Breakfast favorite celebrates reopening

A La Carte

March 8, 2020

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Strawberry Pancakes ($9.75 short stack, $10.75 full stack)

For 41 years, The Original Pancake House has appeased many a local appetite, especially hitting the spot for breakfast lovers. The franchise first opened in Portland, Oregon, nearly five decades ago, and will celebrate its half-century milestone next January. Closer to home, the establishment has been serving Hawaii since opening its first location on Kapiolani Boulevard in July 1979 — and followed that up with a Dillingham restaurant shortly after.

For The Original Pancake House regulars and newcomers, good news has arrived for its Kapiolani location. On March 9, it’ll host a grand reopening following extensive renovations of its dining areas — and fans can still expect the same great taste in its menu offerings.


Server Diane “Didi” Feleunga and head waitress Kona Pelekai.

”To honor the grand reopening,” begins server Diane “Didi” Feleunga, “we will be offering 10 percent off customers’ bills with the purchase of two or more offerings.”

So, if you haven’t given The Original Pancake House a try before, now is the perfect time to stop in. The special is valid at both locations March 9-31, and the coupon (found on page 14) must be presented at the time of purchase.

The eatery, open 364 days a year (closed only on Thanksgiving Day), features a plethora of classic favorites as well as custom creations.


Pastrami on Rye ($9.25)

For example, the 49er Flapjacks and Corned Beef Hash are customer favorites and are both homemade. In fact, mentions Kona Pelekai, “nothing comes out of a can and there are no preservatives in any of the dishes at The Pancake House.”

The Dillingham head waitress adds that the Loco Moco ($10.40), while not on the menu, can still be ordered by special request, as it is another favorite among diners.

Potato Omelette ($12.80)

“Omelets are another popular choice here,” says Feleunga, emphasizing that the Potato Omelet ($12.80) is the best seller. It’s comprised of a generous portion of potatoes, green onions and bacon bits. All of the ingredients are rolled into a fluffy oven-baked omelet topped with a signature sour cream sauce.

For something a little less breakfast and a little more lunch, take a bite out of one of the sandwiches. A recommended must-try is the Pastrami on Rye sandwich ($9.25) known for its crisp bread that does not get soggy. Other options include a Hamburger Deluxe Sandwich, Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich and the Club House Sandwich. Sandwiches can be ordered as a meal, which would come with salad and dessert.

Loco Moco $10.40 (not on menu, but you may request)

Last but certainly not least, what’s a trip to a pancake house without ordering some? Serving up The Original Pancake House recipe, these flapjacks are made from scratch utilizing the quality ingredients, just as all of its items on the menu. Highly recommended are the Strawberry Pancakes ($9.75 short stack, $10.75 full stack).

Stop in for a meal with friends and family, or call to make a reservation (accepted Monday-Friday). Feleunga and Pelekai encourage diners to join them for a mouthwatering meal to remember.

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