I don't think I could eat cereal every morning for breakfast, but I sure as anything could eat pancakes (or waffles or french toast), sausage and eggs every morning -- or every afternoon and evening! I don't think I'd ever get sick of them, especially when you can always add a seasonal twist to your pancakes or waffles or french toast.
As if to prove my point, IHOP has assembled a delicious collection of holiday-themed dishes and is serving them at IHOP restaurants all season long. If you haven't really thought of IHOP as a holiday restaurant, think again -- they've got Christmas trees at the entrance, the walls are covered in holiday decor, and their holiday dishes make any meal merrier! The holiday offerings I most wanted to try are:
Banana Bread French Toast: banana bread with cinnamon bits, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, then grilled and topped with caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and whipped topping.
Caramel Bon Bon pancakes: buttermilk pancakes layered with Dulce de Leche cream, topped with caramel sauce and whipped topping.
Pumpkin Waffles: Belgian waffles made with real pumpkin, topped with pumpkin spice sugar and whipped topping.
Unfortunately, the restaurant was out of caramel syrup (I guess word gets around and everyone ordered a dish with caramel sauce!), so they weren't taking orders for the Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes. I decided on the Banana Bread French Toast. It was divine! The banana bread had the flavor of real bananas in it, and it was so dense and moist it was almost like a pudding. The French Bread batter gave it a crispy coating, and bananas and whipped topping gave the dish a nice finishing touch.
As with most of IHOP's pancakes, waffles, and french toast dishes, you can order Banana Bread French Toast by itself, or you can order it as part of a breakfast meal which includes your choice of bacon or sausage, two eggs (cooked whatever way you choose), and hash browns. The Banana Bread French Toast portion is smaller when you order it as part of a meal. I love IHOP's hash browns, so I can't visit an IHOP without ordering it. The Banana Bread French Toast was the perfect sweet ending to my meal!
Other items on the holiday menu include Chicken and Pumpkin Spice Waffle (a belgian waffle with pumpkin puree, topped with pumpkin spice sugar and candied pecans, served with crispy chicken).....
.... Roasted Turkey Breast with all the fixins (gravy, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and lingonberry sauce).....
... and a Pumpkin Waffle Sundae (a belgian waffle with pumpkin puree, topped with pumpkin spice sugar and candied pecans, served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce)...
... and don't forget the drinks! Pumpkin coffee (roasted Arabica beans with pumpkin syrup, whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice) and Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (hot chocolate flavored with Toasted Marshmallow Syrup, topped with whipped topping and cocoa powder) are the perfect way to warm up on chilly nights.
Jammy ordered Red Velvet Pancakes, which are a huge seasonal favorite at IHOP. They taste soooo good when eaten with IHOP's strawberry pancake sauce!
I wish I had the stomach capacity to try all of IHOP's holiday dishes! I guess we'll just have to go back and order the rest of IHOP's merry menu -- but just like the holidays, it won't last, so head to IHOP ASAP.
Disclosure: I received a gift card to try IHOP's holiday offerings. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.