IHOP, the International House of Pancakes, stylized as its acronym, IHOP, is the American multinational pancake house/fast casual family restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. Here are a few things on IHOP before you read any further.
- Their pancakes and waffles are just delicious and you cannot leave America without trying them out!
- Average price of breakfast can vary from $10-$15 or more, depending on how much you eat!
- They serve enormous portions!
- When you order one coffee, you get a full thermos of coffee just for yourself!
- It can get very crowded especially on weekends so you might have to wait to get a table.
The first restaurant I ever visited in Los Angeles was IHOP. I was staying with two more friends at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. and after a restful night's sleep, we awoke to the Hollywood Sign that we could see from the floor to ceiling glass windows of our room. Following a hot shower and at least two cups of coffee each, we set out to explore L.A. Our first stop was the IHOP restaurant for breakfast, just round the corner from the Westin. We ordered some delicious pancakes and eggs and were surprised by the enormous portions of food they served! This was my first breakfast in the U.S. and I learnt that juice and coffee could in fact, be had together!
After more than 5 years, I stopped at the IHOP again. It was 8 a.m. and I was on my way back from the Griffith Park Observatory, when seeing the restaurant from my Uber cab, I suddenly got hungry. It being a weekend was pretty crowded, but fortunately for me I found an empty table. After a breakfast of oatmeal and lots of coffee, I felt renewed from my morning adventures at the Observatory. However, I failed to notice that it was getting sunny and I was still in my Arctic down jacket till somebody jokingly commented, looking at the sun outside and then my jacket, how cold it was!
I have to mention here that since it was rush hour and cabs were in high demand, even Uber Pool was very expensive, and I paid as much as $20 for a distance of about 6 miles.