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Celebrate Fall with APPLES!

Tis the season for apples!  One of our favorite fruits at The Original Pancake House Denver, apples are harvested every year from

Apple Pancakelate August through early October.  We love apples so much we feature them in several of our breakfast dishes – the Apple Belgian Waffle, our Potato Pancakes with sour cream and cinnamon apple sauce, and of course the incredible Apple Pancake!  To celebrate the apple harvest, we wanted to share a few fun facts about this quintessential American fruit.

  1. More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but worldwide there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples.  The crabapple is the only variety native to the U.S.
  2. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.  The study of apples is known as pomology.
  3. The pilgrims planted the first apple orchards at the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In colonial times, apples were called “winter banana” or “melt-in-the-mouth.” Today apples are grown in all 50 states.
  4. The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. Apples account for 50%of international deciduous fruit tree production. Worldwide, more than 44 million metric tons of apples are harvested each year.
  5. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.  Each fruit requires energy from 50 leaves to grow and ripen.
  6. Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
  7. Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.  Apples come in all shades of yellow, green and red.
  8. Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.  A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
  9. Apples are a member of the rose family.
  10. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider and about 2 pounds of apples to fill one apple pie.

And, because we all know “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” here is a great breakfast recipe featuring the mighty apple!


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Hearty, healthy breakfast muffins


  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups carrots, grated
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup raw apple, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in another bowl.
  4. Add the flour mixture to liquid ingredients, and stir until moistened. Gently fold in remaining ingredients. Pour into well-greased muffin tins, about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, until light golden on the edges and tops.

And for days when you have plenty of time and want to treat yourself to the best breakfast in Denver, be sure to stop by either our Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center restaurants and enjoy one of our famous Apple Pancakes!

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Fluffy Foamy Omelette Recipe

At The Original Pancake Denver, we take our breakfast recipes very seriously.  One of our favorite breakfast menu items is the omelette.  Light and fluffy, filled with a favorite topping, omelettes are always a crowd pleaser!  There are many methods to omelette making, and most home chefs have a favorite technique.

The Original Pancake House Omelette Recipe

Here are a few tips for creating the perfect fluffy, foamy omelette at home.

1. To start, make sure your eggs are whipped until they are light and even a bit frothy.  Some chefs recommend adding one tablespoon of

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water to make sure the egg mixture is extra light.  For a solid meal, we usually use three eggs.

2. Choose the appropriate sized pan.  A 7-8” non-stick frying pan is perfect for a three-egg omelette.

3. Warm your pan over medium heat.  Add fat to the pan to ensure your omelette never sticks.  This step is very important; if you skimp on the fat you will create an omelette disaster!  Butter, oil, bacon fat or a combination of any of these three will work.  In general, you want to use at least a tablespoon to ensure your omelette does not stick.  Tilt your pan in all directions to make sure the fat evenly coats the pan.

4. Turn your pan down to low heat.  All omelette connoisseurs agree that the best omelettes are cooked low and slow!  No one enjoys brown or burned eggs.  Add your eggs to the pan and sprinkle your favorite toppings over the top.

5. This next step is one of great debate.  Once the eggs are in the pan, some chefs recommend lightly stirring the eggs and pulling them away from the sides to ensure evenly cooked eggs.  Others recommend you do not touch the eggs once they are in the pan; instead place a lid over top and let the omelette cook covered on very low heat for 5-8 minutes.  We recommend experimenting with both to see which works best for you.

6. Once the omelette has finished cooking, fold in half or in thirds and ENJOY!


Though we can’t share all of our omelette trade secrets, we encourage you to find and perfect your favorite technique.  This breakfast (or lunch!) dish is certainly an art and patience will garner great rewards!

Peanut Butter Toast

Quick and Easy Back-to-School Breakfast Recipes

Peanut Butter Toast + Fresh FruitWith August underway, gone are the mornings of leisurely breakfasts we all enjoyed over summer vacation.  But even with the hustle and bustle of fall schedules, it is still important to start the day off with a nutritious and filling meal!  Here are few quick and easy breakfast ideas that will start your busiest mornings off on the right foot.

Peanut Butter Toast: Packed with protein, peanut butter provides energy for hours!  One of our favorite “on the go” breakfasts includes a couple slices of toasted bread topped with a generous spread of peanut butter.  To make this meal even more delicious add honey, bananas or even raisins.

Pancakes: Don’t have time to go out for pancakes at your favorite Denver breakfast spot?  No problem!  Make a large batch of pancakes over the weekend and either freeze or store them in the fridge.  Pancakes reheat beautifully in the microwave or toaster oven within just minutes.  Add a bit of fresh fruit, syrup and butter and you’re ready to eat!

Incredible Eggs:  Eggs may seem like a weekend staple, but they are quick and easy to prepare any day of the week.  Hard boil eggs the evening before if you are very short on time.  A hardboiled egg makes a great meal when served with a banana and a slice of toast.  Fried eggs are also quick and easy; they cook within just a couple of minutes and will satisfy hunger pangs throughout the morning.

Oatmeal: Nutritious and delicious!  Slow-cooked traditional oatmeal can be made a night in advance, or quick cooking oats make a speedy morning meal.  Simply add a bit of fresh fruit or brown sugar and you are ready to roll!

And remember, The Original Pancake House Denver will be here to serve you a splendid breakfast when the weekend comes around or when the kids are out of school!

Family Fun – Things To Do on Summer Vacation

Ah, summer vacation!  We still have a few weeks left before the kids go back to school and the lazy mornings and leisurely breakfasts are over.  At the Original Pancake House Denver, we love to start our dog days of summer off with a nice big stack of pancakes followed by a little family fun.  Here is a list of some of our favorite South Denver attractions to try with the whole family!

Speed Raceway

– Are the kiddos getting a bit restless as home?  Perhaps they have a need for speed!  The Speed Raceway is an indoor electric go-kart track and provides hours of fun and racing for the whole family.  Siblings can race each other (at moderate speeds) around the indoor track and cheer on their friends and fellow racers.

Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center

– AHOY!  For the hottest of summer days, Pirates Cove is just the place to cool you off!  With pools, water slides, a lazy river, and play area, Pirates Cove provides hours of refreshing fun for the whole family.  We recommend starting with a big breakfast first so everyone has enough energy to swim all day!

Littleton Museum

– Step back in time and enjoy the adventures of life in Littleton circa the 1860’s and 1890’s. Located on 39 acres, the Littleton Museum has served as the primary repository for the history, art, and culture of Littleton. Often cited as one of the top ten local history museums in the United States, the museum consists of two living history farms, a small lake, a collections center, and a main exhibition and administration building.

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- The 11-acre, award winning, Centennial Center Park provides children of all ages hours of fun on one of three climbing walls, two expansive, age-appropriate play areas and the Nautilus water play area in the center of the Park.  Ideally situated on a slight bluff adjacent to Centennial Civic Center, Centennial Center Park also features “butte” and “meadow” nature areas, three decorative water fountains and a two-story covered shelter to overlook the plaza or enjoy a spectacular Centennial sunset.

Belleview Park

–Located just adjacent to Pirates Cove, Belleview Park offers numerous family friendly activities. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the Miniature Train, play by the creek or on the playground equipment, ride their bikes along the bike paths, and cool off with some concessions sold at the farm. The miniature train has run in Belleview Park for over 30 years, averaging 60,000 riders annually. The train runs every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Kids can enjoy getting to know some farm animals, which include pigs, goats, chickens, and sheep just to name a few.

Westlands Park

– Westlands Park is a hidden jewel in the middle of the Greenwood Village corporate park area. The Westlands playground includes three play areas sized for toddlers to teens. There are two large climbing structures which satisfy both the technical climber as well as the inexperienced child. In addition to the main play area, there are three multi-use playing fields, an in-line hockey rink, a natural water sculpture, a pond and a hike / bike trail.

Cherry Creek State Park

– You can’t beat Colorado State Parks!  Cherry Creek State Park has it all with biking and hiking trails, a shooting range, a miniature airport for model planes, and did we mention that nice big reservoir to cool your toes?  Bring a picnic and spend the day playing in the outdoors!

Brunswick Zone XL Bowling

– Cool shoes, slick lanes, the sound of pins collapsing, no wonder they say “fun is bowling!”  At Brunswick Zone the whole family can escape the heat and get in on the action.  Kids of all ages are welcome to take their shot at breaking a score of 200! And when the bowling is done, Brunswick Zone XL also offers laser tag, a large game room and billiards!

You’ll need lots of energy for whatever activities you choose, so be sure to fuel up Original Pancake House Denver with a big breakfast before embarking on your adventures!

Golfing for Firefighters

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On June 23 and 24, The Original Pancake House Denver helped sponsor the annual South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation Gala and Memorial Golf Tournament. One of the largest charity events in the state of Colorado, the tournament raises funds to support professional firefighters and their families who face financial hardships as a result of off-duty emergencies such as accident, injury or death. The foundation is a non-profit organization and provides funds to firefighters and police officers from Denver Fire, Englewood Police, Aurora Fire, West Metro Fire, Arvada Fire, Cunningham Fire, Littleton Fire and many other neighborhoods.

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This year’s event included a Sunday night gala followed by a charity golf tournament on Monday. The Original Pancake House Denver sponsored a booth along the course where we gave out fun OPH swag and refreshments to the golfers. With over 200 participants, we had the opportunity to meet several firefighters and their families, as well as members of our community who also support the South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation.

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On behalf of all The Original Pancake House Denver staff, we are proud to participate in this wonderful event and support those who protect and serve local community!

Independence Day: Celebrating family-owned businesses and restaurants in America

In honor of Independence Day, we’d like to celebrate family-owned businesses and restaurants across our great country.  Did you know the first Original Pancake House was founded in 1953 in Portland, Oregon by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke?  Using her family’s recipes and traditions, Sara Hueneke Ernst, great niece of Erma Hueneke, opened the first Original Pancake House in Denver in 1996.  The Original Pancake House Denver has been serving breakfast to hungry patrons for many years, but here are a few American family-run businesses that have been around even longer!


Zambelli Fireworks

Founded by Antonio Zambelli back in 1893, Zambelli Fireworks is still run by the Zambelli family out of Pittsburgh, PA. Today the company supplies more pyrotechnic displays for celebratory events than any other firework company in the country.  Of the 2,000 plus annual displays the Zambelli’s create, most occur on the 4th of July.  Now that is a booming family business!


Antoine’s Restaurant

We thought we’d been serving pancakes for a long time, but Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans, LA has us beat!  The oldest family-owned restaurant in America, Antoine’s was established in 1840 by Antoine Alicatore. Specializing in French-Creole cuisine, Antoine’s is famous for inventing Oysters Rockefeller.  Today the restaurant boasts 14 dining rooms and seating for 700 patrons!


Martin Guitars

There is nothing more American than good old fashioned Rock –n-Roll!  Did you know that Martin Guitars have been an American family-run business since the early 1800s?  Martin Guitars was founded by  CF Martin Jr. who immigrated to New York City from Germany in 1833.  Today Martin Guitars has an 84,000 square foot factory and 500 employees, but it is still run by CF Martin’s great grandson.  In 2004, Martin Guitar’s produced its 1,000,000th guitar following the same standards for workmanship and quality that CF Martin outlined in 171 years prior.


On behalf of the Hueneke and Ernst families, we salute each American family-owned business on this 4th of July holiday!

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Summer Favorites

Temperatures are rising, the flowers are in bloom, and flip flops abound - summer is here!  At The Original Pancake House Denver we like to enjoy the season with a few breakfast items that celebrate summer from beloved vacation destinations.  So though you may be dining on breakfast in Denver, your taste buds will be on a summer vacation!


Dreaming of warm sand between your toes?  Take a summer beach vacation with the Coconut Belgian Waffle. Our golden brown Belgian waffle is filled and topped with toasted coconut and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Served with whipped butter and warm tropical syrup…can you hear the waves and music of the ukulele?


If the art and culture of a European adventure are more your style, then slip away to Paris with our Continental Crepes.  Enjoy three delicate crepes rolled with sour cream, tempered with Triple Sec and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Topped with our warm tropical syrup, you’ll be touching down at Charles de Gaulle in no time!

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When it’s a “sco-cha” in Colorado, you might want to head up to Maine! This beautiful northern state is filled with cool lakes, fireflies, campfires and blueberries, yah? To show our appreciation of summer in Maine, we love to dine on Blueberry Pancakes! These classic buttermilk pancakes are filled with plump blueberries and lightly dusted with powdered sugar.  Each order is served with whipped butter and warm blueberry compote syrup.  It’s wicked good!

Who knew you could travel the world while eating breakfast in Denver?  Pack your bags and slide on into a booth at The Original Pancake House Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center location…your flight will be boarding soon.

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Congrats to the 2013 Graduates!

At The Original Pancake House in Denver, some of our favorite breakfast customers are our neighborhood high school kids.  As May comes to a close and summer is fast approaching, we would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2013!  You’ve spent many a morning with us, and we thank you for making The Original Pancake House your favorite spot for breakfast in Denver!

We would also like to congratulate a few of our favorite employees on their graduation this month!  Your service at The Original Pancake House has been top-notch and we appreciate your hard work.  Best wishes in your future endeavors!

Meet the Original Pancake House Denver's Graduates:


Korbin Kinney with DTC Manager and mom Karen Kinney

Korbin Kinney with mom DTC Manager Karen Kinney













Graduate Braydin Mehnert

Braydin Mehnert













Graduate Aaliyah Navarro with DTC Managers Karen Kinney and Jennifer Cheshek

Aaliyah Navarro with DTC Managers Karen Kinney and Jennifer Cheshek













Graduate Kelsey Amsberry with her twin brother Blake Amsberry

Kelsey Amsberry with her twin brother


Throwback Thursday: Back to Our Roots

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane today, and discover how we got started serving breakfast to Denver.

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In the beginning…

 Sara’s great-aunt, Erma Hueneke, and her chef partner, Les Highet, purchased the very first location in Portland, Oregon in 1953. Back then, it was known as The Pancake House.



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There at The Pancake House, Erma and Les introduced their now-famous traditional recipes which remain largely the same to this day.



Ferd & Gen

Then in 1958, Sara’s grandparents, Ferdinand and Genevieve Hueneke, purchased the first official franchise of The Pancake House from Ferd’s sister Erma and her partner Les. They opened up a new location down the road in Salem, Oregon.

That same year, the franchise re-branded as The Original Pancake House, a name which continues today across the country at more than 120 other franchise locations.



Ferd and Gen continued to operate their restaurant until 1970 when their son Tom Hueneke took over. Tom later opened two more locations in Oregon and continued active operations well into the 2000s.

In 1975, Tom brought his 11-year-old daughter in to help out as a coffee girl. That coffee girl worked at The Original Pancake House in many roles for more than 10 years, plus another three years as sous chef in New York before heading out west to open two Denver locations in 1996 and 2000.




Today, we know that coffee girl as Sara Hueneke Ernst – owner, operator and living legacy.


Even as the years have passed, we’ve made sure to stay true to our roots – both in our family tree and in our recipe books. We welcome you and your family to enjoy the same home-cooked dishes we’ve been serving for 60 years, because tradition is delicious. Start yours today.

What's Cooking? Breakfast Foods from Around the World

Ever wonder what restaurants in other countries serve up for breakfast? We were curious to see if anything came close to our Denver breakfast, so check out our round up of morning cuisines from around the world.


South India and Sri Lanka: Appam

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These bowl-shaped pancakes are made from rice batter and coconut milk and are typically served with a spicy sauce, honey or eggs.


Japan: Nattō, Steamed Rice and Miso Soup

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This Japanese breakfast consists of nattō (fermented soy beans) served with steamed rice and a side of miso soup.


France: Croissants, Tartines and Café au Lait 

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In France, breakfast is usually a small affair, with most people simply enjoying a variety of fresh breads and coffee.


Egypt: Ful Medames

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This Egyptian breakfast consists of fava beans mixed with garlic, onion, olive oil and lemon juice. It is usually served with a fried egg and pita bread.


No matter where you are in the world, be sure to enjoy the popular breakfast dishes of the area. Because whether it’s the Dominican Republic, Denmark or the Mile High City of Denver, there’s always going to be a local tradition that’s delicious.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were."


We have to admit we’re guilty on this one, but we like to think we do a pretty good job at pretending. Last year, Jenn Wohletz from Westword wrote that our corned beef hash was the best she’s ever had.

Corned Beef Hash

We’ll go ahead and take her word for it, and you should too. Our recipe of freshly ground corned beef brisket, onions and diced potatoes is served with two basted eggs and three of our buttermilk pancakes. So this St. Patrick’s Day, we invite you to come get your day started with the best breakfast in Denver and embrace the Irish heritage you may or may not have been born with. Sláinte!

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Important Ingredients: 5 Reasons to Love The Original Pancake House

We recently came across this article profiling the most important restaurants in America. The author noted that it wasn’t the fanciest, trendiest or most popular ones that made the list, but the ones with consistently good food, unique recipes and happy customers.

Even without any breakfast restaurants topping the list, we’re confident that we have all the ingredients necessary for an important restaurant:

  • 15-Ingredient-Made-From-Scratch Pancake Batter: You can’t find stuff this good in stores, folks. And we’re not giving away our recipe either.
  • The Dutch Baby: If a pancake and a crepe had a child, it would be The Dutch Baby. Oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon and powdered sugar, this is one of our favorites.
  • Salty and Sweet: There’s a reason people don’t mind a little syrup getting on their bacon. It’s the perfect combination, and if you haven’t tried it yet, our Bacon Belgian Waffle will win you over.
  • Breakfast for Lunch: More commonly known as brunch, this is the most important meal of the weekend. Anyone care to disagree?
  • Green Chile: Coloradoans love their green chile, and we have some of the best in the country – Mark Schlereth’s Green Chile Sauce. It’s gluten-free and has become the official green chile of Coors Field and Pepsi Center. Try it on one of our omelettes, or with your bacon and eggs.

And when the most important stop of someone’s day is having breakfast at our Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center location, well, that just tops the list. We invite you to come in and try one (or all!) of our important ingredients, and find your own reason to love The Original Pancake House.