Doctoring the Dos Equis Man’s pitch line: I don’t always eat pancakes, but when I do, I prefer Orphan’s.
This neighborhood spot isn’t owned by Dos Equis’ “most interesting man in the world”, but Orphans Chris Pendarvis, who also owns several Naked Coffee shops downtown and is planning a supper club in Oak Park, does seem to believe life should be lived interestingly.
That includes his Orphan Breakfast House, a stray eatery near the Cannery Business Park on 34th and “C”. It succeeds by serving good, fresh-tasting breakfasts and lunches.
Surviving in this location isn’t automatic. Before Orphan arrived, Moxie, Jr. used to live here. So did Madam Frog’s, Sapor and Soprattutto. They all had good food. They just didn’t last in this out-of-the-way location.
Pendarvis has found a way to make it work. This is a family spot for locals. Casual. Upbeat. Trustworthy food for every sized appetite.
Orphan introduces itself as my kind of restaurant before I’ve even sat down. Each table has two bottles on it: one of Tapatio hot sauce; one of real maple syrup. The breakfast menu has a bunch of egg and potato variations, breakfast versions of burritos, quesadillas and tamales, and my pancakes – all targets for one of the two tabled condiments.
There may be other pancakes on the specials board. But I have been delighted with banana blackberry pancakes (“bananas and blackberries folded into three fresh buttermilk pancakes garnished with fresh fruit puree”) and the blueberry cornmeal pancakes (“loads of fresh blueberries gently folded into three of our house made cornmeal pancakes garnished with fresh fruit puree.”)
And if I were a coffee drinker, I expect I’d enjoy their site-roasted Naked Lounge varieties.
Dos Equis’ most interesting man in the world can cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room. For the rest of us, the cure is in the dining room at Orphan Breakfast House.