Anyone who knows me well enough would know just how much I love my breakfast food. So of course I was going to be super dooper excited about my very first visit to IHOP in the States.
To my fellow Melburnians, just think of IHOP (short for International House of Pancakes) as being similar to our Pancake Parlour here – but better. It’s cheap. Breakfast is served there all day (and all night) long. Oh, and they’re also open 24/7.
I rest my case.
So after a (not so smooth) landing in Los Angeles on our first night and after dropping off our belongings in Hollywood, we were left with hungry tummies. It was late, and there weren’t many restaurants open around so we decided to brave the 15 minute walk from our place to IHOP – through the different kinds of rowdy crowds that you’d prefer to avoid running into on a typical Saturday night.
We were relieved to see the bright blue IHOP sign in the distance against the night sky as we neared the establishment. There was even an In-N-Out right across the road from it as well! But our minds were set on breakfast food, despite it being 2 o’clock in the morning.
At IHOP you can get a Breakfast Sampler that comes with: two eggs cooked your way, hash browns, and your choice of either two pieces of bacon strips or sausage links. And on top of all that, a plate of two fluffy buttermilk pancakes. All for $8.39!
Breakfast Sampler w/ Blueberry Lemonade Pancakes $8.39
Our waitress could obviously tell that I was a tourist as I appeared to be overwhelmed by all of their menu options. She was even lovely enough to give us plenty of time to decide despite the place being quite busy and full of peeps coming in for their late night munchies. In the end, I decided to get the blueberry lemonade pancakes from the special summer menu with a side of bacon strips.
Although it wasn’t the best breakfast food that I’ve had outside the house; but at those prices, who even cares anymore. The hash browns here were presented a bit different to what I had expected but were nonetheless, still satisfying and good. The blueberry pancakes were nice but could have done without the lemonade cream which gave it an odd taste in my opinion.
Breakfast Sampler w/ Blackberry Peach Cobbler Pancakes $8.39
Dirk chose to go with the sausage links instead of the bacon, and a side of the blackberry peach cobbler pancakes. I probably enjoyed these pancakes more since they were fruitier and had a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! But overall, neither of us could finish the pancakes – it was just too much.
Even after tipping, the total of both of our meals combined would have amounted to the cost of a single meal at The Pancake Parlour (which wouldn’t have been anywhere near as satisfying as this). I mean, there was even a promotional flyer for a 57c short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of IHOP’s 57th birthday!
So although the food here isn’t quite top-notch, you get what you pay for: which is satisfyingly good (and filling) breakfast food at a price that doesn’t break the bank. I would happily welcome IHOP with open arms to come to our Australian shores any day.
Convenient, family friendly, and serves breakfasts 24/7. What more could you want?
7006 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles CA 90028