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.
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.