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April 25, 2008 4:10 PM

Let's talk breakfast

Posted by Nancy Leson

Helen Kong asks: "What's with the Seattle brunch scam? My friends and I often complain how very few places (other than Denny's) offer something sweet (waffles) with something savory (bacon or potatoes). You always have to pony up an additional $2-$3 for the savory. Is this just standard restaurant biz?"

I'm thinking it's just standard resto-biz, Helen, since it's cheap enough to make a waffle or a pancake, but costs real money to put meat (bacon, sausage, ham) alongside it. It's been too long since I've had a Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's, and when the need for bacon, eggs and pancakes strikes, my breakfast-place-of-choice is the fantabulous Original Pancake House.

Prices have certainly risen at OPH (and everywhere, given the uptick in the cost of dairy products, wheat and other commodities) since I wrote this glowing review after Ken Naito opened his first local version of the Portland-based chain. (He's since opened a second, in Crown Hill.) But for my money, you're getting some mighty delicious buttermilk pancakes alongside the eggs-and-meat combos there -- though I wish they served better coffee. I'm a sucker for the Cherry Kiafa crepes and Dutch Babies served at OPH, and as Helen suggests, I have to pay extra for a sausage patty (and "real" maple syrup, if I want it).

So, what say you, folks? Where can Helen find happiness, and a good deal on the sweet-and-savory b'fast foods she craves?

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