Reviews and Such Restaurants

Pancake House-Pembina Highway

The original Pancake House location on Pembina Highway closed in February. 2022 after operating in that location for 63 years.

The Original Pancake House in Winnipeg has four locations. When I wrote the original review it was based on visits to the Pembina Highway location. The other location I’ve been to over the years is the one located at The Forks. The Forks Pancake House is located in the main market building right at the Southeast corner of the building.

May 7th, 2019 update.

1 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9
Phone: 204-947-5077
Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pancake House Coffee
The Pancake House offers a bottomless cup of coffee when you order it with your meal.

In the pot below I mentioned that the Pancake House on Pembina was one restaurant that I associated with a certain in memory, in that case as a place for meetings. Sure enough, yesterday’s visit to The Forks location was also for a meeting. I’ve mentioned previously that St. Philip’s is in a time of transition. Well, this is a common experience in several of the parishes in our Diocese. So, a few of priests decided to get together to exchange notes and ideas on how we can work together to help our parishes thrive during uncertain times. 
We chose The Forks to meet because it’s fairly central, our parishes are stretched out all over Winnipeg, and there are a lot of options if you want a beverage or a bite to eat. The Pancake House also a good range of food beyond pancakes so it allows for people to make picks that suit them.

A variety of toppings for my Pancake House Oatmeal.
There was plenty of milk, and blueberries for the oatmeal, but the brown sugar was a little scant.

It seemed that I spent the weekend doing nothing but eating I would go with something a little lighter for my order. I had hoped to find something like a cinnamon bun on the menu, but there weren’t any desserts listed. Instead I went for the next best thing, a bowl of oatmeal. I was kind of amusing when the orders were brought out, because on the tray were plates containing some my colleague’s meals, all I received was the plate containing my toppings. 

Oatmeal for lunch
The bowl of oatmeal did in fact arrive, shortly after the toppings.

However, I didn’t really have to wait all that long for the oatmeal itself to arrive. This wasn’t all that light in the end, as their was a good bowlful of the oatmeal. I really liked the fact that there was also a good serving of the blueberries, and the milk. After finishing the bowl of oatmeal I still ended up with about a quarter of glass full of milk. 
The Restaurant wasn’t particularly full when we arrived, but it wasn’t empty either. We were seated in the little sun room area that sits across from the main area. Our server was very prompt, friendly, and came back three or four times during our times to make sure that our coffees remained filled and hot. 
I don’t have pictures of my colleagues meals, but they looked quite good. One was a German Pancake. The priest who ordered it described it as a sweet Yorkshire Pudding served with lemon and icing sugar. Another person ordered the clubhouse and it came stacked high with a large portion of chips, but like my brown sugar, a small portion of cole slaw. I didn’t actually notice the fourth meal as the table favours cut off the view. 
Being that this location is located in The Forks it is accessible with The Forks also containing accessible washrooms as well. 
I’ve sometimes written about how hard it is to find an early morning breakfast place on a Saturday morning. However this location is open by 7:30 am on Saturdays, and the Pembina Highway location is open at 7:00 am. So I’ll want to keep that in mind for future Saturday Mornings. 
Hopefully yesterday is also the start of more conversations about what it means for us to transition as parishes. Particularly about what it means to move forward with different relationships to our buildings that we have now.

1049 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, MB R3T 1Z6
Phone: 204-452-1040
Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

I have to admit, I don’t have a lot of memories connected to specific restaurants. One or two but not a lot. The Original Pancake House on Pembina Highway is one of the few, and even then it’s more an association than a memory. I associate the Pancake House with meetings. Whether they be committee meetings, or brainstorming meetings, or occasionally meetings with someone such as the Bishop. Almost every trip to the Pancake House has been for some sort of meeting.

Parking lot sign.
A shot of the pancake house sign, taken through the snow.

This last week I went by myself for breakfast, but just prior to that I had been their with some colleagues from the Diocese. One of the aspects of the restaurant that makes it such a good place for groups to gather is that there are a lot of tables, and they are far enough apart that you feel you have enough privacy for your conversations.

Pancake House Breakfast:

The Pancake House menu has a large range of options on it.  So many in fact that even if you dislike pancakes, you can still find plenty of alternatives to satisfy your hunger. When I went on the evening to meet with my colleagues I wasn’t overly hungry so I decided to go with the poutine. I’d describe it as meh. The gravy tasted like it came from a package and they used grated marble cheese rather than cheese curds. Still. it’s an improvement over plain fries, especially if. like me, you don’t like ketchup.

Breakfast special
The Pancake House breakfast special

The coffee is a little thin tasting, but it’s a bottomless cup, and sometimes that’s enough to make it worthwhile.


There are again a large variety of breakfast items, and it’s served all day. I headed in early when I went, so I could catch the breakfast special which is served between 7 am and    10 am. The breakfast consists of bacon, eggs, hash browned potatoes, and toast or pancakes. Naturally, since I was visiting the Pancake House, I went with the pancakes, along with getting my eggs scrambled.

Original Pancake House Coffee.
Coffee from the Original Pancake House

Also, with Shrove Tuesday coming up pancakes seemed to be a good idea to help start putting me in the right frame of mind.
They’ve clearly got this special down pat, as I had barely placed my order before it arrived at my table. Despite the speed everything on the plate was well cooked. The bacon was crispy, the potatoes were just going soft, and the eggs were well scrambled. The pancakes arrived on the side, which is good as they didn’t absorb any of the fat from the other food. I also liked the fact that I received a full container of syrup. Along with that my servers returned twice to enable me to get more coffee.
One thing that I noticed, and that stood out more in the morning than in the evening was the amount of empty tables. This was also the case when we went in the evening, but that time was close to closing time. It struck me that the Pancake House isn’t doing quite as well as it was once doing. It will be interesting to see what kind of an effect any long-term changes to the Pembina Hotel might have. That is if the hotel ends up making any changes.
The Original Pancake House makes a great place for a cheap family meal out. It is still also a great place for holding meetings. I hope it stays a fixture on Pembina Highway for many years to come.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.