What Not to Eat: IHOP's Breakfast Combo is Too Much

“It’s time to have it all!” chirps the IHOP Web site. “When it comes to breakfast, why choose just one thing? Our breakfast combos put your favorites together on one plate, so you can dig into everything you love—from eggs to steaks to pancakes!”


That’s right. IHOP’s Country Fried Steak & Eggs isn’t one thing. It’s “an 8 oz. fried beef steak smothered in country or sausage gravy, then served with two eggs, hash-browns and two buttermilk pancakes.” Nothing like a mix of fried red meat, fried eggs, fried potatoes, and a load of refined carbs (from the breading, pancakes, syrup, and potatoes) for breakfast.

IHOP isn’t kidding. The meal does have it all—all the calories (1,970—about a day’s worth), all the saturated fat (30 grams—your full quota for the next day and a half), all the sodium (4,240 milligrams—3 days’ worth), and all the sugar (11 teaspoons—close to two days’ worth), if you use a typical quarter cup of syrup. Think of it as six McDonald’s Egg McMuffins sprinkled with 8 packets of sugar.

No worries. As the Web site says, IHOP is the place “Where it’s all about flavor. Not about limits.”

They probably wouldn’t charge too much to add some French toast, waffles, sausage, and bacon if you ask nicely.

5 Replies to “What Not to Eat: IHOP's Breakfast Combo is Too Much”

  1. Overdoing it — that’s what I call that deal 🙁

    I could do with either the pancakes, or the eggs and hash browns; my alternative would be French toast and bacon or sausage. Leave that steak for supper, if you ask me.

    If you ask me, IHOP should know where to draw the line.

  2. I love the way it’s compared with a large family’s worth of Egg McMuffins! It really helps to put it in perspective.

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