What: Georgia Pecan Pancakes, Hash-browns, Over-easy eggs
Where: The Original Pancake House – Redmond Town Center, 7425 166th Ave NE C205, Redmond, WA 98052
Rating (1-5): 🌿🌿
I genuinely do try to give restaurants the benefit of the doubt. It’s not an easy job. And the Original Pancake House – though a “recent” addition to the Redmond Town Center – is apparently a country-wide franchise. Unfortunately, for as much charm as this place tried to instill, it all just sorta fell flat when I actually thought about what the menu offered.
Before I get into the food, I want to talk about why I considered it to be an underwhelming menu. On the surface, the menu itself actually had some tasty options. However, the price was just too expensive. Nearly every meal was no cheaper than $13-15, and a lot of meals were closer to $20. What did those items include? Honestly, nothing that spectacular. It was all standard breakfast food expected items: pancakes, eggs, hash-browns, etc.
The most annoying part of the menu, however, was the fact that if you actually looked at the individual items, you could knock nearly $5-10 off of the price. It seemed much better to play menu-calculus and mix and match items than order straight from it. This is a big con for me; I shouldn’t have to find that out after some inspection and arithmetic. Our waiter also felt no need to hide the fact when we inquired about it, meaning it’s come up before with other customers.
There were other oddities such as $8 for a side of hash-browns. It’s possible that it was enough for 2-3 people, but the menu didn’t indicate that, and based off of the rest of the pricing, I’m inclined to believe it was just a major rip-off.
But now that we’ve covered the biggest pain point for me, let’s talk about the food. The food was good, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Which makes the price even more annoying to contend with as a patron.
Being a born-and-raised Georgian, the idea of the Georgia Pecan Pancakes was easy to gravitate towards. The menu described it as pancakes with pecans and powdered sugar. Overall, the pancakes were fluffy, packed with pecans, and had a little grip on them when you cut into them. The powdered sugar wasn’t really dispersed evenly on top, but I’m not that picky. While it did make for getting the intended flavor with every bite difficult, I still got powdered sugar, so I’m not really complaining.
The syrup that sat on our table was thin and loose and evenly spread across the food, which was nice.
Unfortunately, our server didn’t write anything down, and I ended up with the wrong order of eggs. I really just wanted scrambled eggs as I don’t have them often. What I received were over-easy eggs. Now, if you know me, you know that’s not an issue. But I do expect my order to come as ordered.
I didn’t turn them away for a few reasons:
- It had taken a while for the food to come out as is.
- I was already still mildly annoyed about the menu experience.
- I like over-easy eggs, so it wasn’t as if I would turn it away for a real concern.
The waiter was incredibly kind, I should say, so they would have helped. But I really just didn’t feel like picking at what I got when I was so hungry.
With that said, the eggs were fine. Again, not much to talk about. The hash-browns I actually did like a lot. They were more mushy and chopped than the crispy, julienned hash I’ve grown up with. However, it did have tasty onions cooked in the hash that gave a strong onion-y flavor I really enjoyed. I do wish it had been crispier, but they were solid hash-browns.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend anyone go to The Original Pancake House if they have a choice – and Redmond has quite a few choices for solid breakfast spots already. Having said that, if you have a branch of this franchise close to you that you particularly enjoyed, let me know! I’d be interested to see how it holds up in other areas.