Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies Baseball Breakfast

The Colorado Rockies are wrapping up Spring Training down in Scottsdale and are getting ready for their big season opener at Coors Field in just a couple of weeks. At the Original Pancake House, we’re getting excited for baseball season in Denver!  So that got us to thinking – what do baseball players like to eat?

Apr 1, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. At right is Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA Today Sports
Apr 1, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. At right is Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA Today Sports

Baseball is a bit different than other professional sports in its approach to health and nutrition.  Until very recently, baseball players were eating candy bars, hot dogs, and their fair share of beer after a game.  Just in the past few years, baseball players and their respective clubs have started to put a much greater focus on nutrition and healthy choices that one might expect for professional athletes.  Whereas a pre or post game spread used to consist of cheese and bologna sandwiches, fast food, and a few hot dogs, now the players are dining on salmon, veggies, and shrimp scampi.  Gone are the sweets and processed foods, gone are the days of ball park fare!

With a focus on health and well-balanced meals, baseball players are also making healthy choices for their other meals, including breakfast. Many baseball players sleep in and enjoy a big breakfast after a late night at the park.  But their breakfast is typically well-balanced with lean protein, fruits, veggies, and of course a few healthy carbs.

We’ve come up with a perfect breakfast for the professional (or little league!) baseball player.  This meal has a perfect balance of protein, fruit, veggies, and carbs to fuel any position from pitcher to left field.

Colorado Rockies Veggie Omelet Platter

  1. To start, make sure your eggs are whipped until they are light and even a bit frothy.  For a solid meal, we usually use three eggs. Choose a selection of your favorite veggies such as broccoli, peppers, onion, spinach, tomatoes – anything goes! Dice veggies.
  2. Warm your pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of butter or oil.
  3. Turn your pan down to low heat.  Add your eggs to the pan and sprinkle veggies and cheese if you like over the top.
  4. Once the eggs are in the pan, lightly stir the eggs and pulling them away from the sides to ensure evenly cooked eggs.  Cook covered on very low heat for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Once the omelet has finished cooking, fold in half or in thirds and ENJOY!

Serve Omelet with whole wheat toast or an English muffin and a side of fruit.


Of course if you are tired from extra innings in your game the previous night, the Original Pancake House would be happy to serve you an MLB-style breakfast in Denver.  We have a great selection of veggie omelets including our Mediterranean Omelet, our Denver Omelet, the Fresh Vegetarian Omelet, or the Florentine Omelet.  Best of luck to our Colorado Rockies in their upcoming season, and best of luck all our Denver little leaguers who dream of someday becoming one of the Rox!


Meet Karen Kinney!

You’ve probably seen Karen Kinney’s smiling face around the Original Pancake House each time you head out for breakfast at our Cherry Hills location. Karen was the Manager of our Denver Tech Center location for ten years before she transferred to Cherry Hills to become a General Manager this past October.  We thought you might like to get to know the lady behind the smile.  Read on to learn a bit more about our wonderful General Manager, Karen Kinney!



Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are from.

A: My name is Karen Kinney, and I am from Canada. I was born in a small town in Alberta called Medicine Hat, and raised in British Columbia in a place called Invermere, just outside of the Banff National Park. I met my husband Troy skiing in Kimberley B.C. and moved to Spokane Wash. where we lived until moving to St. Louis Mo. for 2 years, and Clovis Ca. for 8 months, before settling down in Highlands Ranch where we have raised our 2 children.


Q: How long have you been with the Original Pancake House?

A: I started as a server for the Original Pancake House Denver Tech Center when my daughter was 4yrs old, and she is now 16 and works as a Host for our Cherry Hills location. Our son also worked for me at the DTC location as a Host while he was in High School. I became a Manager at DTC the same year I started working there and have been with the Franchise for 12 years now. I was promoted in September of last year and given the position of General Manager for the Cherry Hills location.


Q: What is your favorite part about working at OPH?

A: My favorite part of working for the Pancake House is the people! I love the staff and guests as they have become my family since my real family is in Canada still. They make me laugh, cry and smile with all of their stories, jokes and antics.


Q: What is your favorite menu item?

A: My favorite menu item is always changing; I eat something different every day! But interestingly enough before I started working here I did not like to eat eggs. Now I will crave a simple side of scrambled eggs almost every day.


Q: If you could have breakfast with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you eat?

A: It I could have breakfast with anyone I suppose I would choose Lady Diana. She was such an amazing and poised person that had so much to offer in the short time she was with us. With her I would love to show off our delicate Dutch Baby and that would be my breakfast choice, along with a side of our infamous bacon, and hot tea of course!


Thank you Karen for sharing a little bit about yourself!  The next time you are out for breakfast in Denver, be sure to say “hi” to Karen, she will always treat you as family.


Celebrate National Oatmeal Month!

Did you know?  January is National Oatmeal Month!  What a perfect time to celebrate the simplest, healthiest, and one of the most comforting breakfast foods.  We’ve researched a few fun facts about oatmeal, and even have a great oatmeal recipe idea for you.  Read on below!

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  1. There are three types of oats that can be used to create oatmeal. Steel-cut oats still contain the whole grain and oat bran and are processed through steel cutters which slice them into pieces.  Rolled oats are de-hulled, steamed and flattened.  Rolled oats are often referred to as “old fashioned oats.”  Finally, instant oats are similar to rolled oats except that they are steamed longer and are fully cooked before they are dried.


  1. In general, the less processed your oats, the more fiber they will contain. For optimum health benefits, go with the steel-cut oats.


  1. Ancient Germanic tribes around 1,000 BC were the first to cultivate and eat oats.


  1. Oats were first brought to the United States by European settlers in the early 1600’s. Immigrants used the oats in porridge, pudding, and baked goods, much the same way we do today.


Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

If you want to create the healthiest oatmeal with steel cut oats, but don’t have the extra time in the morning, try using a slow cooker!  Follow the instructions for water and oats ratio and combine in a slow cooker.  Add in raisins, fruit, or any other toppings of your choice.  Set the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours and in the morning you have piping hot oatmeal, ready to go!


And of course, we’ll be happy to share our Old Fashioned Oatmeal with you the next time you are out for breakfast in Denver.  Our version is served with warm skim milk, brown sugar, and raisins.  You can’t beat it on a cold January day!  Happy National Oatmeal Month!


Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker

We’re nuts about the holidays!  Some of our favorite holiday traditions include enjoying the beautiful music from The Nutcracker Ballet.  While listening to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, we decided to do a bit of research on Nutcrackers.  Here are a few fun facts:

  1. Nutcrackers originated in the Erzgebirge region of Germany, which is a mountainous region with many hqdefaultmining communities
  2. Miners in the area created these wooden crafts as a way of supplementing their income. Nutcrackers are often sold in the Christmas markets around Germany and are often given to children as Christmas presents.
  3. German legend says that a nutcracker in a home will bring good luck to all that live there, and also to the home itself.
  4. The largest collection of German Nutcrackersin the world has 4,334 of them in one place. This is a nutcracker museum and is owned by the Loschner Family in the town of Neuhausen, Germany.

Cool!  Of course all this research makes us a bit hungry for nuts!  To satisfy your next nut craving, be sure to stop by The Original Pancake House when you are out for breakfast in Denver this holiday season.  Our Pecan Belgian Waffle or our Cinnamon Almond French Toast will fulfill your nuttiest dreams!

Happy Holidays!

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Fireside Chat with Melodie Polidori of Polidori Sausage

We love our Polidori Sausage links any time of year, but one of our favorite holiday special menu items is the Polidori Sausage holiday links!  As the holiday links recently made their annual debut on our holiday special menu, we thought it might be fun to sit down with Melodie Polidori and learn a bit more about sausage!

Q:  Polidori has a long history in Denver, can you tell us a bit about how Polidori Sausage began?

Polidori Sausage just celebrated its 90th year in business.  It all began back in August of 1925 when my great grandmother Ana Polidori and her husband Rocco bought a grocery store in North Denver. My grandmother was the butcher at the store while my grandfather ran the grocery part of the store.  When my grandmother was not busy cutting pork chops and steaks for customers she would cook up her family heirloom Italian sausage for customers to sample.  The aroma of the sausage made customers curious how to get Polidori Sausage.  She would sell the sausages from the butcher case.  90 years later we still make her family Italian sausage recipe the same as she did back in 1925.ourCompany_2


Q:      What are some of the Polidori Family favorite holiday traditions?

Food---Having stuffed shells with Polidori sausage at my grandparents’ house for Christmas and eating turkey with a to die for stuffing with Polidori Stuffing!!  Another favorite tradition was making Pizzel’s with my grandmother!!!


Q:      Can you tell us what special ingredients make your holiday links so delicious? Or is it a family secret?

It starts with the finest cuts of pork and fresh spices.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are two special ingredients as well as fresh currant berries!


Q:      What is your favorite breakfast meal?

A breakfast soufflé with Polidori Sausage.


Q:      Other than at OPH, where can people find Polidori Sausage in Denver if they need to feed their sausage fix at home?  Do you make other types of sausage in addition to breakfast links?

Polidori Sausage can be found at King Soopers, Safeway, Albertson’s, Spinelli’s Market and Max Market.  We do make maple sausage links as well commonly used at breakfast restaurants.


Thanks Melodie!  The next time you join us for breakfast in Denver, definitely try the special holiday sausage links!  You won’t be disappointed. Have a wonderful holiday season!


What Does Brock Osweiler Eat for Breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you are Brock Osweiler and you’ve just been named the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos while Peyton Manning recovers from a few mid-season injuries.  So what does Denver’s second quarterback eat to start his day?  We were curious and did a bit of research on the subject. NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

As with most athletes, Brock Osweiler needs to eat a mix of lean proteins, carbs, and of course fruits and veggies.  After a bit of research we found, with no surprise, that Brock loves eggs in the morning.  Omelets, fried eggs, and eggs benedict all fit into the athlete’s morning meal.  He typically adds a side of fruit and light carbs such as home fries to round out his plate.  It sounds like Brock needs to come into the Original Pancake House if he’d like breakfast out in Denver!  We have over twenty egg dishes to choose from and would be excited and honored to fuel one of our favorite athletes before a big game.

In addition to enjoying eggs for breakfast, Brock usually fuels up with a healthy meal a few hours before each game.  From your friends at the Original Pancake House, good luck this weekend in Chicago, Brock!  And don’t forget to eat a big breakfast before you take on the Bears!


Spooktacular Healthy Breakfast Treats!

It’s the time of year when ghosts and goblins pop up everywhere, pumpkins abound, and everyone is excited for Halloween! To get in the mood, we like to make all sorts of fun Halloween breakfasts treats at home.  Here are a few healthy ideas to add a little BOO to your breakfast!


Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

  • 1 can (11 ounce) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (20 ounce) pineapple chunks
  • 2 6-ounce containers of low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • candy corn pieces - for garnish

This is a fun and festive breakfast idea for the fall season - especially around Halloween. It’s ultra-fast to prepare and a healthy way to start the day. Fresh fruit could definitely be used in place of the canned fruit. Depending on the size of your glasses, this recipe makes 2 to 4 parfaits. Layer 1/3 of each glass with pineapple pieces, followed by an equal layer of mandarin oranges. Top each serving with a generous dollop of vanilla yogurt and a decorative piece of candy corn.

Terrifying Toast:

Trim a slice of toast to resemble a hand, foot or finger and then dollop strawberry or raspberry jam so it looks severed and bleeding. You can do the same thing with waffles and pancakes. For a quick, edible ghost, rip a small hole in a piece of toast to act as a mouth and then use chocolate chips or berries to make eyes.

Apple Monster Mouth!

These apple treats make a great Halloween-themed breakfast or snack – and they are healthy!  To prepare, cut applean apple into quarters and then take a slice out of each quarter.  Next, poke in almond slivers for the teeth.  Alternatively you can spread peanut butter in the inside of the “mouth” and use marshmallows as the teeth.

Every year at The Original Pancake House we like to dress up for the holiday, so if you join us for breakfast in Denver on the 31st, don’t forget to wear your costume!  Have a safe and happy Halloween, Denver!


FALLing In Love With Apples

When golden fall leaves start to pop against bright blue skies, we know fall has arrived in Colorado.  And when we think of fall at The Original Pancake House, we think of apples!  Apples signify the beginning of harvest season and bring a delightful range of flavors to any fall meal.  Our favorite fall breakfast in Denver is our Apple Pancake with oven baked fresh Granny Smith apples and pure Sinkiang cinnamon glaze.  Read on to learn how to bring the flavors of fall to your breakfast table with this recipe for Apple Pancakes.158

Apple Pancakes

2 eggs, well beaten
1 ½  cups of milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
3 medium apples, peeled and coarsely grated

½ teaspoon cinnamon
Vegetable oil, for frying
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


  1. Mix the eggs with the milk in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar together.
  3. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients and stir in the apples and whatever other flavorings you see fit.
  4. Heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet over low to medium heat. Drop large spoonful of batter into the pan and cook until golden brown underneath. Flip the pancakes and cook them for an additional two or three minutes.
  5. Either dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately, or keep on a tray in a warmed oven until you are ready to serve them.

From our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy this season of sweater weather!  Bon Appetit!


Pardon Our Dust




Dear OPH Customers,

Our Cherry Hills location at University Boulevard and Orchard Road will temporarily close Monday, September 14 for our landlord to complete necessary repairs.  We apologize for the inconvenience!  We expect to reopen Saturday, October 3.  In the meantime, please visit our Denver Tech Center location where the griddle is on and the pancakes are hot!  You can find us in the Denver Tech Center at 8000 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.


Check our Facebook page @OPHDenver or our website for updates on our Cherry Hills location. Please visit us in the Tech Center to fulfill your breakfast cravings during our brief construction project at Cherry Hills. We hope to see you soon!

Cherry Hills will remain open through Sunday, September 13. This closure does not affect the DTC location on Belleview Avenue in the Tech Center, only Cherry Hills will be closed temporarily.

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Make it at home: Bacon Pancakes!

Bacon and pancakes are two of the most popular items people order when they go out to breakfast in Denver. gluten-free-maple-bacon-pancakes-1What could be more delectable than a stack of warm pancakes and a side of bacon?  The answer: Bacon Pancakes!  We receive many requests for our Bacon Pancake recipe at The Original Pancake House.  Read on to learn how to make this decadent breakfast treat at home.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 slices bacon
  • Pure maple syrup, (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, and egg. Whisk flour mixture into buttermilk mixture just until moistened, with small to medium lumps remaining.
  2. In a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet or on a griddle, cook bacon over medium-high until fat is rendered and bacon is browned on one side, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip and cook until golden and crisp on underside, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels; pour off all but 1 teaspoon fat from skillet (reserve for another use). Finely chop bacon into small bits and mix into existing batter.
  3. Heat skillet over medium. Pour 1/4-cupfuls batter into skillet. Cook until some bubbles appear on top of pancakes and a few have burst, about 2 minutes. With a spatula, carefully flip pancakes and cook until browned on underside, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter and loosely tent with foil. Keep pancakes warm in oven and repeat with remaining batter, adding more bacon fat if needed. Serve with pure maple syrup if desired.

From our kitchen to yours, bon appetit!

We’re nutty about Pecans!

At The Original Pancake House we go nuts for pecans!  We love them in our Banana Praline Crepes, we enjoy the crunch they add to our Pecan Belgian Waffle, we can’t get enough of their toasty goodness in our Georgia Pecan Pancakes, and they certainly add a special something to our Banana Praline French Toast.  YUM!  To celebrate this special nut, we’ve collected a few fun facts about pecans.56

Did you know?

  1. The name “pecan” is a Native American word that was used to describe nuts requiring a stone to crack. There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.
  2. The pecan capital of the world is Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees.
  3. Pecan trees are native to North America and over 80% of the world’s pecan crop comes from the United States. Some of the larger pecan shellers process 150,000 pounds of pecans each day. That’s enough to make 300,000 pecan pies!
  4. Pecan trees only produce nuts every two years. Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra-large, large, medium, small and midget.
  5. The pecan pie was created by French people who had settled in New Orleans.
  6. The pecan is heart healthy and contains antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals and healthy fat. Pecans are also high in zinc and provide 10% of daily recommended value per serving.
  7. In 1995, Georgia pecan wood was selected by the Atlanta Committee to make the handles of the torches for the 1996 Olympic Games. The torches were carried in the 15,000-mile U.S.A. relay and in the lighting of the Olympic flame in Atlanta on July 19, 1996.
  8. About 78 pecans are used in the average pecan pie.
  9. Pecan trees can live to be over 200 years old. The largest and oldest trees can have a trunk that is three feet in diameter and can be over 150 feet tall.
  10. One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake.

All of these fun facts are making us hungry; time to get cracking on our next batch of Georgia Pecan Pancakes.  Next time you are out for breakfast in Denver, come join us and try one of our delicious pecan breakfast dishes!



DIY: Homemade Granola

In the heat of summer, one of our favorite breakfast items is our homemade granola with milk or our Fiesta Bowl which includes granola with fresh fruit and yogurt.  Granola makes a nice light breakfast when you are short on time or looking for a healthy start to the day.  Here is one of our favorite homemade granola recipes.  It is a great item to have on hand in the pantry when you don’t have time to join us at The Original Pancake House for breakfast out in Denver!

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4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
¾ cup vegetable oil
½  cup good honey
1 ½  cups small diced dried apricots
1 cup small diced dried figs
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a large cookie sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, figs, cherries, cranberries, and cashews. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.


We like to get the kids involved when we make this recipe; everyone enjoys stirring the granola and licking sweet and sticky oats off their fingers!  From all your friends at The Original Pancake House, have a wonderful summer!