Visited: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The Pancake House in Westerville – not to be confused with the newer Original Pancake House in Upper Arlington – is a small diner in a stand-alone building standing near Schrock Road in front of the Westerville Plaza.
The building is easy to find, once you spot it. There are signs on the side; parking is accessible from the larger plaza parking lot.
Like any good diner, the Pancake House features a counter that looks into the kitchen. It’s a given that a diner should be a little noisy, even when it’s not at its busiest. An open kitchen with cooks clattering around the grill give any diner its character.
The boys and I opted for a couple different breakfasts and were mostly pleased. I chose a simple plate of eggs, toast, and sausage. I love sausage links, especially when they’re browned on the grill. The eggs were done well, and the hash browns were good and crispy. I always, always prefer hash browns over homefries.
Owen’s meal was similar but with scrambled eggs (slightly overdone) and crispy bacon.
Will ordered some blueberry pancakes. The pancakes themselves were so-so, which is a little bit of a concern given the restaurant name. They were just a little tough and hard to cut. I expected blueberries throughout them, but they were scarce, and instead we got canned blueberry pie filling gooped on top.
Of course, after I left some people recommended some of their other pancakes, like the buckwheat, the cornmeal, and even some special churro pancakes (that I didn’t see on a menu)! Clearly we need to re-assemble the team and make a return visit.
Kudos to the sausage gravy and biscuits, though! The biscuits were a little tough, but the gravy was chunky and pretty well seasoned. And I like having hash browns to mix in.
I think the Pancake House is a good stop for any breakfast adventurer, especially for anyone who loves diners. We may need to go back to try some more varieties of pancakes!