Updated
Jun 13th, 2018
First Posted
Jun 11th, 2018

IHOP

1101 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33304
(954) 567-9687
Overall Rating
2.3
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review
12/03/2014

Details

Hours: Open 24 hours
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Private Lot
CC: Yes
Alcohol: None
Entree Prices: Moderate
Outdoor: No
Reservations: No

Pros

Open 24 Hours
Breakfast All Day

Cons

Disappointing Recipes
Poor Execution

Insider Tips

Stick to Basics

Critic's Review

It's official. The International House of Pancakes has changed their name to International House of Burgers. With dopey millenials forking up $16-18 for ground beef, the switch to burgers was too compelling to resist.

Cheeseburger Fries and a 16oz drink: $6.99.

Of course they sold burgers before, so this is just a "temporary" PR stunt.

Review 12/3/14

I wasn't going out to eat today, but as I was driving home I decided to stop into IHOP for a late breakfast. I hadn't been to this location in 4 years; not that I expected much to change.

There's always a couple of people in IHOP or Denny's, no matter what time of day. The place is virtually the same as it was; lots of booths and more diner-like than the past couple of diners I've been to.

They give you a pot of coffee, which avoids the constant topping off of the mini-cup. It's pretty bad coffee, but I have to have coffee with eggs.

I don't recall if they had the syrup setup last time; I'm not a big pancakes guy but you certainly have some choices if you get them here.

I usually don't order omelets, but I noticed a "Chorizo Fiesta Omelet", which seemed interesting. The description on the menu was as follows:

A spicy chorizo omelette topped with citrus chili sauce, served with a fresh grilled serrano pepper

The picture on the menu looked pretty good. My server, who did a good job of keeping an eye on me, didn't know which omelet I was referring to. "Oh, the Spicy Omelete". I guess that's what they call it. I ordered it with hash browns, which are really good at IHOP.

They play 50s music here; The Drifters and The Tune Weavers with Boogie Woogie Christmas mixed in. When the omelet came out, my heart sank a bit. First of all, it smelled terrible. Before I put a fork to it, I was wondering if I'd be able to eat it at all. Notice in the menu picture the sauce is red; this was brown. Stinky brown.

The hash browns looked just about perfect, so at least I had that. I wouldn't starve.

The sauce was, in fact, awful. But the sausage itself was rather benign; nothing spicy about it but it wasn't bad, and with eggs and cheese an onions I was able to salvage some food.

The Serrano pepper, which was supposed to be "freshly grilled", was raw. I cut it in half to verify it was raw. The rough cut of the sausage was odd; like they tore up a sausage patty and threw it on. A couple of pieces of pepper; if they took some care to make this and left off the sauce, this could have been good.

My fault for ordering something complicated in a place with a minimum wage cook.

Conclusion

Back in the day IHOP was a treat, but it's grown into a tired chain; same story as Denny's. Don't order anything complicated and you'll be fine.

Review 11/19/10

I hadn't been to an iHop in ages. But I figured a lot of people on vacation look for iHops. So there I was.

This place has a strange feel to it; it smells like maple syrup. It was mid afternoon so it was pretty empty. I suppose its not a bad looking place, but the syrup smell irked me a bit.

The menu wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. I have a policy about not ordering things that don't even look good in the pictures, so my choices were limited. I wasn't all that hungry, and the sausages in the picture looks nice and plump, so I just went with a quickie breakfast. The coffee here is terrible; they do put a pot on the table so you don't have to worry about an empty cup, but after the cubano coffee I had yesterday this was just junk. Finally the food was served.

The sausages were a lot smaller than in the picture. The hash browns were pretty good; much better than the version I had at Ocean's the other day. The food was pretty good over all.

Service, however, was bad. I purposely put my empty creamers and empty sugar packets as the service end of the table; the server never made any attempt to clear the table. Its just basic service to do that. It's iHop, so I guess I just expected too much.

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Admin
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Turns out the IHOb thing was a stunt; a stunt that didn't go well.
Dan
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Their hamburgers aren't selling like hotcakes :-)

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