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Peanuts & Cracker Jacks: Funny Food Superstitions of Major League Baseball

Baseball season is in full swing across the country!  We love to take our family to Coors Field each summer ttodd_helton21o cheer on our Colorado Rockies and check out the fun and crowds in downtown Denver.  On a recent trip to the ball park, we got to talking about Major League Baseball players and their superstitions.  Many players have a special song that they play before each at-bat, or a routine that they follow before each game.  One of our favorite (now retired) Rockies players, Todd Helton, used to start a game with a full beard.  If he didn’t get a hit by the fifth inning, he would shave his beard to a goatee.  If he still didn’t have a hit by the seventh inning, he would shave his beard entirely!

We also learned that some players have a special food or meal that they must eat before every game.  Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs used to eat chicken before every game. Retired Chicago Cubs pitcher Lee Smith used to sleep through the first four innings of every game and have his teammates wake him up before the fifth inning with a cheeseburger.  Drew Storen, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals, had a grilled cheese sandwich and glass of milk every day during the 2011 season.

Our favorite superstitious player is C.J. Wilson who plays for the Los Angeles Angels.  On the days that he is scheduled to pitch, Wilson eats a very specific breakfast.  His game day menu includes a vegetable omelet with an English muffin.  However, he is allergic to butter, so his English muffin has to be served without! Next time C.J. is in town, we hope he joins us for breakfast in Denver.  We would be happy to serve him a lucky veggie omelet and English muffin without butter.

To all the superstitious Major League, Minor League, and Little Leaguers, we wish you luck this baseball season. We are happy to serve you a lucky breakfast before any game, just swing on in to The Original Pancake House!


Fit For a Celebrity - What Do Famous Dads Eat For Breakfast?

On Father’s Day we have the opportunity to celebrate some of the most important men in our lives –Dads!  Though the fathers in our family often have celebrity status, we thought it would be fun to look at a few other famous dads and see what they eat for breakfast.  Read on to see what we found out:

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Brad Pitt:

This super-star celebrity is a father to Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox and Vivienne, what a crew!  Brad Pitt is known for his abs and spends a lot of time in the gym.  Reportedly, Pitt eats a very healthy diet full of lean proteins and whole grains.  One of his favorite breakfasts is six eggs and oatmeal porridge with raisins.


David Beckham:

A famous soccer player, model, and husband to fashionista Victoria Beckham, David Beckham has his kids' names - Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz -tattooed on his back.  David Beckham also works hard to stay in shape and eats a very healthy diet.  His favorite breakfast item is a tomato and cheese omelet.  Yum!


Will Smith:

Will Smith is father to Jaden, Willow, and Trey, and keeps the family entertained with his jokes and musical stylings.  Will Smith is another celebrity dad who has to eat a healthy diet to keep up his physique, but he and the kids like to eat chocolate for breakfast when wife Jada Pinkett Smith is out of town.



Will Ferrell:

You can bet his sons Magnus, Mattias, and Axel never stop laughing with father Will Ferrell around.  And though Will’s famous character “Buddy the Elf,” from the movie Elf, enjoys spaghetti, sugared maple syrup, sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate syrup, M&M's, and Frosted Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts for breakfast, in real life Will and the kids enjoy eggs and pancakes like the rest of us.



We think each of these celebrity dads could find something to fill their bellies at The Original Pancake House; hopefully they will stop by if they are ever out for breakfast in Denver.  And if you need to treat your own dad to a breakfast out, we will be happy to serve him a meal fit for a king.  From The Original Pancake House family, we would like to wish all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

Corned Beef Hash

Celebrate National Egg Month!

Happy National Egg Month, Denver! The entire month of May is dedicated to nature’s own miracle food, the egg.  At The Original Pancake House, we are excited to celebrate one of our favorite breakfast foods this month.  Eggs are not only delicious, they are nutritious have many amazing noteworthy qualities wrapped in their shells.  Here are a few fun facts about eggs to share with your family and friends next time you gather round the breakfast table.

Did you know?

Eggs provide high-quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids our bodies need in a near-perfect pattern.  In fact, the quality of egg protein is so high that scientists frequently use eggs as the standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods …. now, that’s incredible!Corned Beef Hash & Eggs

Just how many eggs do we eat?

The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S.  WOW!

And the grand prize goes to:

Harriet the hen laid the world’s largest egg in 2010, measuring a hefty 9.1 inches in diameter.

Where do chickens come from?

A hen must mate with a rooster in order to fertilize an egg. The eggs you buy at the store or eat in a restaurant are laid by hens that haven’t mated.

We are all the same on the inside:

An egg’s shell color doesn’t indicate the quality or nutritional value of an egg, but rather the breed of the hen that laid it. Hens with white feathers tend to lay white eggs and hens with red feathers tend to lay brown eggs.

Now for the fun part!

If all of these facts are making you hungry, join us for breakfast in Denver!  We have a plethora of delicious, and nutritious, egg dishes to sample.  Our customers love our eggs benedict, three egg omelets, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and of course all of the delicious side dishes that accompany them.  Happy National Egg Month!


What is a Swedish Pancake?

At The Original Pancake House, Swedish pancakes are one of our favorite menu items. Lacy and sweet, and served with lingonberry sauce and whipped butter, these pancakes are always a special treat. For those of you who have never tried a Swedish pancake, let us entice your taste buds!exps16711_BHR1449221D3

Though called a pancake, Swedish pancakes more similarly resemble a traditional French crepe. They are very thin pancakes and are most often served folded or rolled with sweet toppings. Swedish pancakes are known for their richness. High in egg and butter content and low in flour, these pancakes are lighter, fluffier and airier than other forms of pancake. To make Swedish pancakes, we prepare the special batter, spoon onto a hot griddle into a thin layer, and flip, much the same way one would prepare a crepe.

Because Swedish pancakes are especially sweet, they are usually served with lingonberry, any other fruit preserves, or even yogurt. Lingonberry sauce is a traditional Swedish condiment as the berries are quite plentiful in the mountains and forests of the country. Lingonberry sauce is most similar in flavor to a cranberry – slightly sweet and slightly sour – and makes a great accompaniment to sweet Swedish pancakes.

The next time you join us for breakfast in Denver, be sure to try out our Swedish pancakes with Lingonberry sauce. We promise you will enjoy this special treat from a land faraway!

Bunny Pancakes

Hippity Hoppity, Easter Is On Its Way!

One of our favorite Easter traditions is to take our family out to a nice breakfast in Denver to celebrate the holiday.  But, on the years that we stay home, we love to make a bunny pancake breakfast for our family and neighbors.  Bunny pancakes, plus all the rest of the traditional Easter breakfast fixings, are an easy way to add a little hippity-hop to your breakfast or brunch spread.  Here are a few ideas to bring the Easter Bunny to your breakfast table.


  1. Begin with your favorite pancake recipe and create batter.
  2. Determine if you have had enough coffee to have a steady hand when spooning out the batter. Bunny pancakes can be made either by dolloping the batter into a bunny face (circle) and ears (two ovals attached to the face), or by simply creating the bunny face and then adding ears using pieces of fruit once the pancake has cooked.
  3. When creating the bunny face, place two blueberries or chocolate chips in the liquid batter as soon as you have spooned it onto your frying pan. You can also add a nose and whiskers using various fruits and chopped fruit shapes.  Get creative!  If you are adding batter bunny ears, let the face (circle) set for a minute or two on the pan before you attempt to add each ear.  Gently spoon batter into an elongated ear shape on each side and connect to the bunny face.  Be careful when flipping!
  4. If batter ears sound too challenging, try using cantaloupe, pineapple, or bananas for the ears. Arrange your bunny pancake face on the center of the plate and add the fruit to create ears.  Try using strips of bacon or sausage to create whiskers.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

If you are too exhausted after your Easter egg hunt to make your own bunny pancakes, join us at Original Pancake House for a scrumptious brunch.  With almost thirty egg dishes, plus pancakes, waffles, and crepes, we have plenty of choices for a delicious, traditional Easter brunch.  Happy Easter Denver!

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Take our Customer Satisfaction Survey for a chance to win a FREE $50 OPH gift card!

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Hello to all our Original Pancake House customers!

In an effort to ensure we continue to provide you with the best possible breakfast experience, we’ve put together a brief customer satisfaction survey.  Please take a few minutes to tell us how we are doing.    We know you are busy so as a thank you for your time, we’ll enter each respondent into a drawing for a FREE $50 OPH gift card!  Just complete the survey and you could win free breakfast for you and your family!  As always, we thank you for your continued patronage of OPH and look forward to seeing you soon!

Click HERE to take our brief customer satisfaction survey.

Wishing you a good day and full belly,

The OPH Staff


Make Your Breakfast a Tropical Escape

As we dig out from yet another snow storm in Denver, our minds are wandering to warmer climates.  If you can’t fly to your dream beach, why not make your morning meal into a tropical escape? This week we are turning up the thermostat a few degrees and making breakfast with inspiration from the tropics!  If we close our eyes, we can almost hear the waves crashing and the warm breeze whispering through the palms...beach-hut-237489_1280

Here are a few ideas to make your breakfast in Denver a tropical escape:

Tropical Breakfast Parfait

- Dollop 2 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt in the bottom of each of four juice glasses. Top with 4 mandarin orange slices. Sprinkle the oranges with 1 ½ tablespoons of crispy rice cereal, followed by 2 more tablespoons of yogurt. Top with diced pineapple then with another 1 ½ tablespoons cereal.

Tropical Breakfast Bruschetta

– Portion loaf of prepared sweet pound cake into thick slices.  Top with cream cheese spread and diced tropical fruits such as strawberry, mango and pineapple.  Sprinkle with coconut and enjoy!

Banana Pancakes with Coconut and Macadamia Topping

– Prepare your favorite pancake batter. When spooning raw batter onto hot frying pan, add slices of banana to each pancake so that they cook into the batter.  Once pancakes are golden brown, serve warm with shaved coconut and diced macadamia nut toppings, and warm syrup.

Tropical Oatmeal Delight

– Prepare your favorite oatmeal according to package instructions.  Serve warm with almond milk, shaved coconut, golden raisins, mango, and pineapple for a bit of tropical zing.

Next time you visit Original Pancake House, be sure to try one of our tropical breakfast menu items.  Our Mandarin Crepes, Continental Crepes, Coconut Belgian Waffle, Coconut Pancakes and Hawaiian Pancakes will all instantly transport you to someplace warmer!


A New Spin on Breakfast

The New Year is under way and we can’t think of a better time to try some new recipes and spice up your traditional breakfast repertoire.  With an eye for adventure, we’ve collected a few ideas to liven up your Denver breakfast table.  Strap on your apron, roll up your sleeves, and get ready for breakfast fun!


Bacon Breakfast Cupcakes:

With a drizzle of spicy Sriracha Sauce, these cupcakes will add zing to your morning! beg



1 bag (20 oz.) refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

6 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

¾ cup crumbled crisply cooked bacon

¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz)

Sriracha sauce



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place foil liner in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Generously spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix potatoes, oil, salt and pepper. Divide evenly among cups; press lightly. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until golden brown. In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in bacon and cheese. Firmly press potatoes in muffin cups with bottom of 1/4-cup dry measuring cup. Top each with slightly less than ¼ cup egg mixture. Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until knife inserted in center of egg comes out clean. Cool five minutes. Serve with sauce.


French Toast Kabobs

: Everything tastes better on a stick! These kabobs are fun, bite-sized, and perfect for dipping.  Kids love them!



1 cup milk

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 cups brioche, French or sandwich bread (cut into 2 inch cubes)

1 tablespoon butter or oil

16 strawberries, stems removed

2 bananas, sliced into ½ inch coins

8 wooden skewers



Whisk together the milk, eggs, honey and cinnamon. Dip the bread cubes in the milk mixture to coat each side. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the bread for 1 ½ minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Skewer the French toast cubes, strawberries and bananas and serve with maple syrup for dipping.


Waffle BLT

: For this recipe you can either make your own waffles, or save time and use frozen waffles!



8 frozen waffles

8-12 slices bacon

2 medium tomatoes

4-6 lettuce leaves

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup fresh dill, chopped fine



Prepare herb spread by combining mayo and dill. Cover and refrigerate. Meanwhile, prepare bacon in a frying pan or 400-degree oven to desired crispness. When bacon is finished, place cooked slices on paper towels and dab to absorb some of the grease. Next, either prepare your own waffles or toast freezer waffles. Prepare sandwiches by spreading 2 tablespoons of herb spread on each waffle. Top with bacon slices, tomato slices, and lettuce leaves. Top with another waffle. Serve immediately.


Make-Ahead Blueberry Lemon French Toast

: This sweet breakfast treat is a delicious new take on French toast.  And the best part, you can prepare it the night before.



1 (12-count) package sweet dinner rolls, cubed

1 cup blueberries

1½ cup milk

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons maple syrup, or more, to taste

Zest of 1 lemon

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg


For the crumb topping:

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar



Lightly coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Place a layer of bread cubes evenly into the baking dish. Top with blueberries in an even layer, repeating 2 more times and ending with a layer of bread.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. After the dish has absorbed liquid for at least two hours, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the crumb topping, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add cold butter and toss to coat, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the bread cubes. Place into oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown.


We hope you try and enjoy some of these new ideas for morning treats.  Next time you visit us at Original Pancake House, be sure to let us know how these breakfast recipes turned out. To all our friends in Denver, we wish you a New Year filled with delicious breakfasts and adventure!



Winter Warmers – Breakfast ideas to warm even the coldest mornings!


When the barometer dips and the winds howl, you often need a good reason to jump out of bed on a cold winter’s morning in Colorado.  Warm up your Denver breakfast table with a delicious meal to share with family and friends.  After all, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day!  Here are a few of our favorite recipes that will have you ready to rise and shine on even the frostiest mornings.

Heavenly Hot Chocolate

– For your kiddos, a warm cup of cocoa might be just the thing to jump-start the day.  Simply add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ cup water, ¼ cup sugar, and salt to a medium sauce pan. Whisk over medium heat just until beginning to bubble. Whisk in 3 cups whole milk and 1 ½ cups half and half. Bring mixture to simmer. Remove from heat; whisk in 1 tsp. vanilla extract.   Serve with whipped cream!  And for the adults and coffee drinkers in the house, mix hot chocolate with coffee for a delicious mocha!

Steel Cut Oats –

A piping hot bowl of oatmeal is always a comforting treat on a chilly morning.  Simply prepare oats according to package instructions, add milk or buttermilk, and then top with a variety of delicious toppings.  Some of our favorite toppings include sliced apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg, or cranberries and pecans, or banana, golden raisins, and dried cherries.  It is always fun to play around with your favorite toppings to make the meal special.

Root Vegetable Hash and Eggs –

A warm veggie hash is always a great winter meal! Simply slice and dice your favorite root vegetables.  We like sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, beets, and a little onion and garlic.  Season with salt, pepper and olive oil, spread evenly on a baking pan and roast in a 400 degree oven until veggies are soft.  Serve hash with your choice of fried or poached eggs for a colorful breakfast treat!

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and White Cheddar Cheese –

The smell of scrambled eggs cooking in the skillet will rouse even the sleepiest bear out of hibernation!  We love to prepare classic scrambled eggs and add a little bit of spinach and white cheddar cheese to spice up this classic dish.  And of course we always serve our scrambies with a thick slice of toast!

Of course, if the kitchen is just too chilly to make your own breakfast, come visit your friends at Original Pancake House!  Join us at one of our two Denver restaurants to enjoy a variety of warming winter meals including our Green Chile Eggs Benedict, Cowboy Omelet, and of course our famous Apple Pancake!  Stay warm, Denver!

Holiday Blog

Celebrate the Season with Special Holiday Breakfast Treats

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‘Tis the season for family, celebrations, and of course many delicious, traditional holiday meals.  Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or Festivus, you are likely planning to join friends and loved ones for at least a couple holiday feasts.  At Original Pancake House, we like to make the season bright with special morning treats.  Here are a few holiday breakfast recipes that we like to cook for family and friends.


Christmas “Make-Ahead” Egg Casserole:

This breakfast dish is wonderful because you can prepare everything the night before and simply pop it in the oven on Christmas morning!



12 large eggs

1/2 loaf day old bread (sourdough is best)

1 package Polidori Italian sausage

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Directions: At least 2 hours and up to 12 hours before cooking, assemble ingredients.  Grease large casserole dish. Beat all 12 eggs until fluffy, set aside.  Tear day-old bread into bite-sized cubes, set aside.  Cook ground sausage, breaking up meat into small pieces as it cooks, set aside and let cool.  Pour eggs and bread cubes into casserole dish, ensuring bread becomes submerged and soaked in eggs.  Add cooled sausage and mix well.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover casserole dish and refrigerate overnight.  On Christmas morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Uncover casserole and place in oven, cook for 30 minutes or until eggs are set.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of casserole and return to oven for additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Serve warm with a side of salsa or hot sauce.


Overnight Egg-nog French Toast


1/4 cup butter (melt the butter while the dish is baking), melted

7 large eggs

2 cups eggnog

1 1/2 ounces rum (optional)

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 loaf French bread, cut into 1 inch slices

Powdered sugar



Beat together eggs, eggnog, rum, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Dip both sides of each slice of bread in this mixture and place them side by side in a greased casserole dish. Pour any remaining mixture over the slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake in 450 degree oven on bottom rack for 20-25 minutes (watch the bottom doesn't get too brown). Place on rack to cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with Canadian maple syrup and the melted butter.


Gingerbread Pancakes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup molasses

1 1/2 cups water



Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Beat the egg in a separate mixing bowl with the vanilla and molasses until smooth. Whisk in the water until completely incorporated. Stir the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until just combined -- a few lumps are okay. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.


Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season as well. Join us for the best breakfast in Denver and be sure to try our scrumptious holiday specials, which include Egg Nog French Toast, Ho! Ho! Ho! Pancakes, Holiday Link Sausage and Eggs, and the Holiday Plate.


From all your friends at Original Pancake House, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.


Tis the season for Pancake Cheer!




Join us in spreading the Pancake Cheer this holiday season! During the month of December, we’d like to share the joy our pancakes bring with you and your loved ones. Each week in December we will invite you to participate in our #PancakeCheer promotion on Facebook. As a thank you, by commenting and sharing on our weekly #PancakeCheer posts, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a one of four gift cards. The first three weeks of December, our fans have the opportunity to win $25 gift cards and the fourth week in December, we will give away a $50 gift card to one lucky participant.

Helping us share this message is as easy as…

  1. “Liking” and “Following” us on Facebook and Twitter
  2. Participate in our weekly #PancakeCheer promotion to be entered in to a gift card raffle

Happy Holidays!

Rules: One winner per gift card. Winners will be contacted via Facebook’s messaging platform to obtain mailing address information where gift card prizes will be sent. Gift cards are only redeemable at one of our two Denver restaurants. Contest begins December 1, 2014 through December 24, 2014.


End of Summer Family Bucket List

Happy Family Vacation

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, consider heading out for a family fun day before the end of vacation.  To make the day special, start with a hearty breakfast in Denver at Original Pancake House. With menu favorites such as Chocolate Chip Pancakes or OPH Smiley Cakes for the kids, and a plethora of egg dishes and more for the parents, everyone will leave full, happy, and ready to enjoy a day of adventure.  Read on to learn about a few of our favorite local spots to spend the day with the family.


Dinosaur Ridge

A part of the Morrison Fossil Area National Park, Dinosaur Ridge is a great place for families to see actual dinosaur footprints sealed by time. Dinosaur Ridge is famous for its Exhibit Hall and summer camps where young people can learn more about paleontology.


Cherry Creek State Park

A perfect spot for nature lovers, Cherry Creek State Park offers families a relaxing spot to spend the day. Enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding on the many trails throughout the park.  If it is a hot day, rent a canoe or kayak from the marina and picnic on the sandy beaches surrounding the reservoir.  Cherry Creek Park even offers an “airstrip” for flying model airplanes and a family shooting range.


Elitch Gardens

Summer vacation isn’t complete until you spend a day at Elitch Gardens.  Ride the slides to cool off in the water park and then test your adventurous spirit on the roller coasters and thrill rides.  There are attractions, rides, concerts and entertainment for kids ages 4 -100 which means the whole family will enjoy the day.


Tiny Town

Open to the public since 1920, Tiny Town, is a miniature collection of houses, buildings, and railroads to entertain kids of all ages. With more than 90 buildings on display, visitors enjoy stepping back in time with a ride on the railroad and marveling at all of the creations. Located close to Morrison, you get the added bonus of enjoying mountain surroundings on this trip!


The Children’s Museum

If you have younger children, Denver’s Children’s Museum is the place to go to “learn through play.”  With interactive exhibits, educational programs, and play areas, the kids will enjoy explorative play with everything from rockets, to bubbles, nature, and painting.


We hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer, Denver!