Free Pancake Reminder – Line Up Starts at 6am Tues. Morning at IHOP

I’ll admit, I’m far more interested to see “Notable Pastry Chefs Sculpt Monument Out Of Pancakes”. Anyone already check out the IHOP at DC USA? If so how was the experience?

From a press release:

Free Flapjacks For First 1,500 Guests; Notable Pastry Chefs Sculpt Monument Out Of Pancakes; Live Entertainment Over 100 New Jobs, Continued Rebirth of Community

· The first 1,500 guests will be treated to (or receive a certificate for) a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes.

· Notable D.C. pastry chefs (Leslie Goldman-Poyourow of Fancy Cakes by Leslie and Randi Goldman of Creative Cakes, Inc.) will create an iconic replica of one of Washington’s most famous monuments using thousands of pancakes with the help of students from the culinary program at Bell Multicultural High School.

· Live entertainment (magician, clown, stilt walker, etc.) will entertain the crowds
· A contribution will be made to the Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Bell Multicultural High School

WHY: IHOP is celebrating its leadership in sales and restaurant openings in the family dining category, has plans for additional growth, and wants to thank the community of Columbia Heights for its support.

WHO: Mayor Adrian Fenty
Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1)
Council Chairman Elect Kwame Brown
Julia Stewart, Chairman and CEO, DineEquity, Inc. (parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s)
Jean Birch, President, IHOP
Clarence Jackson, Sr., Clarence Jackson III and Tyoka Jackson (The Jackson Investment Co. LLC, Local IHOP Franchisee)

WHEN: TUESDAY, November 23, 2010

6 00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Guests allowed to line up for free flapjack certificates
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pancake monument sculpting by notable pastry artists
9:00 a.m. Ribbon cutting with dignitaries
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Live entertainment for guests (Stilt walker, Clown, Magician)

WHERE: IHOP at DC USA, 3100 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (Columbia Heights)

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  • I went for breakfast yesterday (Sunday) with a friend, and was really happy with the experience. It was really crowded, but the staff were organized and the wait wasn’t that long. Our server was super nice, our food came promptly, and oh man… the chocolate chip pancakes and cheesy scrambled eggs started my Sunday off right (yes, I got both – it’d been a long Saturday night). I’m looking even more forward to being able to go there for a late-night/post-party breakfast food fix.

  • they seem to be doing pretty well–i walked by yesterday morning on my way to target and there were at least 4 parties standing on the sidewalk waiting to be seated.

  • I was there early (7:30 ish) Saturday morning. Still a few kinks to work with service but mmmm those pumpkin praline pancakes!!!

  • What is a pancake monument? That is even more exciting than the free flapjacks in my opinion.

  • I went on Saturday afternoon with 3 friends. We got there around 3:00 and waited about 20 minutes for a table. The staff at the front was friendly and seemed fairly well organized. Our waiter was a bit frazzled by the crowd but she was friendly and attentive. The food was as expected for ihop and came out hot and within a reasonable amount of time. Overall a good first impression.

  • I drove by yesterday on 14th St. and couldn’t find it.
    Is it on one of the side streets? (dumb question, it would have to be.)

  • We went last Thursday night and the place was packed (there was a line by the time we left). Everyone was really friendly. Our server was obviously new at waiting tables, but he was so eager to make sure he was doing ok that we overlooked any slowness.

    It was great, too, seeing such a diverse group of people. So many places in CH appeal to only one group or another – but IHOP had everyone. Maybe IHOP will help us break down our barriers between gentrifyers and gentrification haters.

  • It is on the north side of Irving St, just a few doors down from Panda Express and directly across the street from CommonWealth.

  • we went sunday morning, early, around 9 or 9:30, just before the major line hit. we got a table right away. unfortunately, though our server was very nice, our order still did not come after 45 minutes. it was not a problem with the kitchen, as the tables around us got their food in a timely manner. and our waitress kept coming back to apologize after about 1/2 hour, saying the kitchen didn’t seem to get our order even though it was printed on a receipt looking thing she showed us, and she seemed really frazzled. so we waited another 15 minutes, and still no food. we have a 4 year old, he was getting antsy, so we were just about to leave when half our order came out, so we all shared that. the rest of our order, including my son’s chocolate pancake still had not come out, so we told her we had to leave, and they decided not to charge us. so we just left a tip for the apologetic waitress.

    i’m sure this was just a first week snafu, and there definitely did not seem to be a problem with other tables not getting food. the wait staff all seemed very nice and attentive, several people came over to see if they could help us, we definitely did not lack for attention to the problem. there was just some weird screw up in the order. we’ll definitely be back to try again, but we’ll make sure to get there a bit early on the weekend again, since they get really slammed (people outside the door) late morning. the problem we had was handled well, the waitress even found a bowl of fruit to bring out while we were waiting for our order, so that was nice. i felt bad for her. they’re definitely trying, and i think it’s a great addition to the neighborhood. i wish they’d open one in the new georgia ave. metro building!

    also nice to see so many people newly employed! good training, too. i’m sure all the kinks will be worked out soon.

  • Ate there this morning. It’s guud! Yes, the waitstaff is a little green, but they’re learning and they’re energetic. Green staff tells me IHOP likely hired locally and are willing to train people with new skills. I can get behind that.

  • only in DC would people get all excited about an IHOP.

  • I’m glad to hear mostly positive stories here about the new IHOP. I’ve been hearing mostly ignorant complaints (mostly at the Post) and someone in the comments on DCentric who complained that there were too many black new hires (HUH?!)

    If I can get up early enough tomorrow, I’ll try to make it out there to support it. But I’m coming from the ‘burbs, so it’ll take a miracle for me to get there early enough.

  • In the supposedly most “powerful city in the world” its laughable what little it takes culturally to get the masses salivating.

  • The food is generic, passable IHOP (what else would you expect?).
    The staff is almost comically overly friendly and attentive. It’s like they are reading a script – the hostess literally said as she described the special pancake menu, “and they are all….MMM…..MMM….. good”. My waitress probably checked on my four times as I was eating. That said, I kinda prefer that over the insufferable blase waitstaff typically found in town.

  • Knowing full well what to expect from an iHop I went with a friend the other day. Both my table and the one next to me had to have their food returned to the kitchen several times and they completely forgot our hashbrowns.

    Won’t be going back unless it’s three a.m. and I am craving some poor service and food.

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