9 Things You Didn’t Know About IHOP’s Secret Menu
There’s a lot more you can order than pancakes!
IHOP is famous for its breakfast. If you’re in the mood, you can choose between a variety of favorites, from Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes to T-Bone Steak and Eggs. But sometimes even when you’re in a familiar place, you’re in the mood for something new. You’ll be happy to hear that IHOP has a secret menu that ventures beyond the tried-and-true. Here’s what you need to know:
French food is big
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The chain seems as American as all get out. So it may surprise you that if you ask, you can finish your meal off with some Red Velvet Chocolate Cheesecake Macarons, Spoon University reports. The chain also caters to Francophiles with a Roquefort and Pear Souffle that you can request as part of its dinner menu.
IHOP likes rare beef too
If you have a hankering for some rare beef, you can request Steak Tartare, a staple of some higher-end eateries. The cook will serve the meat with egg yolks, seasoned with onions and capers. Here’s why IHOP briefly changed its name.
You may have to order in advance
Craving some seafood that’s a little healthier than fish and chips? You can order the Argentinian-inspired Patagonian Prawn Ceviche from the secret menu. The catch? You have to call at least four hours ahead to request this dish.
IHOP lives up to the “I” in its name
If you were deciding between IHOP and an Italian restaurant, you’ll be happy to know that you can request an Italian-inspired Spinach and Asparagus Risotto. Bonus points? It’s got more veggies than lots of IHOP’s other offerings. Don’t miss these 10 secret menu items from popular restaurants.
You can combine breakfast and lunch in one dish
The thing about a restaurant that serves yummy breakfast things all day is that you’re torn between what to order when you go there around lunch or dinner time. But you can enjoy the best of both worlds when you ask for the Onion and French Fry Omelette.
You can ask for a little special treatment
You’re going with the pancakes after all? Good call. You’ve got an array of syrup options on your table. But wouldn’t it be nicer if that blueberry syrup were warm? Well, all you have to do is ask. Find out 9 restaurants you never knew had secret menus.
You can request healthier ingredients
The eggs that you get in your omelette may not come directly from actual chickens, as it turns out, Menuism reports. You can ask servers to request that the cooks use real eggs in your meal, however.
You don’t have to blow your diet
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With many breakfast entrees clocking in around 1,000 calories, IHOP may not seem like a great choice when you’re watching your weight. But it turns out that you request several options for less than 500 calories. One option? The Whole Wheat French Toast For Me, with two slices of toast, banana slices, scrambled eggs, and two slices of turkey bacon. Then find out whether Chick-fil-A’s secret menu is better than its real one.
Your regional favorite may just be local
Reddit user lumpsr works at IHOP and says lots of items that used to be on the IHOP menu have been removed. You should still be able to order them, though, as long as the cook has the ingredients on hand. And some IHOP franchises offer dishes that are specific to their region. So an IHOP in the South might sell grits and sweet tea, while franchises in other parts of the country don’t. Next, don’t miss these 13 secrets your restaurant menu won’t tell you.