Restaurants, listen up – coupons DO work!!! I hadn’t seriously considered trying IHOP for a review, for a variety of reasons. But I found myself with a Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupon, so a friend and I decided to give it a try, and we were both pleasantly surprised. It actually is a good restaurant, with a rather interesting menu, and some of the nicest waitresses you could meet. And at least at this visit, there was more than one type of special going on, more about that later.
Of course, IHOP is known for breakfast – there’s the usual breakfast standards, from $7.00 to $10.00, with all kinds of omelettes that come with 3 pancakes. There’s also a variety of Simple and Fit items on the menu, for those watching their diets, and they, too, are relatively inexpensive, at $8.00 to $9.00. But there’s quite a flair to the varieties of French toast, waffles and crepes, and I will defintely be returning to try these. There’s even a Nutella crepe at $7.29, and the Swedish crepes sound delicious, with lingonberries and lingonberry butter, at $6.99.
The pancakes are equally as varied, from blueberry to chocolate chip to cinnamon – all very sweet sounding. But on the other hand, the Harvest Grain and Nut pancakes sound delicious, made with oats, almonds and English walnuts, for $6.99.
There’s a large selection of dinner items – soups at $2.99, sandwiches and burgers, appetizers, salads, dinners and desserts, again, pretty normal and reasonably priced. What stands out are the 55+ Specialty entrees, a large selection at great prices. On some future visit, I will be trying the Grilled Tilapia Hollandise at $6.99, with red-skinned potatoes, broccoli, and garlic bread. Or try the Mediterranian Chicken at $7.29. And surprisingly, there was the largest children’s menu I’ve ever seen!
On this visit, we decided to stick with the omelettes, ordering a cheese and ham, and a spinach and mushroom. Of course, they came with 3 pancakes, and the whole meal was very good. The omelettes were big and loaded with the add-ons. The spinach and mushroom omelette was not what I expected – the spinach was not the usual little shredded pieces, but whole leaves only partially cooked, and you not only got the benefit of fiber and vitamins, but the actual taste of spinach. It was very good.
At this visit, there were others using the Buy-One-Get-One free coupons, and there was also a 7 item menu for $7.00 for a limited time. There were a number of families dining this night, because kids could eat free, as long as an equal number of adults ordered also. The eclub for IHOP is one of the best I’ve found when it comes to coupons and advertising current specials, and is definitely worth signing up, at www.IHOP.com .
As said before, the service is excellent and friendly, the restaurant is very clean, and a nice place to sit and visit, which many of the people there were doing. It’s located at 4410 – 16th St., in Moline, and the phone number is 309-277-0507.