Would you visit a pancake house if you couldn’t eat the pancakes? Hmm, maybe not. Though ordering vegan at IHOP seems a little strange, plant-based people still do find themselves at IHOP with family or friends. And if you do, you’ll at least be able to have to have a bite for breakfast and a cup of coffee.
What do you think makes this famous family restaurant so appealing? Could it be the colorful menu full of comfort foods or the super laid-back style and stimulating atmosphere? Whatever it is attracts hungry customers who gobble up over 700 million IHOP pancakes annually at more than 1,700 IHOP locations across the United States.
You may be wondering if your hungry belly might become a hangry monster by the time you mull over the menu. After all, how could you find anything vegan at IHOP without losing your mind? Luckily, we’re here to help.
Fast Forward to the Vegan Food Choices at IHOP
Breakfast is your best bet here. If you don’t mind passing on the pancakes and waiving the waffles, then you can get some pretty good grub.
Vegan Breakfast Menu at IHOP:
- Oatmeal (made with water) and syrup, a fruit cup, and a side of potato pancakes
- A toasted English muffin with extra avocado, a side order of sautéed veggies, and juice
- Grits, sourdough toast with jam or peanut butter, and an order of hash browns
- A flour tortilla spread generously with peanut butter (or a nut butter you bring along) and blueberry compote (or strawberry glaze), rolled up and served with a fruit cup
Lunch and dinner might be a bit trickier with fewer options for anything savory or substantial. You could easily choose a breakfast combo from above or try these simple suggestions for eating vegan at IHOP.
Vegan Lunch & Dinner Menu at IHOP:
- House salad, fries, corn tortillas stuffed with sauteéd veggies and topped with avocado and salsa
- Minestrone soup, two slices of sourdough toast with avocado, potato pancakes, and broccoli florets
- A double order of hash browns, sauteéd veggies, and the house salad
Vegan Options at IHOP
- House Salad (no croutons, with Raspberry Vinaigrette)
- Minestrone Soup
Vegan Breakfast Foods:
- English Muffin
- Fresh Fruit Cup
- Hash Browns
- Oatmeal (made with water)
- Potato Pancakes
- Broccoli Florets
- Hash Browns
- House Salad
- Potato Pancakes
- Sautéed veggies (onions, peppers, mushroom, spinach)
- Sourdough Toast (no butter)
- Tortillas (corn or flour)
NOTE: Some sides are only available at certain locations. Please ask your server for availability.
Vegan Fruit Sauces/Dressings:
- Blueberry Compote
- Chocolate Sauce
- Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Glaze
- Jam/Peanut Butter
- Brewed and Herbal Tea
- Flavored & Regular Iced Teas
- Fountain Drinks
- Juices (Apple, Cranberry, Orange, Tomato, Grapefruit)
NOTE: IHOP also offers an assortment of alcoholic beverages, but the options differ from one location to the next and also from state to state. Please double-check your options on Barnivore.com—the vegan beer, wine, and liquor guide.
Plenty of Time to Plan Ahead?
Eating vegan at IHOP doesn’t have to be intimidating or impossible. Try out these tips below to make your meal more manageable.
- Drag in Your Own Dressing – With only one option for salad dressing, you might find it easier to prepare with dressing packets. Or, just bring a bottle from home. Another option is to ask for a lemon or avocado–or both!
- Hail to Hummus – Satisfy both your protein and dressing needs with a homemade oil-free hummus. Totally tasty on salad, potatoes, or toast!
- Protein Power – Since the plant-based protein options are low to no, bring your own! Sneak in veggie sausages or a black bean burger to boost up your breakfast. Take in some tofu or tempeh to add to your tortilla. The options are endless!
- Condiments are Key – Meals can go from meh to mouthwatering if you have the right toppings. For instance, think about adding hot sauce, spices (like cinnamon for sweet or cayenne for spicy), and anything salty (soy sauce, curry sauce, or ketchup) to give your supper some sass!
Helpful Hints When Ordering Vegan at IHOP
- Browse IHOP’s website before ordering. Check out their Allergen Information chart and their Nutritional Information Guide to help you order.
- If ordering vegan through IHOP’s website or online service, make sure you clearly specify any substitutions you would like, especially concerning eggs or cheese. If you’re worried that your request may be overlooked, then it may be a better idea to call or go there directly to order.
Interesting Facts About IHOP
- IHOP was called “The International House of Pancakes” for the first 15 years of existence. It didn’t become an acronym until after 1973.
- Did you know that Applebee’s has been owned by IHOP since 2007?
- Genuine maple syrup is only available at IHOPs in Vermont for an extra $.99 charge.
- In the 1980s, all of the successful IHOP restaurants were renovated and redesigned, except for the ovens. (Weird!)
- New York City’s East Village location had to have a “smog-hog” because of the strong bacon smell that emanated from the restaurant which caused people to move to other areas. (Ugh.)
- When Al Lapin Jr. changed his delivery service business “Coffee Time” to “The International House of Pancakes” in 1958, he insisted that every single table should have a full pot of coffee on it.
Want More Vegan Options at IHOP?
Take action and let them know! Your voice really does matter. Write to them, message them on social media, or talk to the manager of your local branch. Trust us, they are listening, and the more they hear it, then the faster they’ll evolve. Because imagine how perfect it would be to have vegan pancakes and waffles whenever you wanted!
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Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-IHOP creations with all of us!
This article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with IHOP. At the time of this article, the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.