Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Family recipe guides Nick’s Original House of Pancakes’ from-scratch meals

ANN ARBOR, MI — Nick Panos takes pride in his “from-scratch kitchen.”

“We crack our own eggs,” said Panos, owner of Nick’s Original House of Pancakes in Ann Arbor. “We make our own batter.”

The batter recipe, a close-kept secret, was created by his aunt, also a local restaurant owner.

Nick’s Original House of Pancakes, 3030 Lohr Circle, celebrates its 13th anniversary in December, Panos said. The restaurant focuses on breakfast food, serving up omelets, biscuits and gravy and, of course, pancakes.

“Obviously, pancakes are the highlight,” Panos said.

Panos serves the classics — including chocolate chip, banana and strawberry pancakes — as well as potato pancakes, multigrain pancakes and “fruit explosion” pancakes, which feature blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Nick’s Original House of Pancakes also serves seasonal pancakes, with summer’s lemongrass blueberry turning into pumpkin pancakes with the arrival of fall.

“The seasonal ones are always hot,” Panos said.

Serving locally-sourced food is important to Panos. The burgers on his lunch menu use meat from Knight’s Market.

“We support local because we are local,” Panos said.

Nick’s Original House of Pancakes is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dine-in, carryout and delivery are all available.

MORE ANN ARBOR LOCAL EATS:

Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Cosa Sabrosa in Ann Arbor offers unique birria tacos

Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Ypsilanti’s Crazy Crab specializes in Louisiana-style crab boil

Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Bon Appetit Cuisine brings West African flavors to Ypsilanti

Local Eats: Le Bon Macaron is Ann Arbor’s very own Parisian cafe

Local Eats: Ann Arbor’s 327 Braun Court pivots to Neapolitan pizza, novelty ice cream

Local Eats: Blimpy Burger has been slinging award-winning patties since 1953

Local Eats: Ginger Deli returns to Ann Arbor’s Liberty Street with pho and banh mi

Local Eats: Silvio’s Trattoria e Pizzeria offers authentic, organic Italian cuisine

Local Eats: Ann Arbor’s Juicy Kitchen offers fresh, custom take on brunch and to-go treats

Local Eats: Loomi Cafe offers eclectic menu in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown

Local Eats: Alpha Koney Island reborn as Alpha Diner in Ann Arbor area

Local Eats: Moon-Sky’s cheesesteak truck slings simple, savory sandwiches

Local Eats: Metzger’s German restaurant has survived depressions, wars and a pandemic

Local Eats: Ann Arbor’s Jagged Fork features breakfast and boozy brunches

Local Eats: Jim Brady’s adds ‘show-stopping’ apps, new pastas, salads at Ann Arbor restaurant

Local Eats: Chelsea Burger brings fast casual concept to historic downtown space

Local Eats: Frank’s Place keeps family pizza tradition alive in Manchester

Local Eats: Smokehouse 52 serving “comfort food” during COVID in Saline, Chelsea

Local Eats: Chelsea’s newest restaurant is burger joint meets sushi bar and more

Local Eats: L.A.’s ‘Bao Boys’ bring steamed-bun sliders to Ann Arbor via food truck

Local Eats: Gora’s Grill continues vegetarian tradition in Ypsilanti fast-casual space

Local Eats: Childhood friends, EMU alums open Halal burger joint in Ypsi

Local Eats: Ann Arbor’s Earthen Jar pivots from buffet style to Thali feast on a plate

Local Eats: Sip a cocktail or try steak on toast at Raven’s Club in Ann Arbor

Local Eats: Try a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine at Ann Arbor’s Ayse’s Cafe

Local Eats: Miss Kim serves a taste of Korean zing in Ann Arbor

Local Eats: Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagies has been serving sandwiches for 60 years

Local Eats: Taco Tuesday, margaritas keep Maiz Mexican Cantina lively in Ypsilanti

Local Eats: Old Town Tavern has served downtown Ann Arbor for nearly 50 years

Local Eats: Jamaican Jerk Pit serves a taste of the Caribbean in downtown Ann Arbor

Local Eats: Relish Red Hawk’s comfort food in Ann Arbor

Local Eats: Savor a bowl of ramen at Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor