The Original Pancake House

2 recent ratings
$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Pancakes
Safety Rating
2 ratings

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3322 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

Most Recent Reviews


Celiac

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I love the OPH and understand when going there that it’ll be a limited selection. My disappointment comes from them having many “Gluten Modified” options listed and state that these items are cooked on dedicated gluten free equipment.

I was so excited and ordered waffles. I clarified I was celiac gluten free with our server and she said “the food item itself is gluten free but cooked in the same waffle iron”. I pointed out it said it was cooked in a dedicated gluten free space” and she said that wasn’t true and there wasn’t any dedicated GF cooking areas. Be sure to check your location and what they do because the menu is a lie.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 5 months ago read full review

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Not celiac friendly, they make it clear it is a shared kitchen but wow do they make good gluten free breakfast. It’s been 16 years since I had a GF waffle. I took a gluteguard pill so I wouldn’t get sick.

The waitstaff, everyone of them were amazing happy people that made my experience there above extraordinary I wish I can give them 10 stars for that but until they get a dedicated area for their gluten-free stuff I cannot

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good selection of healthy options
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I’ve come here in the past but first time since all of Covid. I personally love the GF Banana Nut Pancakes! Highly recommend. They make a note of the allergy and I have yet to ever get sick after eating here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Restaurant

Notes


Many Original Pancake House locations offer gluten free pancakes. Please speak to your server about taking the proper precautions to prevent cross contamination, if necessary.

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Celiac

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The Original Pancake House in Aliso Viejo, CA is not celiac friendly. The menu lists gluten friendly pancakes with a note that they are not for celiacs. When I asked the server if the griddle could be cleaned off before making them, she said: No they won't do that. But if you are not celiac and just want to eat GF pancakes, they are good.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Maybe it was the server I unfortunately had but I did not feel safe to eat here beyond a bowl of fruit. The gluten free pancakes are made on the same griddle; “we clean it off”. The waffles are made in the same waffle irons as non GF waffles, “ we clean that too and use it”. I’m truly happy fellow Celiacs have had success here but I find it to be too risky; thereby unsafe.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was very attentive . They have a dedicated grill and the pancakes were very tasty!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My boy got really sick after eating here. It was super busy with multiple Christmas parties and even though we spoke to manager and all about avoiding cross contamination my son got stomache ache soon after. I would not recommend coming here if you are highly allergic. Also FYI their pancakes even though can be gluten free are not dairy free because Mix has dairy in it.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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My gluten-loving friend swears that their GF pancakes are better than normal ones! Staff is trained for celiac/allergies. I recommend the banana pancakes, the apple waffle, and the potatoes - but not at the same time, because they give you huge portions.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Excellent breakfast options. Family/owners are celiac. They do have regular wheat items but all GF are cooked separately. They know how to avoid cross-contamination. Our first time was Bearkats with our local Celiac Awareness Group so that should tell you something. Again food is always very good. Limited hours open though.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Great place for breakfast or lunch! Yummy pancakes and crepes. Love the blueberry pancakes. Staff is knowledgable and accommodating.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Symptomatic Celiac

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Decided to try this OPH even though there was not a current review on FindMeGlutenFree. I was pleasantly surprised by the knowledge and concern of all staff. While not 100% safe because they prepare the gf food nearby and in same kitchen with the main menu items, I have not gotten sick at time of this review (7 hours after eating). This OPH has a dedicated fryer and in addition to eggs and meat items that are prepared separately from main menu items, you can get gf pancakes, waffles and crepes. I added blueberries to my pancakes and got the blueberry compote, which I was assured was made with corn starch and not a wheat thickener.

They do not have gf bread so you cannot order gf French toast.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Overall Rating

Review


The pancakes are prepared in the same place, on the same griddle. They did say they could clean the griddle before making mine, but I opted for the safest route- the omelette. Those are made in omelette pans that aren't used for anything else. The menu is clearly marked for the GF items. Things like sausage are cooked in flour.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Overall Rating

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There is no dedicated gluten free menu but the menu does say gluten free options available for the pancakes and the waffles

My son had the gluten free pancakes eggs and bacon. He didn’t get sick! lol which is always the most important part. Besides taste.

He said the pancakes were ok, but he’s used to homemade so that a 4 star rating from him.

Service was quick even though it was busy.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Symptomatic Celiac

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The server told us that the gluten friendly pancakes are NOT gluten free, only gluten friendly.

Do not come here if you have celiac disease. They are only “gluten friendly” for prior who don’t have an allergy and are avoiding gluten for other, non allergy, reasons.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

Celiac

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Gluten free pancakes back as of June 2024!! The pancakes are amazingly fire

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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