The Uncle Bill’s legacy began in 1962 with Bill and Eleanor Donahue. They opened the very first location in Stone Harbor. Their daughter Debbie later took the Uncle Bill’s reigns from her parents along with her appropriately named husband, Billy O’Hara Jr. Billy and Debbie decided to expand the business, opening an Avalon location.
Billy’s father, the late Bill O’Hara Sr., then decided to get in on the breakfast action. He opened Uncle Bill’s Pancake Houses in both Cape May and Strathmere in 1979. Later, Tom O’Hara took over the Cape May business and expanded the Uncle Bill’s reach once again, opening the Wildwood location. Young Billy’s brother, Pat O’Hara, joined the Uncle Bill’s brand as he took over the Strathmere location and opened two more in Ocean City. Billy’s sister Beth O’Hara Boyle also opened an Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in North Cape May, Lower Township.
Today, the eight Uncle Bill’s Pancake Houses are each independently owned and operated by an O’Hara family member. To ensure the same great taste, each Uncle Bill’s location uses the same pancake formula, one developed in the early days of the business.
Uncle Bill’s has perfected the concept of service with a smile. The always attentive staff focuses on fast, quality service while catering to each customer’s needs. Employees love Uncle Bill’s cuisine and freely offer their expert dish advice. They cater to large dining parties and ensure that they are seated quickly and well attended to. As a family-run business, they specialize in creating a memorable family dining experience. In fact, the entire staff considers itself one big family and emphasizes teamwork, making Uncle Bill’s customer service second to none.
Nearly all Cape May County locals and visitors are familiar with the name “Uncle Bill’s” and the promises of great-value breakfast specialties that this restaurant legacy carries with it.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake Houses typically use 50 to 75 gallons of pancake batter a day, creating 25 to 30 different kinds of pancakes, including fruit-filled, chocolate chip, potato pancakes, buckwheat, whole wheat and pumpkin pancakes. Waffle menu options also remain vast, from ice-cream topped to blueberry and pecan to peach. Other customer favorites include made-to-order eggs and omelets, French toast, and Hawaiian Ham Steak. Craving one of these breakfast delicacies at lunch hour? Not to worry, Uncle Bill’s serves breakfast all day, until their 2 p.m. closing.
For diners with special dietary needs, all Uncle Bill’s locations feature exclusively gluten-free menus offering diner favorites such as Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Other gluten-free favorites include the Peanut Butter, Peach, and Strawberry Pancakes or the always delicious Uncle Bill’s Gluten-Free French Toast.
Uncle Bill’s Cape May has recently become an ideal breakfast and lunch location for pet-lovers. Enjoy your meal on the pet-friendly outdoor patio, complete with pet bowls and a waterfront view.
Celebrating its 51st business year, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is all about tradition. The tried and true years-old recipes never change. The friendly and attentive staff returns season after season. The Uncle Bill’s family believes that “quality has no substitute.” Having established itself as a beacon of quality in the Cape May County dining community, why should Uncle Bill’s try to fix what works so well? For a taste of local tradition, look no further than an Uncle Bill’s Pancake House near you.
3820 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-886-0066
4601 Pacific Ave , Wildwood, NJ 08260, 609-729-7557
261 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-7199
By Megan Kummer