Over 50 years of pancakesIt is with pleasure and family pride that I share some of the Walker Bros. history with you. In 1948, my father, Victor, and his two brothers, Everett and Dick, began what was to become four Walker Bros. Snack Shops in Evanston. By 1960, Victor and Everett continued to expand as one of the first franchisees of The Original® Pancake House from Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in culinary field, they were able to offer authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes, without compromise. Their comprehensive working knowledge created this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim, and was chosen by chef and food critic, James Beard, as one of the top ten "best" in America. Our recipes demand only the finest ingredients, such as 93-score butter, pure whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour and sausages, bacon, hickory-smoked ham, and Canadian bacon which are custom-made for us. Our coffee is made from Royal Kona select coffee beans from Hawaii and is roasted stateside so you can savor rich-bodied, perfectly balanced flavor.
It was in 1960 when we opened our first location in Wilmette on Green Bay Road. Long the standard by which pancakes houses are judged, it has stood the test of time and is by far the highest grossing pancake house in the ninety unit franchise. In 1981, we opened our Glenview location with a classic theme of solid oak, brass-leaded hanging lamps and stained glass windows. In 1987 our Arlington Heights location opened with a massive display of stained glass windows and rare brass fixtures. In 1990, we headed north to Lincolnshire on Milwaukee Avenue. We maintained the oak appearance but added an English theme. In late 1992, we opened at Port Clinton square in Highland Park. We added a beautiful atrium for a truly outdoor dining experience. In December of 2001, we opened our most recent Walker Bros. in Lake Zurich. Visit our exciting new design and vast stained glass collection. In our Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Arlington Heights and Lake Zurich locations, we have an expanded menu featuring fresh green salads and gourmet sandwiches.
Over the years, Walker Bros. The Original® Pancake House has received many accolades. Recently, we were recognized by USA Today as one of the "Top Ten Pancake Restaurants in the Nation." Zagat recognized us as a Chicago's "best breakfast - bar none" and the "north and Northwest suburban family favorite." Chicago Magazine presented us with the Critic's Choice Award for the "best breakfast" around. We were proud to receive the "Gold Cup" from Superior Coffee Company, a coveted award of excellence.
And as we continue to grow, our commitment to excellence has strengthened. This, a philosophy of personal warmth and a truly "out of the ordinary" experience will greet you at Walker Bros. The Original® Pancake House. It is my constant objective and sincere wish to serve you the finest pancakes available "anywhere." Our entire staff, at all locations, takes pleasure in serving you time and again.
Ray E. Walker