Some might wonder if a pancake house and a gym would make uneasy neighbors, but in Bluffton's Bridge Center, they share the same goal-a healthier you.
The Original Pancake House has launched a new "Powerhouse Fitness" menu, and owner Juana Jim (affectionately known as "J.J.") says patrons on their way to and from aerobics classes, tennis matches, the golf course and even the beach enjoy the wide variety of heart-healthy, weight conscious selections.
A well-recognized name across the nation with a reputation for high quality and affordable breakfast meals, the Original Pancake House owes its success to the dedication of individual owners.
In the Lowcountry, patrons have come to expect a variety of good food and courteous professional service from J.J. and the rest of the TOPH staff. "Customers are considered friends and we want them to feel at home," said JJ.
One way to feel at home is to try a bowl of the restaurants old fashioned, homemade slow cooked oatmeal. It's served with fresh milk, ripe bananas and rich brown sugar.
The coffee at the Original Pancake House is specially ground, roasted and blended for the company. Fresh squeezed orange juice is another healthy reminder of home.
All the Original Pancake House's recipes demand only the finest ingredients, such as fresh eggs, unbleached wheat flour, and the company's secret recipe for sourdough starter. All batters and sauces are made fresh in the restaurant's kitchen.
The heart-healthy, weight-friendly menu selections will be especially welcome as people prepare for the holidays, a season traditionally given over to overeating. Choices include a turkey bacon omelet made with three fluffy fresh eggs, low fat turkey bacon, and Swiss cheese. It's served with fresh fruit. Also delicious is the Oriental chicken salad with Asian ginger dressing, with marinated grilled chicken over fresh Romaine lettuce, with mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and chopped tomatoes. Also, bowls of fresh seasonal fruit are always available ($3.50 small; $5.95 large). Of course, the regular Original Pancake House menu items are still available.
The restaurant also serves gluten-free pancakes, a welcome addition for people who have gluten allergies or are following a wheat-free diet and may have missed out on treats such as pancakes for a long time. The gluten free version can be made with chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries, fabulous Georgia pecans and other flavors.
With all these options, regular customers and first-timers alike are sure to enjoy happy, healthy holidays.