Where do I go to get my fix when I’m coveting pancakes? Ok I always crave pancakes, but when I can’t hop on a flight to Kauai to eat the incredible Kaleheo Coffee Co. pancakes with fresh Hawaiian fruit, I settle for the next best thing: The International House of Pancakes. If you love breakfast food and are dreaming of stacked buttermilk pancakes, then you’ll feel right at home at IHOP. This weekend we ventured into Richmond to eat Saturday morning breakfast at IHOP’s No. 3 Road and Park Road location, directly across the street from Richmond Centre mall.
I ordered their breakfast special ($8.99) which was advertised on the whiteboard at the front of the restaurant. Two eggs any style with bacon or sausage, hashbrowns, and two pancakes with strawberry compote, whipped cream and cheesecake filling. I asked for my bacon to be “extra crispy” and I was served the crispiest, crunchiest most amazing bacon ever. Sure, they probably just threw the bacon in the deep-fryer, but regardless, bacon isn’t exactly the healthiest food. My eggs were cooked perfectly as I had asked for them to be scrambled – I detest runny eggs.
Gary ordered hashbrowns ($2.49) on the side to go with his meal. For all the coffee fiends out there that simply cannot wait for their server to refill their cup, IHOP keeps a carafe of coffee ($2.49 per person) on your table, so you never run low.
Look at this glorious photo, does it not incredible? If you’re a pancake lover, you will appreciate these flapjacks. Fresh, real (not an oil based ‘cream’ served at alternative restaurants) whipped cream, dripping with strawberry compote, and a cream cheese filling or ‘cheesecake’ as they call it. The hotcakes served at the IHOP on No.3 Road are always consistently thick and fluffy – the other Richmond IHOP (on St. Edwards Drive) pancakes are usually thinner and almost slightly rubbery in texture.
Here we go, the reason we came to IHOP: Chicken ‘n Waffles ($8.99). Their dish is served with butter, and mustard dipping sauce for the chicken. Now, I wouldn’t exactly call this Chicken ‘n Waffles, in the true soul food sense of the name – it’s more like chicken strips with waffles on the side. Not exactly the cohesive authentic Soul Food dish, since it was missing brown or white gravy and fried chicken with the bones still attached. However, individually the chicken tenders were lightly breaded and the waffles were delicious. Served with butter and mustard dipping sauce for the chicken.
Overall, IHOP on No. 3 Road in Richmond always offers friendly, prompt service, and consistently amazing pancakes. If you love western breakfast staples, you won’t be disappointed with this IHOP location.