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Well, well, well. If it isn’t All You Can Eat Pancake time at International House of Pancakes (that’s IHOP for people who like abbreviations. I sure do.) I actually saw this on another blog, but since I just visited IHOP a little while back I thought I’d revisit this breakfast place.

Here are the gory details:

Our award-winning buttermilk pancakes are served with your choice of breakfast favorites – eggs, bacon, pork sausage and hash browns. During this special offer, we will keep the pancakes coming until you say stop.

All You Can Eat Pancakes are available for a limited time only at participating IHOP locations.

I think it costs $4.99 which seems to be a decent deal if you really, really like pancakes. The last time I was there I got some meat-centric (bacon and sausage) meal that came with toast and eggs so I didn’t get to try their pancakes.

[Edit: I just went to IHOP the other day and they seem to have 3 different all you can eat pancake deals, for $5.99, $6.99 and $7.99 which come with different extras depending on the price.]

If I remember correctly from the last time I had them, they’re not the worst in the world, but nothing to drive more than a couple of miles for. And according to their site there are over 1200 IHOPs throughout the U.S. and Canada, so chances are good there’s one in driving distance of you.

IHOP all you can eat pancakesOne thing I like about IHOP is that the waitresses are actually FRIENDLY. At least at the one we frequent. I don’t know how they can stay so chipper refilling all those truck-driver and late-night partier’s coffee cups. They must have a stress relief ball pinned to the inside pocket of their aprons or something.

Speaking of coffee… that is one area where I’ve got to give them a real big Cheap Eats raspberry. As with most diners, they always ask if you want coffee with your meal. I always figured they’re just being nice. But anyhow, you may want to watch out if you innocently say yes. Because they serve up the coffee (decent tasting, by the way) in a pitcher and let you fill up your own cups. I think it is all you can drink, but they don’t charge by the cup, at least I don’t think so.

I mean, we just said “Yeah, coffee for two please” and when the bill came it was like $3.50 for coffee! Whatever happened to fifteen cents a cup… and even if not, I thought refills were free. I was pretty shocked. I mean that is almost as much as the price of the All You Can Eat Pancakes!

So instead of all you can eat pancakes, I’d like to see them offer all you can drink coffee that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. And because of that, I’m going to have to lower my score on them a goodly amount…

Price: $4.99
Available at: IHOP
Cheap Eats Score: 5/10

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  1. Julie Says:

    My mother eats at IHOP when she eats out. She has to watch her diet (due to cancer) and they have a whole wheat pancake. Me, I find them overrated.

  2. Jude Says:

    They always try to get you on the drinks. They probably see people paying 3 and 4 bucks for a coffee at starbucks, and then they feel justified in charging $3.50 for coffee for two. btw.. I passed an IHOP the other day, that was actually a church using an old restaurant building. The church’s name was International House of Praise (IHOP)!! http://www.iniardwatch.blogspot.com

  3. tanya Says:

    I like IHOP pancakes – put syrup on pancakes and most of them taste the same to me. Thanks for giving me the heads up about this, since being a broke student, I take great pride in knowing where all the all-u-can-eat places are.

  4. Bottom Feeder Says:

    I like IHOP. My baby girl (almost 2 now) likes IHOP, too, because she likes anything with syrup on it. I don’t drink coffee, but I do drink orange juice, and a 6 ounce cup is $2.49 at IHOP. Rediculous – I can get a half-gallon of fresh OJ from the grocery store for that price, if I watch for sales. I wonder what they’d do if I brought my own OJ?

  5. Andie Says:

    If you got a whole pitcher of coffee, $3.50 isn’t all that bad if you think about it. :) I don’t care for IHOP all that much but I do love when places give me a pitcher of coffee, I find it handy. However, on the flip side, if you don’t want more than a cup it’s a waste.

  6. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    Julie – huh, i didn’t know they had whole wheat pancakes there.

    Jude – I must agree with you 100% on drinks… this is the reason I usually try not to get drinks when eating out. Particularly bad are soft drinks in “combos” (though they are often all you can drink)

    Tanya – I actually ate a Souplantation last night, which is all you can eat. It’s gotten quite expensive though, at over $8 per person for dinner. Used to be much cheaper. But at least it is slightly more healthy than eating say, hamburgers..

    Bottom Feeder – Hey, how’s it going? Yeah it is crazy how much OJ costs when you go out. I usually get the 2 for $5 half gallon OJ at the supermarket when it goes on sale. Funny you mention bringing your own drink… I have taken to sneaking in a can of coke at some of the Chinese restaurants I frequent. They don’t seem to care as long as you don’t have it in front of you while ordering. As long as they don’t think that you ordered it and charge you for it later!

    Andie – You know, when you put it that way I guess it isn’t too bad. As Jude mentioned Starbucks is around the same, and you only get the one cup. My problem is that I can’t drink enough coffee to justify it! I need to do some coffee drinking training I guess.

  7. bingsy Says:

    All You Can Eat Pancakes is like the all you can eat pasta plate at Olive Garden or an All You Can Eat barbecue.

    I think I can eat one pancake, 1/2 a bowl of pasta at Olive Garden, and maybe one plate of barbecue.

    On the other hand, I’ve been embarassed to be seen with my brother on all you can eat shrimp night at Red Lobster. He takes special pride in making the server bring him continuous bowls of shrimp.

  8. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    Bingsy – interestingly enough, I just got back from IHOP (which is why I know that the deal isn’t $4.99 but $5.99-$7.99). We actually have the same problem as you… in any type of buffet it is basically a losing proposition for us because we eat less than the average person. At Souplantation I can do pretty well, because salad is usually pricier anyhow wherever you go.

    I am sort of interested in the Red Lobster All You Can Eat Shrimp because I really like shrimp and since they are small enough I thought I might do a little better. How much is the all you can eat shrimp deal?

  9. Jim Says:

    I like pancakes and all, but they’re so easy to make, and honestly, I think mine are a lot tastier than IHOP’s!

  10. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    jim – i’m almost positive you’re right. I had a bit of the pancakes when we were there and they were “ok”. There are a couple mom and pop places north of where I am that are supposed to have totally awesome pancakes. But in the Cheap Eats spirit, making them at home beats all…

  11. Meli Says:

    I really like IHOP pancakes, this deal is wonderful, you get the eggs, hash browns, sausage and as many pancakes as you can possibly eat!!!! take advantage of it, go with an appetite and order the $5.99 breakfast you won’t need the other two larger ones, you get plenty of food!!! :)

  12. Bill Says:

    For free lemonaid just order water with your meal, and ask for about 5 or 6 lemon slices. The sugar is usually right there on the table; about 10 to 14 packets will do it or one “sweet and low”.
    I do it all the time at chinese and other restaurants. It tastes much better than the industrial strength lemon crap they serve. I don’t think anyone will ever mass produce genuine tasting lemonaid except if you do it yourself.

  13. Jerry Vaughn Says:

    Yes I have Always wanted to eat at IhopWhen we visit TupeloCan’t find a close one Thanks Jerry

  14. STORM Says:

    ALSO WANTED TO TOSS THIS UP HERE. IHOP OFFERS A MILITARY DISCOUNT, ABOUT 10%. I USED TO FREQUENT THE ONE IN DAMNECK, VA. BUT NOW THE CLOSEST ONE IS ALMOST AN HOUR DRIVE.

  15. marci Says:

    Beverages (whether they are alcoholic or not) are the profit center for any restaurant. That’s why, when fast-food places order a buy one-get one free deal, a drink purchase is usually required to get the “free” thing. Bear in mind: that soda you bought at BK or MD’s or any other restaurant only costs the house about 3 cents. You can do the math, but where I live even a small soft drink is never under a buck. That’s monster profit.

  16. George Says:

    Personally, I really like IHOP, but they really rip people off! I ordered a steak,hashbrowns,eggs, and pancakes for 16 dollars. Loaded it with eggs, alot of hashbrowns, little pancakes, and a tiny thing of steak. That would only cost me 4 dollars to buy from the store!!! Even healthier too

  17. Sara Says:

    The Air Force has stationed our family now, and you are making me hungry for some restaurant food! My family personally went to IHOP quite often. It is especially nice when moving with the military, because you can get breakfast food that isn’t cold cereal out of a plastic bowl! About the 10% military discount, the IHOP chains are switching to only giving the discount to the Active Duty members! I never understood this, because the military pay is paying for the entire family to eat, not just his plate. And military spouses and children really do “serve” too. But just a Cheap Eats warning! :)




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