Review: International House of Pancakes (IHOP) Stuffed French ToastAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
International House of Pancakes
9750 North by Northeast Boulevard
Fishers, Indiana 46037
Over the years, I’ve seen a ton of IHOP commercials but have not been to one often (maybe not ever) because the nearest IHOP location to me was at least a twenty minute drive away. With Denny’s, Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel all within five minutes of my house, I really didn’t have the motivation to drive that far for a similar chain breakfast. When this IHOP location opened five minutes from my house within the past month, I knew it was time to finally break the seal.
What I Got: Stuffed French Toast Combo; $7.49.
Since I’m too lazy to type out the description, I’ll just ”borrow” the text from IHOP’s menu page: “Cinnamon raisin French toast with a sweet cream filling, crowned with your choice of cool strawberry topping, warm blueberry or cinnamon apple compote and whipped topping. Served with two eggs, hash browns, two bacon strips or two pork sausage links.” For my purposes, I chose the cinnamon apple compote and the two pork sausage links.
First, let’s go with what I’m going to call the “accoutroments” (i.e. the basic breakfast stuff) in the eggs, hash browns and sausage links. I got my eggs scrambled and they were pretty much what you’d expect. It was the same with the hash browns and the sausage links. There was nothing special or memorable about them and that’s why I didn’t bother to include them in my picture.
The real main attraction of the dish was the Stuffed French Toast. I’ve had French Toast countless times in my life, but never stuffed French Toast. I’ve seen countless food programs where they make stuffed french toast and I’ve always wanted to eat my television while watching, so I was pretty excited for this one. When it was delivered to my table, I thought that while it looked good, I was less than impressed with the size. It was two small pieces of toast with filling and toppings. I would have expected two monster pieces of toast when you are trying to make something the star of the show. Not off to a good start here.
As far as taste was concerned, I would rate it as slightly above average. The toast was well cooked/toasted and it did taste pretty solid. It was a little dry for my liking, but that could be fixed with one of IHOP’s five syrup options, which inlude Original, Sugar Free, Blueberry, Strawberry and Butter Pecan. Perhaps I’m a rube (I am), but I had no idea they offered multiple syrup options. I tried every single one of them and chose the Butter Pecan because it was weird, yet appealing. It really did save the dryness of the toast for me. The sweet cream filling was tasty, but very runny. I was expecting something a little more solid to hold the toast together. Still, it wasn’t horrible. The only true negative in this entire order was the cinnamon apple compote. I LOVE cinnamon and I especially love cinnamon apple compote, but this did not taste fresh, nor was it warmed up at all. It was cold and tasted like it had been spooned straight out of the can. Frankly, it went from me sort of liking this stuffed French Toast to deciding that it was just “blah.”
Would I Buy It Again? Stuffed French Toast…not from here. IHOP…yes. Heck, it’s breakfast and there are a million options, why not go there? There’s got to be something decent on the menu, right? For next time, I’ve got my eyes on the breakfast funnel cakes, assuming they still have them when I go.
In terms of IHOP though, it’s pretty much the exact same as Denny’s. You can get a decent meal for a semi-decent price, but don’t expect any culinary masterpieces…that definitely includes this Stuffed French Toast. I guess I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board to find another place that does this incredibly appealing dish right.