Ask anyone who lives in Birmingham where to go for breakfast and you will get the same answer: OHOP or The Original Pancake House. Whenever I am in Birmingham and have the opportunity to get breakfast, I come here. I was under the impression that this place was a Birmingham staple, a place that was founded right here in Alabama in someones grandmother’s kitchen or something. when I sat down to write this review I was surprised to find out that it is actually a franchise that originated in Portland, OR! Normally I stay away from chains but since this place is the only one in the state of Alabama and it has been around since 1953, I figured I would make an exception. They also qualify as a Triburban favorite due to their international dishes. There is the Danish Kijafa Cherry crepe, the Dutch Baby, Swedish and Hawaiian pancakes.
If you can, try coming here early on weekends or on a weekday. They are closed on Mondays for breakfast according to Urbanspoon. There is almost always a wait but they turn the tables fairly quickly. There are many things to choose from on the menu and the service is fast.
I usually get the Swedish pancakes. They are really crepes with lingon berry jam but they are the closest thing I could find, unless I make them myself. I must say that the crepes are delicious. They have a wide variety of pancakes, so if you are a fan, this is the place for you.
During my most recent visit, I tried my friend’s omelet and it was surprisingly good. I am not a huge fan of omelet but apparently the secret of OHOP is mixing some pancake batter in with the eggs. I know, sounds weird but it makes the omelet melt in your mouth. It looks more like a calzone and trust me, you will not need any sides with this meal. If you still decide to order some, be prepared to leave with a to go box.
I will say that this is not a place where you sit for hours and sober up from last night’s escapades. It is a diner where you eat your food in close proximity to the other patrons and you leave. This place is very popular and if you are anything like me, you will feel the pressure to get up and pay your bill as soon as you finish that last bite.
Overall, if you ever find yourself in the little 5 points neighborhood of Birmingham, AL around breakfast time, do pay OHOP a visit. You will be glad you did.
The Original Pancake house is located in Birmingham:
1931 11th Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205