Kirkland >The Original Pancake House
Gr8 Pancakes. Yes long lines and people squeezed in to tight. But love the pancakes. Golden brown as they should be. Some of the help tries very hard to make your breakfast enjoyable. Maybe the lines wouldn;t be so long if George's down the street wasn't so bad.
Long Waits and Pricey. We live in Kirkland and have crossed this place off our favorites.
Horrible Service. Went there this past week and had the most horrible service that we had to walk out. We had waited for at least 20 minutes and still the server had not taken our order or even greeted us. The table next to us was seated after us, got their orders taken and got their food while we were still waiting for our server to come. We were able to flag down the coffee boy and he told us that he would get the server, yet I watched him and he didn't do anything; so we finally decided enough was enough! We walked out after 20 minutes of wasted time and a couple sips of really bad coffee.
worst waffle ever. My waffle was dry and hard and my husband's pancakes were burned. It's not like we went in with super-high expectations, we saw a pancake house, we were hungry and thought it would be comparable to an IHOP. It wasn't.
Made-to-order breakfasts---including over a dozen unique flapjacks---stack the odds in this restaurant's favor..
Founded in Oregon circa 1953, this simply-furnished spot owes its success to its creative menu and fresh ingredients. Batters are made on the premises; a special "sourdough starter" keeps treats from tasting overly sweet. Patrons choose from eggs, waffles, crepes and oven-baked omelets, as well as signature plates like blueberry pancakes (served with or without compote), giant cinnamon-glazed apple pancakes, thin and chewy "49-ers" and the air-filled, lemon-and-sugar-topped "Dutch Baby."
Will NEVER return..
We will NOT go back after eating there yesterday. My friend ordered strawberry crepes. This consisted of several tough crepes rolled - no filling - with a few dry strawberries dropped onto the top. I ordered a blueberry waffle. I have had better frozen. They put approximately 1/2 cup of powdered sugar on top - the syrup was cold. I told the waitress - she just giggled. What followed - a bill for over with one cup of coffee.
We had been to this place a few times previously. It was fine - way too much food (5 egg omelets!!) Now i can get a two egg omelet for $1.00 less. Most things on the menu are now around $9.00 - $13.00. The prices have been raised substantially and the service lowered. The new Kirkland - fake and expensive.
BTW the table was sticky. We had asked for a booth and were told "no" that they were closing very soon and the wait would be too long. About three minutes after sitting at the sticky table, they wisked in another couple to a booth.
Yum...Yum!. We have been coming here for years and they are still one of our favorites for breakfast! They are so delicious and consistent.
Huge Portions - Bring your appetite. I go here often with the wife, and everything from the biscuits and gravy, to the hashed browns are great...on the weekends (incl. friday). the coffee is some of the best and most consistant i've had at a restaurant. I would advise you to already be a fan of strong coffee before you order it, though. On early weekday mornings, the service and food are average at best. I don't know if they save their best staff for the weekends, or what, but i would advise against a weekday visit, at least for your first trip. The wait on the weekends is long, but the turnover is good, and the staff is good at coordinating with each other and getting your party seated quickly.
Good, but not up to OPH standards. The OPH franchise is an American classic and its legendary reputation for quality is well-deserved. Sadly, the Kirkland location falls short. While Kirkland's offerings are "good," they often lack the charming, fussy touches that make the same dishes seem special at other locations. Kirkland's huge, Trucker-style coffee mugs are annoying, and the brackish coffee is an affront to OPH's widely acclaimed fine roast blend. Cups and saucers, please! The eggs here are substandard --- I like 'em poached, and on two visits they were undercooked and served cool. The toast, too, isn't up to snuff --- it's cut from small loaves one suspects are used as a cost-saving device. The Dutch Babies and Apple Pancakes are just as good as those served at other locations. No OPH can match the "original" Portland, Oregon, location, but Kirkland's rendition is a disappointment for an area whose diners are reputedly discriminating and sophisticated.
Mmmm, pancakes!!!!. We had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated but the wait was worth it. The pancakes are cooked perfectly. I went with the chocolate chip ones and next time will definitely be going for the oven baked apple pancake. The portions are huge.
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