A trip to visit my good friend Debbie in Jersey would be incomplete without a visit to some large chain restaurant for a meal. This trip, it was IHOP.
I haven’t been to an IHOP in years… and what I remember liking most was their flavored syrups. Seeing as though I was about 14… I think my tastes have changed some. But… I was up for trying it. I also forgot that IHOP is now more than just pancakes…
Debbie ordered the chicken fingers and fries. They were decent for fast food.
Mike went with an omelet. I remember there were also pancakes on the table, but it’s foggy where they came in.
I chose the 2 poached eggs + hashbrowns + bacon. I just had 1 request: “burn the bacon.” I like my bacon super crispy. There is nothing groser to me than whimpy bacon. Blech!
Luckily, we had a great waitress who recognized immediately that my bacon wasn’t crispy and sent it right back. Bravo waitress!
I was concerned about the eggs, however. They were pretty much sitting in water. Now I know it’s not easy to fish out a poached egg from the pot of boiling water, but at a restaurant, I’d expect them to do a little bit of draining.
So I just fished them out myself and set my bowl of water to the side. They weren’t bad. I wish they were more runny, but since it was IHOP, I was happy that they were runny at all.
And then… my bacon reappeared. And it was crispy. And I was happy.
For a chain, IHOP isn’t terrible. I’d much prefer a cosy diner, but this was just fine.