Ye Olde Pancake House
2421 W 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 344-7830

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5

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I am trying to think of something to say about Ye Olde Pancake House, but my mind keeps drifting before I can get anything on paper. It’s hard to describe. It’s just so…so so. There’s nothing really bad or good to say about it. Of course, that could be seen as a wonderful reliability on their part, or it could be seen as a not-so-wonderful drabness. Which one is it? You be the judge.

Well, let’s take a look first at the decor. There it is…uhhh…it’s nothing special. Sort of a 70’s-ish, Denny’s-ish, IHOP-ish, Elbonian mix of features with a strong dose of UO-hyperbooster strewn about the place. Does it bother me? No. But is it even slightly memorable or does it add to the overall eating experience? No. No.

The service is nothing special either, aside from the fact that the servers seem to be oddly Amazonian in height (the opposite of Elbonian)…At least one of them has that I-am-a-skinny-model-but-don’t-stand-out-at-all-without-makeup look. They semi-bustle about the place, take your order with semi-interest, and deliver it to your table half-fast in a semi-friendly sort of way. If you order one of the cheap (i.e. low tip generating) breakfast specials, you might just see a tiny hint of a frown cross their face for a microsecond. If you blink, you’ll miss it. That’s about all the emotion you gonna get out of them.

The food is also a rather uneventful affair. It’s definitely not very good, but it’s also not bad. There just seems to have been very little thought given to the food. It’s as basic as you can get without becoming a military MRE (look it up). Serving sizes tend to be on the small side, which I guess is perfect for the smallish senior citizens that pack this place on weekday mornings. From time to time, you will catch a glimpse of some hulking college football players heading towards the banquet room in the back, so I assume they have a special hulking menu for them. Otherwise, they would be able to down a breakfast special in one bite.

Even the name of this place is boring and generic: “Pancake House”. Wow, that’s sooo original. The addition of the Renaissance-Fair-ish “Ye Olde” really does nothing except annoy me when I am forced to say the name out loud. The acronym doesn’t work either: YOPH. Catchy.

In summary, it’s not a winner, nor is it a loser. It’s just there. If you are looking for something reliable, smallish servings, and slightly-sub-Denny’s in taste, then head on over to Ye Semi-Olde Sub-Denny’s Boring Pancake House. You not only won’t be disappointed, you won’t even remember eating there 10 minutes after you leave.

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5

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