There are a decent amount of vegan options at IHOP. IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is a popular restaurant chain famous for it's pancakes and breakfast foods. Unfortunately, currently there is not a vegan waffle, French toast or vegan pancake option. But there are a few menu items that can fit in with a vegan diet. So what are the vegan options at IHOP? Read on to find out.
NOTE: All nutritional and allergen information can be found on the IHOP web-site. They have also posted a Vegetarian and Vegan Menu Guide.
Breakfast is the biggest area where IHOP is lacking in vegan options. All of their pancakes, waffles, French toast, breakfast burritos and crepes contain animal ingredients. It's definitely frustrating as they do have an entire gluten-friendly menu but nothing for vegans.
While there aren't full vegan meals on IHOP’s menu, there are several side vegan items.
- Hash Browns - no butter
- Crispy Breakfast Potatoes
- Mixed Fruit Cup
- French Fries
- Steamed Vegetables or Broccoli - no butter
- Sautéed Veggies (spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and onions)
- Multi-grain toast - no butter
- Corn Tortilla
- Crispy Potato Pancakes
- Rice and Barley Medley
NOTE: Bread options vary by location. Some restaurants serve sourdough toast or an English muffin but you'll need to check at the restaurant to check if they're egg and dairy free.
Toppings and Additions
There are a few toppings for omelettes that can also work as a filling for a tortilla or with breakfast potatoes.
- Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Sauteed Green Peppers & Onions
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Sauteed Spinach
- Fire Roasted Poblano Salsa
Soup, salad and dressings
What's really surprising is that IHOP doesn't have any vegan salad dressings. Even their balsamic vinaigrette isn't vegan. So while they might have salad options, you'd have to eat it without dressing. However, their minestrone soup is a good lunch option, especially combined with a side dish.
- House Salad (no dressing)
- Chicken & Veggie Salad (No chicken or dressing)
- Minestrone Soup
Syrups, Jams and Sauces
There are several kinds of vegan syrup varieties. But without any vegan pancakes, waffles or crepes, I'm not sure what the syrup would go on top of.
- Various Jelly/Jam Flavors
- Blueberry Syrup or Compote
- Old Fashioned Maple Syrup
- Strawberry Syrup
- Chocolate Sauce
- Strawberries in Glaze
There are many vegan drink options at IHOP.
- Iced Cold Brew Coffee
- Hot Tea
- Sweeter Tea
- Lemonade Iced tea
- Unsweetened Iced Tea
- Apple Juice
- Cranberry Juice
- Orange Juice
- Tomato Juice
- Sierra Mist
- Mountain Dew
- Pepsi and Diet Pepsi
- Blue Raspberry Lemonade Splasher
- Mango Lemonade Splasher
- Wildberry Lemonade Splasher
If you are creative, you can put together a filling meal at IHOP made without animal products. Any of the following would be great with a fruit bowl on the side.
- Order the multigrain toast and a side of avocado to make avocado toast.
- Try topping the hash browns with tomatoes and sautéed veggies.
- You could order a corn tortilla, sautéed veggies, avocado and crispy breakfast potatoes to make a veggie breakfast burrito.
For Lunch or Dinner
- Try a bowl of minestrone soup with some French fries on the side.
- You could order a corn tortilla, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, fire roasted poblano salsa and avocado to make a veggie burrito. Add a side of French fries.
NOTE: Check your local IHOP location as not all options are available at all restaurants.
New Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
IHOP is testing it's first vegan breakfast sandwich at one location in New York City. It's called the Plant Based Cali and is made with with Sweet Earth brand vegan sausage and JUST Egg. It also features arugula, roasted tomatoes and avocado, all on a vegan bun. This location is operated by franchisee Bryan Mckenzie who is also vegan and wanted to respond to a growing demand for plant based options. Check out this article by VegNews to find out more. Hopefully the Plant Based Cali will be a new menu item at locations across the country.
While I wouldn't call IHOP Restaurant a vegan-friendly place, there are solid choices beyond fries and a side salad. Actually, the standard vegan meal of a side salad won't even work there since they do not have any vegan salad dressings. If you stop there for lunch, you can put together a decent vegan meal with their side dishes such as a veggie burrito with fries. For breakfast, your best bet is either avocado toast or a veggie breakfast burrito that you make yourself as neither one is actually on the IHOP menu. A veggie burger or other plant based option would be great additions to the menu that hopefully will be there in the future.
As consumer demand increases, the restaurant chains will respond. The pancake house really lacks breakfast items without dairy products. All the pancakes, waffles, and French toast contain dairy and some also contain eggs. Hopefully one day they'll have vegan pancakes or waffles as they aren't difficult to make and they should be aiming to be more inclusive. They already have a gluten-friendly menu which has both pancakes and waffles. Next step needs to be more vegan options!
Interested in finding out what's vegan at other restaurants? Check out:
- What's Vegan at Cracker Barrel?
- Vegan Options at Red Lobster
- What's Vegan at Sonic?
- Vegan Options at Arby's
Really in the mood for pancakes? Try this recipe for Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes. It's quicker than making pancakes on the stove top!