Happy Jack Pancake House

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 54 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Pancakes, Breakfast
86% of 36 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2504 N Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842 Directions

(410) 289-7377
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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 months ago

    This is our favorite breakfast place in OC! They are so gf-friendly and the vibe there is so comfortable and upbeat. Can't say enough great things! They are knowledgable about allergies and quite accommodating. Highly recommend!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    I told them I have a food allergy (gluten), of course I actually have celiac, but I've found that saying "food allergy" gets the appropriate response. They're gluten free pancake and waffle menu is extensive and very yummy. Their service is excellent and they take special care to make sure my food is prepare properly. I’ve eaten here many times over the course of three years. The only times I’ve ever gotten sick were when I ordered something other than pancakes (omelette, scrambled eggs) and it was due to cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    I love having options. Pancakes are delicious, especially the cinnamon roll pancakes!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 months ago

    Great breakfast place! I had the gluten free pancakes which are safe also for a soy and nut allergy. Waffles are not safe for nut allergic people. Great service!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 months ago

    They have GF waffles and pancakes and you can order real maple syrup!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    This place has a wide variety of gluten free pancakes and waffles! Their GF menu is on the entire back page of their actual menu. I had the Elvis Pancakes which were awesome, and my boyfriend who also has celiac had the strawberry waffles and said “they were banging”. Definitely will come back here for breakfast in the future when visiting OCMD!!!

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    5 rating
    4 months ago

    Absolutely wonderful place! My 8 year old loved it! Wide variety to choose from

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    5 months ago

    They have specialty GF pancakes & waffles!!!!! We ate there every morning of our beach vacation. Super friendly staff that remembered we were GF by our second visit. Thinking about coming back to Ocean City next year so we can have pancakes every morning again!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Gluten free pancakes and waffles!! I had the cheesesteak omelet with a side of gf pancakes and they were both delicious. Very knowledgeable, well trained servers! Gf pancakes are made on a separate griddle! They have both agave and maple syrup options for gf syrup. I am pretty sensitive and did not get I’ll. Can’t wait to go back!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 months ago

    The chocolate chip pancakes were amazing. The waitor, Daniel B., was also super knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely going back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    Big list of GF options to choose from. GF pancakes were good, though be careful about the syrup on the table. They have agave syrup for the GF pancakes. Service was friendly, the food came out fast and the price was reasonable for a resort town.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    Amazing menu and staff. No issues eating here or later.

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Server Brittany is amazingly knowledgeable on GF, even mentioned the special syrup without me asking and told me about the GF batter. ENTIRE MENU of GF options! (I have hashimotos, not celiac, so I didn't ask if food touched ,etc)

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Incredibly large gluten free menu and servers very knowledgeable. Had delicious gluten free blueberry waffle. Server pointed out that I should not use the table syrup as it may not be gluten free. Pure maple syrup is available. Special thank you to our server Nikki!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    An amazing gf bfast! A big selection!

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    So many gluten free breakfast options. Pancakes, waffles, home fries and I believe toast. Great spot but waited 45 minutes so get there early!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Be sure to ask for the GF syrup. Separate griddle used but frier is shared. Pancakes and eggs are your best bet. Had seafood omelette and the cheddar bay sauce is also GF.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    So many options for GF. An entire menu of pancakes. The regular stack of pancakes was delicious. Couldn't tell they were GF. Very friendly staff. It gets busy but they move people through and it's worth the wait.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Mentioned to the waitress that our gluten free order was due to celiac, not food preference and was told all the pancakes are cooked together on the same cooktop. When I asked to speak to someone in the kitchen she told me that in all her years she never heard of anyone getting sick. I should have pushed a little more as my son ended up getting sick from it. Unfortunately we won't be able to return to this restaurant.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Awesome food! I was able to get gluten free cinnamon bun pancakes. They have a full gluten free menu for breakfast. Just be careful of the home fries, they are on the gluten free menu, but they are not cooked in gluten free oil. The waitresses were knowledgeable enough to mention the chance of crops contamination!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Not celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    A friendly place for breakfast. Gluten free menu but home fries are fried with an oil that contains gluten. GF omelettes and pancakes are delicious!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Amazing GLUTEN FREE menu and food! 🍴 no signs of CC, customer service was fabulous. Servings are huge! We will DEFINITELY be back!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Good food, knowledgeable staff, quick service, lots of GF options. The one thing that sneaked into the GF menu is the home fries, fried with battered items.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Amazing blueberry pancakes! Had a full, wonderful breakfast! They have special syrup made from blue agave they will bring you! Coming back tomorrow morning.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    We had a delicious breakfast here. The omelettes were great and gf pancakes light and fluffy. They also have little bottles of Vermont pure maple syrup for $1.99 now so I didn't have to miss out on syrup as I noticed in previous reviews. Yum!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Excellent waffle! I had the strawberry waffle no agave no syrup. It was wonderful don't eat the fried items! They all get fried together.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Excellent service and choices great staff!

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Dining out when you have food allergies in the family can be hard. The folks at Happy Jack's made this much easier. So much so that we made multiple trips while we were there. Absolutely delicious meals especially the GF pancakes.

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    4 rating
    2 years ago

    Overall good breakfast. I ended up bringing my own gf syrup based on the previous comments. The pancakes were awesome The only weird part of the visit, is that they have home fries on the gluten free menu, but they are NOT gluten free. My waitress advised me the potatoes are gf until we cook them. Meaning they deep fry them like french fries end the grease is used for frying battered products

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    I enjoyed the gluten free blueberry pancakes, however, I wish they would offer real maple syrup. The table syrup was not gluten free and their gluten free option was agave syrup, which had no maple flavor. I would have been happy to pay a little extra for real maple syrup.

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    2 rating
    2 years ago

    Very very mediocre at best. Won't go back.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    Very good pancakes and waffles, and wide selection for a GF menu! Very quick service!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    They have a large gluten free menu on the back page of the regular menu. The food all came out very fast and tasted great!!

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Nice gf menu, delicious pancakes

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Very happy with their GF choices, menu, staff and care they took to make sure I felt safe.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    delicious! Wide array of GF pancakes and waffles. Very knowledgeable wait staff - was able to recommend other items on menu that were gluten free. Good coffee. Highly recommend!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Great service and great experience. She told me they *do* have a dedicated area for cooking gluten free *and* they have waffles which were delicious! No gluten free syrup. Agave nectar instead so maybe consider adding a sweet topping to your pancakes or waffle and either whipped cream or ice cream. Beats syrup anyways ;)

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    They were very knowledgeable about cross contamination and the gluten free items are cooked on a separate dedicated grill. My daughter loved the gluten free pancakes!

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    We figured out I had Celiac only a year ago, so I was super excited when I found out I could eat pancakes here. It's a long wait, but you have a lot of options for pancakes and waffles. The only downside is you can't eat the regular syrup. They give you something called Blue Agave Nectar that tastes like honey, and I think it's a bit too sweet for pancakes. It made me a little sick. All and all, definitely worth a try!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    i gave this stars bc there were so many options to choose from i had eggs sausage and blueberry pancakes..not sick at all the pancakes were amazing...the waitress was not very attentive but they were very knowledgable about gluten and cross contamination

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    The first plus was they answer the phone when you call. my 10 y.o. son loved being able to get a gf Belgian waffle. The food was good and averaged 9.00 per person. they upcharged .99 for adding gf as well .99 for each additional request. ie pecans. they dont have dedicated equipment for gf but they wipe down the grill. service was pleasant. the food came out quick. we ate here twice as laytons on 92 nd was closed all week.

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    Not celiac
    2 rating
    4 years ago

    Nice size gluten free breakfast menu. Waffle wasn't very tasty and breakfast was overpriced.

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    4 rating
    4 years ago

    They have a great selection of gluten free pancakes and waffles. The wait is a bit long but still worth it!

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    4 rating
    4 years ago

    Gf pancakes were very good and a great selection. Server was accommodating. They r clear that they just wipe down the grill and use clean utensils b4 cooking gf. Would prefer to see a dedicated surface but our celiacs son showed no ill side affects but it was a little risky.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Good pancakes. full page gluten free options

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Happy Jacks...not so happy. Had their gluten free chocolate chip pancakes and have been sick for the last 3 hours. Not sure they do much, if anything, to prevent cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Asked about their procedures to prevent cross contamination. They said they wipe down the waffle maker before they use it, which I knew would make me sick, but that the gf pancakes had their own spot on the grill. I decided to take the risk because I was hungry, but I regretted it about 20 minutes later when I realized my pancake had been cced. I don't recommend this place for celiacs.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Awesome gluten free pancakes! I had the blueberry and a side of turkey sausage. Really fresh, great tasting pancakes. Ocean city is limited on gluten free-I have found my new breakfast spot.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    6 years ago

    Lots of options but not sure how careful they are about criss contamination. Got sick immediately.

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    5 rating
    6 years ago

    excellent gluten free options. gf menu is offered right on the back of the reg menu and staff seems knowledgeable about cross contamination!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Breakfast
Monday
7 am - 1 pm
Tuesday
7 am - 1 pm
Wednesday
7 am - 1 pm
Thursday
7 am - 1 pm
Friday
7 am - 1 pm
Saturday
7 am - 1 pm
Sunday
7 am - 1 pm

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