In 1960, Walt and Dorothy Elmer opened breakfast focused Elmer’s Colonial Pancake House in Portland, OR. Truly a family owned and operated labor of love, Walt, Dorothy, and their three sons poured their hearts into serving the local community. It was an immediate success thanks to their commitment to bringing people together for home-style cooking, using only the finest ingredients.
Built on the foundation of Walt Elmer’s famous buttermilk pancakes, the original recipe for pancake batter was purchased for $1,000 and rumor has it that Walt kept it locked in his safe. We still use Walt’s original recipe today!
Over the years, the menu was expanded with lunch and dinner items and the restaurant became Elmer’s Pancake & Steakhouse. In 1966, Elmer’s began franchising and continues to grow to this day.
Today, we continue to honor the values of the Elmer’s family by delivering seasonally fresh entrees and premium, made-from-scratch favorites served with care in a warm, inviting family atmosphere. As a group of locally-owned restaurants, we take pride in our local communities, source Northwest fresh ingredients, and are proud to have the most wonderful, loyal Guests.
Including the newest addition, Egg N’ Joe, there are now 29 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Arizona.
We invite you to continue making us your home for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Elmer’s offers seasonally fresh entrees and premium, made-from-scratch favorites in a warm, comfortable and inviting family dining experience.
For over 50 years, we have built a reputation of delivering exceptional meals at great value to our Guests. Built on the foundation of Walt Elmer’s famous buttermilk pancakes, we have established a Northwest tradition as the leaders in traditional breakfast fair and family dining.
Today, we have expanded our offerings to include delicious lunch and dinner selections, while focusing on the friendly and responsive service that has earned the respect of our loyal patrons.
Our commitment is to quality- in our ingredients, the meals we create, and service we provide to our Guests.
From the coastal rainforests to the mighty Columbia, we live in a region that looks and tastes like none other in the world. As the seasons change, so should our menu- we inspire our Guests with entrée creations that harvest the freshest seasonal ingredients, direct from the farm. We’re so proud of our seasonal offerings that we headline our menu with it each and every season. Our culinary inspiration stems from the changing seasons and our unique geography- from our fresh seafood, berries, mushrooms and greens, to our sweet onions, cherries, hazelnuts, potatoes and plethora of fruit varieties.
At Elmer’s, we’re proud to partner with many Northwest companies that supply local Northwest ingredients to bring you the freshest, most flavorful meals available.