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Meet our Executive Chef Alex Tafoya

Meet our Executive Chef Alex Tafoya

This past week we sat down with our Executive Chef, Alex Tafoya and got to know a bit about him and his culinary inspirations.  Here is what we learned!

Q: Tell us about yourself:

A: I was born and raised in Colorado Springs Colorado, and moved to Denver Colorado in 1997 with my Mom and Sister. I was raised by my wonderful mother who had a tough time raising two kids as a single parent but did a fantastic job in the end

Q: What is your earliest food memory?

A: My earliest food memory was when is was around five. I loved being in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother. My grandma would teach me how to cook beans and enchiladas and I loved it, and my mom would teach me how to make her famous beef stroganoff that I still make to this day at home

Q: How did you become a chef and get into the restuarant industry?

A: I got into the restaurant industry when I was 17 years old at a seafood restaurant downtown called Del Mar Crab House. I started as a food runner part time while I went to school at ACC. I enjoyed watching the chef’s so much I asked for a chance to step into the kitchen. When I did I loved the fast paced environment so much that I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and enrolled into culinary school as soon as I turned 18.

Q: What was your first job as a chef?

A: My first chef job was at age 19 for a company called Buff Brothers at a restaurant called Dirk’s right after culinary school. It was there that I developed my skills as a chef and leader in not only the back of the house but the front of house as well.

Q: How long have you been with The Original Pancake House in Denver?

A: I have been at the Original Pancake House now for 2 years after a brief leave were I worked at the Original Pancake House for 3 years as a server, cook, busser and host.

Q: What is your favorite dish to make at OPH?

A: My Favorite dish to make at the Original Pancake House would have to be the Dutch baby and the Apple Pancake because that was a dish my mother used to make us as kids. Don’t tell my mom that ours are better.

Q: What do you cook for yourself when you are home?

A: When I am at home I love to cook beef wellington,  beef Stroganoff and if it can go on a grill chances are I will love to cook it as well.

Q: If you could have breakfast with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you have?

A: If I could have breakfast with anyone living or dead I would probably have to choose my Dad. He Passed away when I was 18  from cancer and never had the chance to see all of my accomplishments that I am very proud of. The meal of choice would have to be a Dutch Baby with a side of our thick cut bacon and a tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.


Thank you so much for sharing a bit about yourself Alex!  Next time you are out for breakfast in Denver, be sure to wave and say hello to Alex!

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month!

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month!

We all know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.   If your normal routine of cold cereal is giving you the winter blues, it might be time to spice up your morning with a hot breakfast.  February is the perfect time to switch up the menu as this month is… Continue Reading

We’re nutty about Pecans!

At The Original Pancake House we go nuts for pecans!  We love them in our Banana Praline Crepes, we enjoy the crunch they add to our Pecan Belgian Waffle, we can’t get enough of their toasty goodness in our Georgia Pecan Pancakes, and they certainly add a special something to our Banana Praline French Toast. … Continue Reading

What is a Swedish Pancake?

What is a Swedish Pancake?

At The Original Pancake House, Swedish pancakes are one of our favorite menu items. Lacy and sweet, and served with lingonberry sauce and whipped butter, these pancakes are always a special treat. For those of you who have never tried a Swedish pancake, let us entice your taste buds! Though called a pancake, Swedish pancakes… Continue Reading

Make Your Breakfast a Tropical Escape

Make Your Breakfast a Tropical Escape

As we dig out from yet another snow storm in Denver, our minds are wandering to warmer climates.  If you can’t fly to your dream beach, why not make your morning meal into a tropical escape? This week we are turning up the thermostat a few degrees and making breakfast with inspiration from the tropics! … Continue Reading

Tis the season for Pancake Cheer!

Tis the season for Pancake Cheer!

    Join us in spreading the Pancake Cheer this holiday season! During the month of December, we’d like to share the joy our pancakes bring with you and your loved ones. Each week in December we will invite you to participate in our #PancakeCheer promotion on Facebook. As a thank you, by commenting and… Continue Reading

End of Summer Family Bucket List

End of Summer Family Bucket List

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, consider heading out for a family fun day before the end of vacation.  To make the day special, start with a hearty breakfast in Denver at Original Pancake House. With menu favorites such as Chocolate Chip Pancakes or OPH Smiley Cakes for the kids, and… Continue Reading


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