We couldn’t be in America without visiting some of those classic American food joints. IHOP, or International House of Pancakes, was top of my list of places I wanted to try while we were stateside.
We found the IHOP nearest our hotel, and set off on our last day in Orlando. We were planning to head back to the Magic Kingdom so we wanted to fuel up well before we went. We were quickly seated in a booth, and I ordered a coffee to help with my menu studying. Dave opted for a hot chocolate, which was rich and tasty. The coffee was good, and most importantly, bottomless!
I was not prepared for that menu. Not only is there a staggering amount of choice, but the portions are enormous. What IHOP calls a side would be a full breakfast back home.
I eventually chose a French Toast Combo which is a ludicrous amount of food. For the french toast part, I chose the Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast, which is brioche bread dipped in a lightly sweetened vanilla batter and topped with sliced bananas, New Orlean’s Fosters brown0-sugar glaze, powdered sugar and whipped topping. The brioche bread was sweet and fluffy, with piles of fruit and glaze. The glaze was delicious, sugary while somehow avoiding sickly.
The combo part is two eggs cooked how you choose (I went for scrambled), hash browns and a choice of two sausages or two slices of bacon. I went for sausages. The eggs were so buttery, light as anything and beyond fluffy. The hash browns were not quite what I was expecting, and while they were tasty, I think I prefer the British version. They weren’t quite crispy enough for me. The sausages were good too, well seasoned and I was glad they were small!
Dave chose the Colorado Omelette which is filled with hickory-smoked chopped bacon, pork sausage, shredded beef, ham, fresh onions and green peppers and Cheddar cheese. I didn’t actually try any, but he ate the lot, so I assume it was good. Omelettes are served with a choice of side. For his side, Dave chose the New York Cheesecake Pancakes (yes, that’s really a side order). The stack of buttermilk pancakes are filled with cheesecake pieces and topped with strawberries and whipped topping. I did sneak a bite of these, and was impressed. Fluffy pancaked, with plenty of cheesecake flavour.
IHOP was, frankly, mad. So much food and massive portions. It was all delicious though, even if I was full for the rest of the day.