If you are looking for a great breakfast spot in North Phoenix, look no further than Original Breakfast House (OBH). OBH, has been serving up breakfast dishes for over 10 years, and has gained a reputation as the best breakfast spot in North Phoenix. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with John Stidham, founder and owner of OBH, and learn more about what makes this restaurant so special.
And before you read any more, I have to say this was one of the first interviews I did with a restaurant owner. I had been visiting OBH for years, and saw him every time, and asking him was intimidating, as well as waiting to hear the answer. Hearing a “yes” was amazing, and then having the opportunity to sit down with him was even more amazing. I hope you find this interview informative and helpful (it was filmed before COVID), and get a chance to check out my favorite breakfast spot in North Phoenix.
John is a seasoned restaurateur with a passion for breakfast. He started working in the restaurant industry at the age of 16 and has been working in it ever since. In 2009, he decided to open his own breakfast restaurant, and thus Original Breakfast House was born. From the beginning, John’s goal was to create a breakfast spot that offered something different from the typical pancakes and bacon.
When you go to OBH, if you don’t get there early enough you will probably encounter long wait lines. Don’t let that discourage you from going, because it will still be worth it. As I learned long ago–usually if a restaurant has long wait lines, it means they have few tables and/or the customers really love their food, and you will too.
Original Breakfast House’s Atmosphere
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into OBH is the unique decor. The restaurant is adorned with surfboards, and the staff greets you with a friendly “Mahalo.” The atmosphere is fun and laid-back, with a focus on making families and children feel welcome; with a dedicated play area for kids, and a menu that caters to their tastes. And outside are fun letter blocks that are always a blast!
The food at Original Breakfast House
What really sets OBH apart is the food. The restaurant has won numerous awards for its dishes, including Best of Phoenix breakfast and top brunch spot. The menu features a wide variety of dishes, from classic items like pancakes and omelets, to more unique offerings like the crab cake benedict and the enchiladas. One of the most popular dishes at OBH is the chicken and waffles.
I am a creature of habit kind of guy…and usually get the basic things, so for me the french toast, or eggs every time I have gone are amazing…as is the big gooey scramble mess. The name describes the dish pretty well but it really is not a mess. It is a gimme more, gimme more kinda dish…and you are sad when you have to wrap it up for leftovers, or wanting more :-).
One thing that really stands out about OBH is the service. John and his team are committed to making every guest feel welcome and at home. They take the time to get to know their customers and make sure that everyone has a great experience. This commitment to customer service has earned OBH a reputation as a super friendly spot to be.
You can’t go wrong with Original Breakfast House. The unique decor, child-friendly atmosphere, and award-winning food make it a must-visit destination. And with John and his team’s commitment to service, you’re sure to have a great experience every time you visit. So next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say “Mahalo” to John and his team at OBH.
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