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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods



So we, too, went to IHOP (International House of Pancakes...not to be confused with the International House of Prayer, in Kansas City, MO) to try the 'fall festival of flavors.'  Our IHOP is located in South Portland, Maine, at 195 Maine Mall Road. 



One of Hubby's favorite things about IHOP is their "bottomless cup of coffee."  They bring an insulated pitcher of coffee right to your table so you can help yourself; they'll even refill it, if need be!  Also, they serve breakfast all day.  Oh, sure, you can select from a large assortment of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and hearty meals, but you can order breakfast fare, no matter what time of day the mood strikes you.


Today, Hubby was in the mood for a ham, onion, green pepper, and cheese omelet, accompanied by blueberry pancakes.  What he got was a cheese omelet and plain pancakes; however, when he pointed this out to our waiter, the error was quickly corrected, and he did get a fresh omelet stuffed with ham chunks, green pepper, onion and lots of cheese, which he said was excellent.  Unfortunately I was too busy downing my "Pancake Platter" to photograph the second omelet.

 And the blueberry pancakes were loaded with fat, juicy blueberries, as shown above.  And I find it interesting that you get a selection of syrups to pick from.  Hubby chose Old Fashioned Syrup, which I would compare to any standard pancake syrup, such as Vermont Maid, or Mrs. Butterworth's that you would find in the grocery store.

I chose the butter pecan syrup for my Harvest Grain pancakes.  These were made with hearty grains, oats, almonds, and English walnuts.  My three pancakes came with a choice of sausage or bacon; I went for the bacon, which was delightful with a deep, smoked flavor.  The pancakes were also tasty.  I loved their nuttiness and the butter pecan syrup was a perfect topping for them.


After our meal, when I told our waiter, Anthony, I would be reviewing the restaurant on my blog,  he was very concerned that his error in Hubby's order would reflect negatively on my review.  The truth is, Anthony was so pleasant and fun, that the meal mixup seemed quite minor.  (The photo doesn't do him justice; he has a smile that lights up his whole face!)  It's really nice to get service from someone who obviously enjoys people and loves what he is doing.  He was very quick to point out the error was his and not the kitchen's, which I found refreshing.  So many people today are quick to "pass the buck" and blame someone else when things don't go as planned!   I'm sure Anthony is an asset to IHOP.

There were two other things I need to mention about IHOP:  First, their new menu lists the calorie content of every single item!  I guess all restaurant chains of 15 or more stores will be required by law to provide this information by February of 2011.  IHOP has jumped on board and provided it ahead of the law's requirement.  It was interesting to browse the menu and check out just how many calories are packed in each choice. 

The second thing I want to mention is the restaurant is offering 50% off any entree for customers 55 and over.  I don't know if this is a nationwide special, or just our local store.  You may want to check with the IHOP near you to see if they are making this offer.

But whether you get 50% of your entrees as we did or not, IHOP is definitely a great choice for breakfast or any other meal.  The prices are reasonable, and the food is very, very good.

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  The opinion I offer is mine, uninfluenced by IHOP, although I did borrow the short video from the national online website.



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25 comments:

Coffee Slut said...

Omg ...butter pecan syrup! I have no idea where the nearest IHOP is, but you can be sure I'll be doing some research on that!

Brian Miller said...

i just might load the fam up and take them this morning...this soulds good and i am starving...

R. J. said...

That is one of my favorite spots for breakfast. Last time we visited IHOP three weeks past, a waiter, not even the one for our table, came to chat because he has also seen us in Red Lobster. It's a very friendly place.

Candice said...

Thanks, now I want some pancakes!

IHOP has the best omlettes. I don't eat there often, but when I do I'm never disappointed.

Jen said...

I like I-HOP, we had one close by but not any more and I miss it....though I didn't go there often.....everything I had on their breakfast menu was delicious!!

Steven Anthony said...

I love Ihop....yummy.

David Waters said...

rooty tootie fresh and fruity ;)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I LOVE IHOP. Any establishments that serve breakfast all day, I'm there. Those blueberry pancakes, to die for. I don't like the calorie count thing because I don't want to know :) I am ecstatic that I will be turning 55 in a few months so that I can take advantage of all these discounts.

Nick said...

Those photos looked really good before we had breakfast...after, breakfast...not so much. Funny how that works.

Unknown Mami said...

I haven't been in years, but I love their chocolate chip pancakes.

Kristina P. said...

I do love me some IHOP pancakes.

BLOGitse said...

I'm lucky not living in U.S. - your food looks filling and portions are huge. Too much for me! :)
Have a good week ahead!

AVCr8teur said...

I like how you spend your Sundays and keep the coffee coming.

Amy said...

Glad that restaurants are getting on the health wagon but I agree with one of the other commenters. Sometimes you just don't want to know how many calories are in a given treat. ;)

Vodka Logic said...

I don't mind a mistake or two if quickly corrected.. nice job Anthony.

I am a real maple syrup fan..

As for calorie counts on menus.. good idea but can take the fun out of going out to eat. [notice you didn't include yours... lol]

Eva Gallant said...

Blogitse: You are correct. I'm hoping when they all have to put the calorie count on their menu, they'll maybe decide to reduce the portions. As it is, most times I end up taking some home for another meal!

UnknownMami: Choc. chip pancakes..dessert for breakfast!

Nick: nothing like a little chow to take the edge off!

Jen: They definitely know how to do breakfast!

CoffeeSlut: Hope you found one nearby!

Claudia said...

a shame we don't have IHOP in Germany...would love to try the pancakes..they look delicious (but i wouldn't count the calories...)

Pat said...

Now you've got me hankering for a plate of pancakes, even though I just ate some popcorn!

Lazarus said...

Excellent review Eva. IHOP is always a great choice, although most have gargantuan waits on Sunday morning. Which reminds me of a joke. Where did the one-legged waitress work? I HOP!

injaynesworld said...

Mmmm, blueberry pancakes. Now I won't be able to stop thinking about them.

If you want your video to not be so wide, just change the width to 430 in the beginning and again at the end of the code when you post it.

Eva Gallant said...

Lazarus: Ah, another fan of "groaner" jokes! lol

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I haven't been to IHOP in ages, but suddenly I seem to want some blueberry pancakes!

Ginger said...

I haven't been to IHOP in years, but I think a trip there is in order as soon as I have a day off! Great photos and a fun review.

myrelish said...

I wish we had IHOP, your all day breakfast looks amazing.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

You know I'm trying really hard to be as healthy as possible and balance all my less healthy food choices (yum!) with the healthier ones, but one thing I cannot resist, is an IHOP. I just love it. Their food is delicious and their pancakes are the best ANYWHERE. Plus they have those all you can eat pancake platters at the moment where you can buy say bacon and egg combo with two pancakes and they keep bringing you pancakes till you can't eat anymore. Bargain! Well it would be if I could actually EAT more than 2.... :) Anyway, I'm all for endorsing IHOP. Rock on IHOP.