The International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, as they like to be known, is the first stop of the morning for countless Americans. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then IHOP is one of the most important chains in the country.
We’re sure that Sonic, Subway, McDonalds and countless other chains with breakfast menus would disagree. But we’re also sure that the millions of customers who flock to this restaurant every week, as well as the 30,000+ employees that work here, would agree.
Locations: 1,650 (2015)
Breakfast is the main focus of the IHOP menu. But this restaurant is open for most of the day. As a result, there is always a good time to enjoy a stack of pancakes, some crispy bacon, or a nice hot cup of coffee.
The very first IHOP restaurant opened back in 1958, at which point they favored the “International House of Pancakes” name. The first location was in Los Angeles, and there were three men behind its founding. One of these, Albert Kallis, was a designer who was responsible for the American International Pictures Logo. This is the same production company that created the 1980 classic Mad Max, and the 1979 genre-defining The Amityville Horror.
Of course, by the time those two cult classics were released, Kallis had long since departed the production company and had devoted his time to growing IHOP. The brand grew steadily in the first couple of decades, and in 1973 they shortened their name to the acronym that we all know to this day.
In 2007, IHOP acquired Applebee’s and then the parent group changed its name to DineEquity. Both of these brands still operate under this name.
Who Founded IHOP?
It was a joint effort and the main players were: Albert Kallis, Al Lapin, Jerry Lapin, Sherwood Rosenberg and William Kaye.
Who Owns IHOP?
Right now, IHOP is owned by DineEquity, who also own Applebee’s. This makes them one of the largest food companies in the world, staking claim to over 3,500 restaurants in more than 20 countries around the world.
What Does IHOP Stand For?
IHOP stands for: International House of Pancakes. This is a name that you will rarely hear though, as these days the abbreviation is nearly always used, from the restaurant itself to the marketing, its customers and everywhere else.
You can order pancakes in dozens of ways at IHOP. You can drizzle on some maple syrup or strawberry syrup, add a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream, or throw on some chocolate chips. If you’d prefer, you can order them with bacon, banana or even as a New York Cheesecake!
To order, just choose your pancakes from the list, add any toppings that you want, and then tuck in.
Pancakes are what IHOP are famous for. It’s in their name after all. But there are many other breakfast foods to enjoy. If you have a sweet tooth, you can order French toast, crepes or waffles, with an assortment of sugary extras to go with them. If you’d prefer something a little heartier, there are bacon, eggs, sausage, omelettes and more. IHOP also has a kid’s menu, a selection of sandwiches, soups and salads.
It’s definitely all about the biggest meal of the day here. But with such a vast selection on offer, you can make a meal out of it at anytime.
IHOP Secret Menu
There is a big menu on offer here, but there may be even more to it than you first thought. The IHOP secret menu offers up a few surprise breakfast treats that are hiding out of plain sight. These menu hacks require you to say certain things, order certain items, or make certain combinations. Our IHOP secret menu page also includes everything from IHOP recipes, so you can make their World Famous Pancakes at home; to tips on how to save money on your order.
IHOP Secret Nutrition and Calories
Breakfast may be one of the biggest meals of the day, but wherever you go around the world, it is always the unhealthiest. In England, Ireland and Australia, they enjoy a fried breakfast of meats, beans and Black Pudding (dried pig’s blood). In Germany and France, they load up on buttery pastries. Here in the United States, we are no different, and all of those naughty-but-delicious breakfasts are available at IHOP.
They offer everything from protein and fat-heavy steak & eggs, to buttery omelettes, sugary pancakes and everything else that your doctor warns you against eating. Still, if you’re going to eat this sort of stuff, then breakfast is the perfect time. You can burn it all off throughout the rest of the day. Just make sure you stick to something healthier for lunch and dinner (Jamba Juice might be able to lend a helping hand there).
Not all IHOP menu items are fatty, sugary and bad for you. There are healthier options available if you know where to look. You just need to make sure you’re well acquainted with their nutrition info. To help you with this, we have compiled a table full of all IHOP menu items and calories.
Visit out IHOP Nutrition Info page to see this for yourself.
IHOP Menu Prices
You can enjoy a breakfast feast for less than $20 at IHOP, at that includes everything that they’re famous for. Their pancake combo, known as World Famous Pancakes, are just over $8 and come with a choice of sides. You can order additional servings of ham, sausage, bacon and more for just $0.79 per serving; an omelette for under $10; an an Egg Combo with side for between $10 and $15.
It’s not quite the sort of rock-bottom meal you would expect from a McDonalds value menu or a Del Taco value menu. It’s not even as cheap as the traditional menus from chains like Sonic and Burger King. But it’s good food served in a relaxing, casual dining setting. There are few better ways to start your day.
To see more prices, be sure to read our guide on IHOP menu prices.
IHOP are predominantly based in the United States. This is where they were founded, this is where they grew and this is where they are at their most popular. However, there are a smattering of international locations as well.
In 2012 they struck a deal with the multinational M.H. Alshaya Co., Headquartered in Kuwait, this company owns a number of successful businesses, franchise agreements, and more. In fact, they have hand in the management of everything from Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs and Shake Shack, to Top Shop and The Body Shop.
With this company taking over the Middle-Eastern arm of IHOP, they were able to expand with locations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There are also locations further afield in the Philippines.
Where is the Nearest IHOP?
We can’t help you by pinpointing an exact location, but we can say that with over 1,600 locations nationwide, there is likely going to be one very near. If you want to find an exact location near you, wherever that may be, then simply take a look at this IHOP Locations page. You just need to punch in your zip code and it will tell you where the nearest IHOP location is.
Does IHOP Drug Test?
This is a question that we hear a lot, and it’s one that you need not worry about. While it is something that is more likely at casual dining chains than fast food chains, it’s still not considered a necessity for many restaurants out there. It would cost too much money and cause too many problems for companies to carry out drug tests for most of their employees.
And then you have the potential legal problems. What would they do if they exposed an employee’s use of a certain medication that they had been hiding for personal reasons? What if there was a mix-up involving prescribed medication? What if medical marijuana was involved and someone was discriminated against for it? It reeks of a lawsuit. There is just nothing to be gained from companies like IHOP drug testing, so don’t worry about it.
IHOP Store Hours
IHOP is one of the few chains that remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of their rivals shut during the night, with White Castle being one of the few that do not. But IHOP makes sure that their clientele can tuck into a stack of their famous pancakes whatever the time of day.
Not all of their restaurants are open 24/7. However, the ones that are not still tend to be open for most of the day. In most cases, these locations open at 7:00am and do not shut until 10:00am, with those times reduced on Sunday and during certain holidays.
Is IHOP Open on Christmas?
Yes! This is great location to celebrate the season. Nothing says Christmas like overindulgence, and most IHOP locations are open throughout the season, on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. This doesn’t apply to all locations though and the times may differ from one to the next.
Is IHOP Open on Thanksgiving?
The same applies here as with Christmas. Some are, some are not. It depends on the location, but there are certainly some IHOP locations that are open on Thanksgiving.
Is IHOP Open on Easter?
As above, there are some IHOP locations open on Easter. That applies to Easter Sunday as well. Many chains are closed on Sunday or have very limited hours, but because IHOP is mostly open on Sunday anyway, this is treated just like another day and most stores that carry the name of IHOP open on Easter.