We at Business Insider love a good bargain – especially when it comes to free food.
So when we heard about IHOP’s All You Can Eat pancake promotion, we immediately began dreaming of syrupy stacks.
Little did we know, our flapjack fantasy would fall into pancake perdition.
Here’s what it’s like to spend five hours in a Manhattan IHOP – and why this delicious deal may not be as sweet as it seems.
We arrived at 10am, ready to pile on the pancakes.
This 14th Street location is open 24 hours, which means that you could roll in at 3 a.m. and tackle the All You Can Eat challenge. The deal runs for the entire month of January, continuing into mid-February.
After our triumphant Shrimpsgiving at Red Lobster, we were feeling confident about this day. How could a day full of pancakes possibly go wrong?
We settle in and prepare to order.
While you can order just pancakes, the promotion offers five different combo plates to start. Kate decides on the egg combo, which comes with two eggs of your choice and a side of hash browns… plus infinite pancakes. Hollis chooses the sausage and egg combo, consisting of four sausage links, two eggs, and hash browns – and of course, pancakes galore.
Interestingly enough, ordering simply pancakes would cost $9.99, the same price as Hollis’ sausage combo, and a dollar more than Kate’s egg combo.
While perhaps this should have raised suspicions, we brushed it off and concocted a brash motto for the day: you stack ’em up, we knock ’em down.
While waiting for our order, we took in the scenery.
Above us was a rather eerie and foreboding image of a child dwarfed by an absurd totem of pancakes. It was interesting to say the least.
The soundtrack pumped us up with countless ’80s power ballads and anthems, and we felt like we could take on the world – or at least ten pancakes.
Our friendly and attentive waitress told us that the most impressive All You Can Eat showcase she had personally witnessed was ten flapjacks. However, the man who completed this astonishing feat “looked bad” by the end.
“What do mean?” Kate asked with a hint of anxiety.