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Tomorrow is National Pancake Day – Get a Free Short Stack at IHOP and Donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

by Prince Of Petworth — February 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From an email:

I’m reaching out today about Tuesday’s National Pancake Day. All day at area IHOPs diners will receive a free short stack of pancakes. In lieu of payment, guests have the opportunity to make a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free pancakes – help cancer patients. It’s a win-win really. I’m hoping you’ll let PoPville know about the promotion. Last year in the DC Metro Area National Pancake Day raised $185,000 for LLS, and this year the 72 local stores have set a goal of $220,000.

IHOP is located on the 1400 block of Irving St, NW in DC USA

  • Anonymous

    Great that IHOP is helping diners donate to charity but I’m confused about the date. In my (Eastern European) culture I was always under the impression that pancake day is the same as Marti Gras:


    The point is that you fill up on all the deliciousness before lent! This year I’m thinking of having friends over for a “bilini” dinner. I’ll make stacks of traditional Russian crepes and might ask friends to bring whatever filling they’d like to put in them.

    Isn’t IHOP celebrating a week early?

    • Not sure if IHOP’s celebration has coincided with Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday in the past, but it definitely isn’t coinciding this year:


      For what it’s worth, I’d never heard of pancake-eating as a pre-Lenten ritual until a few years ago, when I heard about it from British friends. None of them are particularly religious, but the pancake thing seems to have become absorbed into secular culture there.

    • L

      Ha! I think you’re right: I laughed when I flipped my calendar from Jan to Feb this morning and noticed that February 12 (next Tuesday, not tomorrow) is Pancake Day.


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