I really don’t eat pancakes that often and it’s been a long time since I ate at IHOP so I’m not sure what drew me there today. Maybe I had a craving for buttermilk (since today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day)? … I know, I know… buttermilk pancakes aren’t the same as buttermilk biscuits.
One of the reasons why I don’t eat at IHOP that often is because I remember it being a very “sticky” place (no matter how much they clean the place, everything feels like it’s covered with a thin film of syrup). Fortunately, it wasn’t too bad today. I had a difficult time deciding what to order so I decided to start with one of their new Tropical Island Twist splasher.
It’s a blend of lemonade, lemon-lime soda, and tropical mango syrup (you can see the syrup on the bottom of the left picture). They give you a tall spoon to stir it all up. Why is it that everything tastes better when you have a bendy-straw? I’m not sure if it really tasted very much like mango but it wasn’t bad. I think it actually tasted a little bit like lychee syrup.
Since I couldn’t decide on what to order, I chose the Split Decision which includes two eggs, two sausage links, two slices of bacon, two triangles of french toast (guess it sounds better than saying one slice of french toast cut in half), and two big fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I really wasn’t expecting much since I’ve had some mediocre breakfasts at IHOPs before but this was actually pretty good. The sausage links were nice and juicy, the eggs were okay (but how bad can you mess up scrambled eggs?), and the buttermilk pancakes were huge and nice and fluffy.
There was a lot of food and the pancakes were very filling. I’ve watched those Man vs. Food episodes where the guy is almost finished his meal but only has one or two bites left… I used to think “WTF?! Why couldn’t he just eat those last bites?” I think I found out today… I hit the pancake wall with just two bites left and couldn’t finish them off. It doesn’t matter how good the pancakes taste… after a while, the combination of the soft, fluffy carbs, the sweet and sticky syrup, and the huge dollops of butter just overwhelms you.
Food: 3 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5
4567 Lougheed Highway