The city of Puyallup in Washington state lies less than an hour from the metropolitan areas of Tacoma and Seattle, but miles apart from both in lifestyle and ambiance. Named for the local Puyallup Native-American tribe, the city maintains a strong tie to the earth, with agriculture as the economic mainstay for over 100 years. Local produce and fertile farmlands are celebrated at the Puyallup Fair every September and in small farmer's markets throughout the region. Restaurants serving hearty breakfasts prepared the old-fashioned way are easy to find along main roadways and hidden side streets.
Original Pancake House
Original Pancake House in the South Hill area of Puyallup (ophpuyallup.com) is part of a national chain of restaurants, but is well known for made-from-scratch breakfasts, specializing in waffles, pancakes, crepes and oven-baked stuffed omelets. It is a true breakfast restaurant and doesn't diversify with dinner menu items, though it does stay open until 8 p.m. serving "breakfast for dinner." Signature dishes include apple pancakes drizzled with cinnamon sugar glaze, oven-baked Dutch Babies and home-ground corned beef hash. The buttermilk batter is made fresh on site with an aged sourdough starter, bacon is sliced at 1/4 inch thick, butter is whipped fresh every day, and orange juice is squeezed fresh when ordered. The establishment is on Meridian Avenue East, near the Pierce County Airport.
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