Its hard not to resist several breakfast visits to The Original
Pancake House in southwest Ankeny, especially when someone
else is picking up the tab. I and my companions enjoyed huge,
fluffy, six egg omelettes, a surprisingly unique oven-baked pancake,
sides of home fries and sausage, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and an
unexpected lagniappe from George Nicholson, formerly the grill cook
at Mr. Filet Steakhouse.
oven baked Dutch Baby pancake. Rather like a
browned crêpe, puffy around the sides but thin in the center.
Served with sides of whipped butter, lemon, and powdered sugar,
right. I found it took only a little of each to accentuate my
pancake. Either bananas or berries can be added for an extra
are huge affairs! Six eggs go into making one of these puffy
delights. An Irish omelette, left, comes studded with tasty
flecks of corned beef. I lusted over my dining companion's green
chile and Monterey pepper jack omelette, right. Its mildly
spicy, so a few drops of Cholula may be in order.
pancakes, left, are lightly crisp and come with sides of
applesauce and sour cream. Home fries, right, are well seasoned
and browned. I'd gladly enjoy these on a plate with a couple of
fried eggs on top.
sausage, left, compliments a forkful of pancake quite nicely.
Pulpy, fresh squeezed orange, center, and grapefruit juices are
a nice start to breakfast. An unexpected non-menu item plate of
hand-grated hash browns, right, from George Nicholson was a
treat! George's hash browns are one of the things I miss most
about Mr. Filet. That and the Greek omelet, and George, …and
George too! George Hatzigiannakis that is, Mr. Filet's
Now let's see if we can convince OPH to offer a small Mr. Filet
tribute breakfast menu on the side.