are a few ways you can get creative with your low-calorie meal:

  • Goat Cheese Omelet
  • Asparagus and Soft Eggs on Toast
  • Avocado toast with Radish
  • Yogurt parfait
  • Poached Eggs with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
  • Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is important to your overall health and wellbeing and can set you up for dietary success all day long. When you’re out and about and need a delicious, nutritious, low-calorie breakfast to start your day off right, stop by and try something from the lighter side of the menu at The Original Pancake House. With two locations in the Denver area at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center, you can enjoy the homemade goodness that makes breakfast at America’s finest pancake house a great idea any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you at our table!