Haven’t slept well? Need a jump-start to your day? How about some coffee, accompanied by the culinary specialties of Sweden, New Orleans and Lancaster County?

There’s a place for that called On Orange, at 108 W. Orange St. in downtown Lancaster.

It’s long been a site to get something good for breakfast, including the restaurant’s famous Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes and big-time omelets.

“Omelets are fun!” says George Greis, chef at On Orange, where you can eat in a cozy dining room, an even cozier downstairs and, in pleasant weather, on a patio outside.

On Orange formerly housed Wish You Were Here, Downtown Soup Kitchen and the Orange Street Tea Shop. By any name, it was — and remains — a low-key but classy venue where ladies and gentlemen feel equally at home.

But let’s back up a little. There are a couple of things to note if you plan to visit. Hours are limited. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday through Monday, but be prepared to line up. This place is popular. It’s not hard to understand why. Everything on the menu is under $10. And you will be well fed.

For $6.95 you can get The Old Standby. It’s two scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and toast. What could be more basic than that? And there’s plenty of coffee on hand.

Want more? Just let the menu describe itself when it comes to those Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes:

“Swedish Pancakes and Waffles — Svenska Pannkakor

Made with Organic Oats, Served with Maple Syrup & Stewed Apples

2 for $5.95, 1 for $4.25, Vegan $1 extra. Waffle $5.95.”

Whatever “Svenska Pannkakor” means outside of an ABBA lyric is anybody’s guess, but it’s all good.

As are selections paying homage to both Lancaster County and New Orleans. The Muffuletta ($8.95) is a tribute to the Crescent City, made with homemade olive salad on Italian seeded bread. For good measure, Genoa salami, capicola ham and mixed greens are part of the package.

But if you want to swing back to Dutch Country, no worries. You can get Creamed Chipped Beef Over Toast, or over potatoes. It’s $6.95. How can you go wrong?

On Orange

n 108 W. Orange St.

n Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday through Monday; closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

n Prices range from $5.95 to $9.95.

n Call 299-5157 or log on to onorange.wordpress.com.

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