It has been over a year that I have been to an IHOP, my last experience I noticed there was a decline in food, but that was not why I had not returned (After all, it was a new location in Vancouver we had gone to and felt, as them being rookies, it wouldn't be fair to leave a mediocre to bad review)
Anyhow, last Saturday I came here with a friend of mine before going to the movies at Metrotown. I ordered a double cheeseburger with fries, and my friend ordered a french toast platter. Coming here in the past, my friends and I liked this place and thought the food was divine, that we would even take spoonfuls of syrup and try them (Yeah I know kinda gross, but even the syrup was to die for back then)
We tried it again while waiting for our food (well, not really too great) anyhow, my double burger came, as did my friends French Toast. they didn't put alot of fries on my plate, but when I complained, they gave me more fries (so no problems here) but the burger lacked the great taste that it used to have.....it wasn't bad or anything, but lacked that special flavour for sure.
Anyhow, when we paid for our bill the guy at the counter asked us how or food was. I was honest and said "just ok" He did mention, that burgers are not really thier specialty and it is more of a breakfast place (to which I agreed) so....he did talk me into coming back again, but this time I will only order thier pancakes, and hope they are as good as I last remembered them
I am finding these breakfast places just cost too much. I can get a full delicious fresh cooked breakfast at my cafeteria in my office for under $6 including coffee. Why does this cost so much??
This IHOP is one of the newer ones, not the old 70;s ones. It is bland and boring. The music was SO loud at breakfast we could not even talk.
We had one order of chocolate chip pancakes with a side of hashbrowns, one order of some pancakes, one order of strawberry french toast, a side of sausage, 2 coffees, a hot chocolate and and a tip. FIFTY dollars. I'm still shaking my head. Good thing I was so stunned I did not feel like eating lunch so I saved money there. Really - McDonalds is not that much worse and a LOT less money.
Mrs. C and I took a break from Xmas shopping to get some breakfast for dinner. Since we had never tried this place, it seemed like a good opportunity. As previous reviewers have noted, it is a plain vanilla diner. The server seemed to be reasonably competent, but she had some difficulty explaining the specials. Mrs. C gave up in frustration and just studied the big board in the foyer.
I was going to have waffles but when I saw the country fried steak (aka chicken fried steak) I knew it was what I wanted. “I can book the angioplasty later,” I thought. The meal came with pancakes and 3 eggs. Mrs. C stuck to crepes and eggs with sausage. My chicken fried steak was cooked to artery-clogging perfection and the pancakes were nice and fluffy. Mrs. C said her crepes were a solid 6/10.
IHOP tables come equipped with 4 kinds of syrup, but the labels are difficult to find (they are embossed on the lids, but aren’t in a contrasting color). I sampled them all. Actually they all taste about the same. That was a disappointment. Also notable was the absolutely disgusting w/c. I was glad it was raining so I could clean the bottoms of my shoes before I went into my car.
Despite some shortcomings in ambience and service, the food was as expected if not slightly better, and I will definitely return soon. There are other locations to try…
Well everyone should know what IHOP is about.
I only eat breakfast food here, no matter what time of day. Really I go for pancakes only. The all you can eat pancake special they have sometimes draws me in. I'd run away from the other "entree" food.
Service has actually been pretty good lately.
But yeah, you might want to stay away on the weekends around brunch time because IHOP gets pretty busy around that time.
Food: Love the strawberry topping that you can choose to get with your pancakes but really wish there was an option for waffles but I guess that would defeat the whole namesake of the joint. Bacon is usually cooked great but sometimes a little undercooked for my liking. Eggs come from a carton but I don't think it bothers me too much. Presentation left to be desired.
Service: A very nice older lady served us and she was just on the ball about everything. Refills were done, sauces were offered and she checked up on us at nice intervals. Really felt like service.
Ambiance: Needs a serious renovation. Clean but drab.
If it's noon or a bit past on a weekend day and you're thinking about heading over to the IHOP on Kingsway, forget about it. You probably won't be seated for another 30-45 minutes. It's a great location, but only if you're there early, or on a weekday. I find the staff here very friendly, and maybe it's just my mind playing tricks, but I swear the portions are a little bigger here. I also love the pics of old Burnaby on the walls.
We ate here for a quick breakfast today, after I had been craving waffles for days.
I had the belgian waffle with whipped cream. It was good, but I was disappointed with the strawberries. There weren't very many and they were soggy from being thawed from frozen. My partner had the pancake breakfast, which was decent. The food isn't fabulous or like your mom used to make; it's just very basic diner type breakfasts.
The server was very pleasant and efficient, and everything went smoothly.
I have to agree with the comment about the decor. It's just plain diner and there's nothing else to say about it.
IHOP serves up a decent breakfast. I would especially recommend going around Thanksgiving, when they serve up their pumpkin pancakes (unless you don't like pumpkin pie).
Have only tried non-breakfast fare once, can't recommend it.
Well, the food was excellent, I had the breaded chicken steak and chocolate pancakes, very filled and satisfied with the food. The service was excellent, solid service. Paid like 20 bucks for the food but it was worth it, very filled up. Great ambience. I highly recomend this place and will come back here again. Great stuff.
I was hoping to wake up and have some good breakfast.
Boy, I was wrong... the eggs, bacon and sausage tasted like plastic! And the crepes that I ordered was deceiving. The pictures were total opposite of what I expected. My friend was hung over and starving and did not even half way finish her meal. I thought it was a total waste of money.. it was not worth it AT ALL. I'm never coming back to this place!
I-HOP is I-Hop. No ambience or decor. Food prepared by ill trained teenagers in a kitchen often less than clean. Ok for artery clogging simple breakfasts - especially if you like trans fats. Don't eat anything deep fried as the oil is always old. Syrups wattered down and all taste the same if you can find a distinct taste at all. Try dinner at your peril. All dinners are the same tase - or more precisely lack thereof. Servers are great but can't do much about the food quality or the poor management and cleanliness. If you peek in the kitchen and behind the sceanes you will be disgusted and not ever want to eat again.