Step into a slice of the Pacific Northwest's culinary history at Elmer's Restaurant, a beloved eatery that's been a family favorite since 1960. Started by Walt and Dorothy Elmer in Portland, Oregon as Elmer's Colonial Pancake House, this breakfast-centric spot became an instant hit. The secret? A hearty serving of passion from Walt, Dorothy, and their three sons, combined with a dedication to home-style cooking and the finest northwest ingredients.
Elmer's Restaurant - A Pacific Northwest Tradition
Want to know the star of the show? Walt Elmer's famous buttermilk pancakes. The original recipe, rumored to have been bought for $1,000, is such a treasure that Walt reportedly kept it locked in a safe. This recipe continues to be a cornerstone of the menu today, a testament to the enduring legacy of those humble beginnings.
Over the years, Elmer's expanded its menu to include lunch and dinner options, evolving into Elmer's Pancake & Steakhouse. By 1966, the restaurant's success led to franchising, and today, Elmer's proudly operates 29 locations across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and Arizona, including the Egg N’ Joe addition. Despite it's growth, Elmer's has remained true to its roots, offering seasonally fresh entrees and made-from-scratch favorites in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.
At Elmer's, the focus is on quality and community. Sourcing fresh, local Northwest ingredients, the restaurant has become a staple in the Willamette Valley and along the I-5 Corridor. The commitment to local suppliers not only ensures the freshest flavors but also supports the regional economy.
Mouthwatering Meals That'll Make You Want To Come Back For More
The menu at Elmer's is a reflection of the rich culinary landscape of the Pacific Northwest. From coastal rainforests to the mighty Columbia River, the region offers a unique array of produce and seafood that Elmer's skillfully incorporates into its seasonal offerings. Guests can expect a changing menu that highlights the best of what the season has to offer, from fresh seafood to berries, mushrooms, greens, sweet onions, cherries, hazelnuts, potatoes, and a variety of fruits.
Elmer's isn't just about pancakes. The menu boasts a variety of mouth-watering dishes. The chicken apple sausage crepes (seasonal), filled with chicken apple sausage, vegetables, and topped with Hollandaise sauce, are a must-try. Seafood lovers will delight in the Crabacado Omelet, featuring real Northwest Dungeness crab and smokehouse bacon.
For a twist on a classic, the German pancake with strawberry combo is a sweet treat, while the stuffed hash brown meal offers a savory indulgence. Don't miss the bacon & Tillamook potato cakes & eggs for a true taste of the Northwest.
Elmer's doesn't only serve up delicious breakfasts. The restaurant also offers a variety of sandwiches, including the club, the smokehouse BLTA, prime rib, and the Reuben, alongside burgers, fresh salads, soups, prime rib, chicken fried steak, and much more.
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Elmer's Restaurant is more than just a place to eat; it's a celebration of the Northwest's culinary heritage. With a commitment to quality, community, and seasonal freshness, Elmer's offers a dining experience that's deeply rooted in the traditions and flavors of the region. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Elmer's is a welcoming spot for all who seek a taste of home-style cooking and local flair.