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The OG Breakfast

Cover Story

March 14, 2021

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Strawberry Pancakes
($10.70)

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day for good reason, and The Original Pancake House has been serving up an excellent morning menu in Hawaii for more than four decades. Expect an abundance of savory and sweet plates — or, get both and share family-style — that are sure to hit the spot.

Since opening along Kapiolani Boulevard back in 1979 and its Dillingham location shortly thereafter, The Original Pancake House has continued its mission of filling bellies with classic breakfast foods and local favorites.

49er Flapjacks ($10.70)

“During these challenging times, we try to keep our portions both generous and affordable,” says manager Karen Yokoyama. “We also like to treat our guests as if they’re family.”

Among the list of good old-fashioned eats are the famous Strawberry Pancakes ($10.70) — or any stacks, for that matter — that feature batter made by hand and from scratch. “We attribute our success as The Original Pancake House to the preparation of all our mixes,” shares Yokoyama.

Loco Moco ($12)

Those seeking savory fare, meanwhile, will enjoy the bestselling oven-baked Potato Omelette ($13.75) that comes with bits of bacon and a housemade white sauce that uses sour cream as the base.

While The Original Pancake House operates as a franchise, expect a heaping Loco Moco ($12) on the “hidden” menu, which will satisfy any kamaaina craving.

“Our loco moco is homemade, not prepared, hamburger patties,” adds Yokoyama, who notes that the made-from-scratch composition makes this dish stand out in terms of flavor and texture.

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