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Not exactly going out on a limb saying that. Because pretty much anyone you talk to has at least heard of the Original Pancake House in Edina, even if they haven’t been there. And if they’ve been there, they just give you a knowing smile.
When I interviewed the owner, Denise McGee, she told me that the restaurant was recently remodeled. But when I walked in, it didn’t feel any different. It still has that feeling like you’re walking into an upscale restaurant, not a “pancake house.” And maybe that’s part of the mystique.
I thought the Original Pancake House was a Minneapolis exclusive but it’s actually a franchise out of Seattle, started in 1953. The Edina Original Pancake House was opened in 1977 and was bought in 1994 by Denise’s husband, former Green Bay Packer receiver Max McGee. When Max died in 2007, Denise became sole owner.
Okay, let’s talk about the food. The prices are reasonable. In fact they are extremely reasonable when you take into consideration how good the food is. They have a broad array of pancakes (duh, it’s a pancake house) including an apple soufflé pancake ($9.25) that is astounding. It comes out 3”-4” tall and then collapses in front of you under the weight of apples and cinnamon glaze.
However, there’s a lot more to enjoy here. Such as the 4-egg soufflé omelettes that come with 3 buttermilk pancakes for around $9. And, of course, meat and egg variations for around $8 to $9. And all kinds of waffles and crepes for around $6 to $7. (Most of them available in half-orders).
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