Review: IHOP

by gigi on March 6, 2009

My friend Samantha is getting married this year so she has been diligently trying to find a wedding dress. Her search led her to New Westminster, where there are quite a few bridal shops along 6th Avenue, known to people in the know as “Bridal Row”. I had the pleasure of helping her with her hunt one weekend morning and as a reward to ourselves for an intense morning of shopping, we had lunch at IHOP.

We actually wandered around looking for a good place to have lunch when I spied the unmistakable house-like structure of IHOP. I love breakfast so IHOP seemed like a good place to satiate my craving. Luckily for me, Samantha complied with me. :)

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It was around 2 or 2:30 by the time we arrived at the restaurant so even though it was quite busy for that time of day, we did not have to wait. Since it was quite cold that day, I warmed up with a tea. To spice up my somewhat boring Red Rose tea, I asked the server for some lemon and honey.

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Even though IHOP has a regular lunch and dinner menu, I quickly zeroed in on the breakfast items. I decided to go for the Smokehouse Combo, which was 2 smoked sausages with eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. The sausages were very juicy and had a nice grilled flavour to them although I was hard pressed to taste the smoked flavour. I ordered my eggs over medium and it had just the right amount of runny-ness to the yolks. My hashbrowns had a nice crispiness to them without being too oily, which I appreciated.

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One of the reasons I ordered this item was because it also came with pancakes.

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I quickly scraped the scoop of butter on top before it could melt into my pancakes and then decided which type of syrup I should use. There was quite an array of syrups including blueberry, strawberry, boysenberry, and maple syrup. The boysenberry sounded the most interesting but I sampled all the other syrups and the boysenberry definitely went the best with the pancakes. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy and the 2 that came with my meal were just enough to fill me up for lunch.

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Samantha decided to have strawberry and chocolate crepes for her lunch. Although we both lamented that the strawberries likely weren’t fresh, the crepes were actually quite tasty. They were a bit on the sweet side due to the generous helping of strawberry and sauce but the dish turned out to be very filling and better than I expected.

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If you’re on the lookout for a reliable and fairly fast breakfast place, IHOP is a pretty good choice. There are quite a few locations scattered throughout the Lower Mainland and although I do find the prices to be a bit high for what you get, their selection of North American breakfast items is pretty extensive.

Details:
514 8th Ave, New Westminster
Tel: 604-521-3212

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $$

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