The Original Pancake House

Fall Break is coming to a close, but I’m already readjusting to my school schedule. I’m trying to get back to sleeping normal, reasonable hours, and I’m catching up and getting ahead on my schoolwork. I’ve had an amazing break filled with fun, great memories, and most importantly, AMAZING food! And I just have to share a new breakfast place with you: The Original Pancake House.

Some might say I talk about breakfast too much, and that may be true. But trust me, this place is one of the best. I won’t bore you with pictures of decor because I know what you really want to get to, the food!

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I try to start my breakfasts with fresh fruit so I don’t feel as bad for stuffing my face with less-healthy foods later on. This fruit was perfectly fresh and the cream had just the right amount of sweetness to not be overwhelming. I had a hot chocolate with the same cream (not pictured, unfortunately) and it was the most delicious warm beverage I’ve ever had. Sorry Starbucks!

It can be hard to choose your order if you’re going for pancakes, not because the menu is difficult, but because there are 16 different varieties of pancakes (not to mention the waffles and crepes) and you’ll want to try ALL of them. Luckily for me, there was one recipe that I just couldn’t say no to: Bacon Pancakes.

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I’ve seen recipes for Bacon Pancakes everywhere, but I’ve never been able to make them myself. It’s something about the flip, I guess, or the timing…thankfully, I’ll never have to crave Bacon Pancakes for too long because the ones at TOPH are fantastic! Perfectly soft, fluffy pancakes with thick, crisp bacon. Simple and delicious, they are truly a meal on their own, especially if you order six like I did…but it’s so worth it. Let’s have another look, shall we?

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I couldn’t handle any more sides on top of a half dozen pancakes, but my date went for a delicious ham and egg scramble…

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And some delicious potatoes!

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His strawberry and banana pancakes (not on the menu, but they’ll happily let you customize your order) were as delicious as they were pretty, and came with that wonderful cream from earlier as well as a light, sweet strawberry syrup. I’m not much of a syrup fan, as you know, but this one tasted more like warm jelly. The perfect addition to those pancakes!

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We loved the food and the overall experience. The price can add up if you order as much as we did, but it’s certainly not unreasonable. Here’s the website. There are locations all around the country and even South Korea and Japan; try one out and let me know what you think! And if you happen to try the Apple Pancake, let me know how it tastes; it looks incredible!

Leave me a comment if there are any other great places I should try!

-Ash

Egg Harbor Cafe

A widely known fact about me is that I love food. I can be picky about what foods I’ll eat, and I was an extremely picky eater growing up, but for the most part I’m easy to please. And as I’ve gotten older and developed more specific tastes (or pretended to), I’ve come to love breakfast food even more. Brunch is now my second favorite meal behind late night dinners (there’s something gloriously naughty about them), and according to my loved ones, it’s really funny to see how much joy I find in a good stack of pancakes with bacon.

So naturally, when it was my turn to plan a date last Saturday that started around noon-ish, I could only think of one place to go.

Credits to Scribbles and Tostitos for this first picture!

Credits to Scribbles and Tostitos for this first picture!

A wonderful friend of mine first told me about Egg Harbor Cafe in my sophomore year. I knew I had to experience it for myself after hearing her gush about the “melt-in-your-mouth” pancakes for a good 20 minutes or so. A few weeks after her recommendation, I took my mom. Months later, I brought my dad. Now the whole family is in love with the food at EHC, so I thought it was only right to bring my guy there this summer. He probably loves breakfast/brunch foods even more than I do, so I knew he’d appreciate it. And boy, was I right. His face lit up when I surprised him with breakfast this weekend at EHC, and we went straight for our favorites.

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I’m trying to get him to like tea. He won’t admit it, but it’s working 😉

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I wanted something a little spicy, so I got an egg scrambler with chorizo sausage, spinach, and tomatoes. A perfect blend of flavors, just enough spice, and great textures. This might be my new regular order.

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My date went for the Butcher Shop omelette: bacon, ham, and sausage topped with melted Jack cheese. A lot of cheese. Enough cheese to make us look at each other like “Wut?” He swears it was still delicious, though.

I feel bad for those poor English muffins, because they really couldn’t compare to these babies…

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Fun fact: angels sang when these were brought to our table. True story.

And it’s truly not their fault. I had a nibble of the muffins to be fair before I dove in on my stack of pancakes. As always, they were fluffy, airy, and they literally melted in my mouth. I could eat them every day for the rest of my life and be happy. AND they’re whole wheat, so I wouldn’t feel bad about doing it.

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Is it weird that I don’t eat syrup?

We left full and happy, like we always do!

I highly recommend Egg Harbor Cafe if you’re trying to get out of the Emory bubble (or for my out-of-towners, if you’re in the Atlanta area). It’s fairly cheap and delicious, and one of my favorite places in the city.

Where should I eat next? I’m always on the hunt for awesome food!

Xoxo,

Ash

Folk Art

Yesterday I got together with some of my friends for brunch.

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Well, that was the goal, at least. We still made it out to eat, but by the time we sat down at Folk Art, they had JUST stopped serving brunch and moved on to their lunch menu. We were slightly bummed, but since they offer all-day breakfast options, we weren’t too disappointed.

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I could go on all day about the inside of this place, but this is about the food. Just trust me when I say it’s funky and artsy and cool, although a bit loud at times. Now, onto the food!

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Molly opted for the breakfast side of brunch and kept it simple with an omelet, toast, and grits. From what I’ve heard, it was wonderful.

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Grace and Elena got nearly-matching veggie sandwiches. One got tomato basil, and the other had roasted red pepper bisque. I heard “mmmmm’s” and “this is so good” all the way from across the table, so I think they liked it 😉

As for me? I went with a favorite.

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Two fried chicken breasts with mac and cheese, fries, and Texas toast (okay, where can I find this without having to go to a restaurant? I’m hooked!).

I underestimated the portion sizes, so I ended up taking half of it home with me. Not a problem!

We skipped dessert on account of being too full, but I’ll give them a try the next time I go. The menu has so many delicious items, and I’ll need at least one more trip.

Website here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a chicken sandwich calling my name. It may not be on Texas toast, but I have a feeling it’ll be delicious!

Ash

Ali’s Cookies

I know I said my next blog post would be about more stuff I did this summer, but this is important. But before I begin, I think it’s important that you understand how obsessed I am with cookies.

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As a kid, one of the things I looked forward to the most was going to the grocery store to get baking supplies with my mom. Sometimes we got adventurous and baked entire cakes from scratch, but most of the time we kept things simple and picked up break-and-bake Toll House cookie dough. Chocolate chip always won out because I was a very picky eater and a child of habit. I can’t tell you the number of times I sat around in the kitchen after putting the dough in the oven, watching it rise and waiting for the sweet chocolatey smell to fill the room.

I learned early, and quickly, what to look for in the perfect cookie:

  1. An ideal chocolate to dough ratio (more chocolate is better, but there is a limit).
  2. A soft middle with firmer (but not too tough) edges.
  3. The chocolate can’t be too dark, otherwise it’s just bitter and sad.
  4. Bonus points if they are warm or served with milk.

I don’t think these are super high expectations, but I’ve been disappointed too many times. I’ve had “chocolate chip” cookies that had MAYBE one or two pieces of chocolate altogether, I’ve had cookies that can’t stay together and crumble when touched, and I’ve had cookies that could probably double as hockey pucks.

Anyway, I say all of this to say that when someone announced in May that a new cookie shop (restaurant? bakery? Wonderland?) would be opened at Emory Village (basically on my campus), I got very very excited. It was slated for ‘late summer’, so every day when I drove to work at Emory I would pass the shop and see….nothing. No cookies, no people, not even a sign on the front door. August came around and I thought, “Okay, surely they’re going to open soon. Thousands of college kids are finally back, and this would be the PERFECT time to open.” I’m not much of an entrepreneur or businesswoman, but this seemed like sound logic at the time.

August went by….nothing. September went by…..and a sign was finally put up on the front door, but still no cookies! I was starting to lose hope, until FINALLY last night I stumbled upon this article in the Emory Wheel, one of my school’s newspapers. My last class today got out at 2:15 and was a convenient 5 minute walk to Ali’s. I had no choice. I had to go.

I’m not going to bore you with my impressions of the store, decor, people, or any of that other stuff. Long story short, it was cute and pleasant and I will certainly be back for the experience alone. They have tons of flavors, including red velvet, pumpkin spice, and other favorites like double chocolate and oatmeal raisin. I ordered two chocolate chunk cookies and a slice of the cookie cake and raced out, excited to find a table in the sunshine and enjoy my snack.

Unfortunately, the clouds had other ideas and I had to race inside. Still, it didn’t damper my spirits.

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My first cookie!

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Bigger than my palm, which is always a good sign.

First bite….

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You guys……it was life-changing.

I don’t know if it’s because I got chocolate chunk instead of chocolate chip, but the chocolate ratio in this cookie was perfect from the first bite to the last. The chocolate was definitely darker, but not too dark to mask the flavor and I was really able to savor it. The cookie as a whole was soft, but didn’t fall apart. The edges were firm but chewy and just…..mmmmm…..

Sorry, forgot where I was for a second.

I’m almost embarrassed at how fast I ate those cookies, but it was almost worth it. My rating? 10/10. All the stars. Every last one. If you go to Emory or if you’re ever around Emory Village or Ali’s two other locations in East Cobb and Perimeter (here’s the website), I highly recommend it.

And don’t forget to balance out all that sugar with lots of water!

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-Ash

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