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(ihop.com) – Bellingham (Sehome Village)

How I heard of this place: I know IHOP has been around for ages, but it wasn’t until about eight years ago that I remember having sampled its fare for the first time. Reason being: it’s the first day of the Baha’i Fast and a group of twenty, or more, of us wanted to start the morning off right…and early! We enjoyed our five o’clock morning meal on that early March morning. Since then, I have been back two or three times for the same reason.

Type of cuisine: Pancakes. Being the International House of, it seems obvious that their specialty would be pancakes. “Although IHOP restaurants are best known for their signature pancakes, omelettes and other breakfast specialties, IHOP restaurants are open throughout the day and evening hours and offer a broad array of lunch, dinner and snack items as well.”

Ambiance: Their website says, “IHOP restaurants feature moderately priced, high-quality food and beverage items, and table service in an attractive and comfortable atmosphere.” For me, the space is reminiscent of a 1980s diner with hospital-inspired colors and decor (light blues and pinks with light brown accents). They offer booth and chair/table seating for patrons, most of whom are over the age of 60 years. The space is comfortable and easy, casual and without over-attention to detail. Fluorescent lights brighten up the space with yellow-ed tones.

IHOP Tables

What I ordered: We were encouraged to go to IHOP on this date because the Seahawks had just scored 21 points in their game the night before and everyone in Washington is invited to print off a coupon and enjoy a free short-stack of IHOPs signature buttermilk pancakes. Each of us ordered a side (estimating $2.50 each), ordered off menu: two of us selected bacon (four strips) and one ordered sausage links (4 sausages). There was also one order for drip coffee, which came in a large carafe for easy and no-wait, no-hassle refills.

On a subsequent visit, Saturday, December 4, 2010: A friend and I partook of the Seahawks victory and visited the Northgate International House of Pancakes for our free short-stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. The server with his mullet-style, graying hairdo, brusque face and amazingly sincere, friendly demeanor made quite an impression on me! He offered us melted butter and warmed syrup to top our three-high pancake stacks, which definitely improved the flavor and the experience!

Side a Pancakes

On a return visit, Saturday, March 2, 2013:┬áIt seems that each year, I make a hesitant trip to IHOP, and this year, it was in celebration of the first day of the Nineteen Day Baha’i Fast. A group of nine of us met at 5:30 in the morning on this cold Saturday to partake of the large portions of expensive breakfast items that any other diner would serve for half the price.

My husband ordered a Spinach & Mushroom Egg-White Omelet ($10.79) with a side of sausage ($3.79), a side of bacon ($3.79) and a large cranberry juice ($3.29).

Egg White Omelete

Two of our friends were seated at the same four-person table. One chose to create his own omelet, with nearly everything in it: bacon, sausage, tomato, ham, bell peppers, onion, spinach and mushrooms, topped with Swiss cheese ($8.99 plus $0.99 per topping).

Create Your Own Omelet

The last order at our table (since I had brought my own green smoothie and whole avocado) was for Whole Grain Blueberry Pancakes ($9.49), scrambled eggs and a side of pancakes.

Blueberry Whole Grain Pancakes

What I loved: I loved the fresh maple syrup that was brought to our table at the time our pancakes arrived. I also loved that the meal was free!

Why I loved it: The servers are friendly and feel completely at home with their customers, asking you to move over so she can sit while she writes down your order.

Cost: Low ($4-$10 per breakfast entree)

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