An Ode to IHOP

May 6th 2013

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There is something about chain restaurants, like IHOP, that makes me feel a giddy ‘Merica pride; I’m a child again, with too short shorts and a hankering for hash browns; a hungover college student with a penchant for milkshakes and cheese fries on the cheap.

And yes, I know this is just IHOP but unironic irony is my thing, like McFlurrys and amusement parks and trips to the Halloween store in April. Like following Paris Hilton on Twitter for her motivational quotes.

And so I recklessly abandoned my bikini body plan, per usual, and got started. The four different syrups on the table are exciting: Old fashioned, blueberry, strawberry and boysenberry…which one am I going to choose, what am I going to order, why am I so bad at making decisions?

I was craving eggs but obviously wasn’t going to not order pancakes at IHOP. Lucky for me, you don’t have to choose because here in heaven, pancakes come with eggs. So I opted for the double blueberry stack with 2 eggs over easy, hash browns, bacon and the new bananas foster brioche french toast (pictured above).

(Sidenote: Raquel, my server, answers Tropicana when I ask what kind of fresh juice they have soo, don’t come for the beverages. Also, the entire experience is best enjoyed when you ignore the disclaimer on every menu page about healthy diets being 2,000 calories blah blah buzzkillll.)

When the food comes I snap three pictures and pull my hair back, which means you know it’s getting serious. The meal was delicious though the portions are small. (I know, I’m everything that’s wrong with this country.)  Regardless, for a girl who likes good pancakes, this place more than stacks up. And who cares that it’s a chain or totally déclassé! In the wise tweets of Paris Hilton: “Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you.”

8 comments :

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  • RobRob

    Ooooh…loves me some IHOP!! I’m down with your blueberry stack ‘n’ eggs, but also can’t resist those “Swedish” Crepes with the lingonberries. Hey…crepes are pancakes (ish), right? I always wonder how Swedish they are though. I mean, would someone order that in a Swedish IHOP? I kinda doubt it. ;)

    Anyhow, just discovered your blog and seeing IHOP right off the bat…that’s a really good sign. So I wanted to say Hi…and pass the boysenberry syrup, please. :)

  • supermarie

    I triped IHOP when I visited LA during my travel around the world this January – it was SOOO much pancakes, haha… Very American – the way we look at Americans in Norway, at least :) But I liked it!

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