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I'll hop away from IHOP in the future...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I've made the decision to never eat at IHOP again (unless for absolutely positively celebratory-and-i'm-starving moments). I mean, I looked closely at the nutrition info today to figure out where to eat tomorrow in between all the stuff I need and almost had a retroactive heart attack. On several occasions the past few months I'd had (when I realized I hadn't eaten all day) the Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Griller Sandwich with the little bit of fries on the side. I can eat a full one of those when I haven't eaten anything at all.

Well, I'm steering clear of that place now, because I finally found the comparison sheet of nutrition info (instead of going piecemeal on finding stuff), and just was aghast at the list. not so much the calorie content, which is what I usually focused on and is always in the slightly higher side, but the fat was unbelieveable. it was more than 100 grams of fat! I'm thinking of the ingredients and am just in sheer disbelief at the idea. I'm gonna have to find a way to make a poor man's version at home, I guess--which'll probably save me a ton in the long run. oh man.

It pretty much clinched the notion of me being a dennys customer from now on. I've seen the stats they've put up (and they've gotten better at putting new menu stats up quicker when it comes out), and they're far more reasonable (and the price isn't so bad, either). I mean, my fave thing to get at dennys is the ultimate skillet, and that's about half the calories and 1/3 the fat of that sandwich (and I also like that I get extra napkins and if the skillet looks like its pretty wet, I just push the food aside and soak up the excess. doesn't happen often, but I make sure to check--depends on the cook, you know). but its amazing that something I thought could be more fattening generally wasn't. then again, the skillet's largely veggies with a little sausage cut up in it and eggs on it. I love the tomato, spinach, bell pepper, onion, and roasted potatoes on that skillet.

Well, that clinched my decision. now if only I could get good stats from my fave seafood restaurant to make me steer clear of their pan-fried shrimp and those rolls they fresh bake...mmm...

One step at a time--just so glad I found that page today so as not to worry. I just love going to a sit-down place to drink coffee and get some work done. I'll be sticking to denny's from now on.
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    yeah, i just hate that they took the garden scramble off the menu at IHOP--that used to be the only thing i'd eat there b/c it was a good mix of stuff and even had pancakes, too (they do have the best pancakes and omelettes, i have to admit), but now that they don't have that menu option, i had to find other meals i wanted to eat. just ended up being not possible for me to eat there. I never get the lower-cal options b/c my mind blanks. however, i would get the spinach mushroom omelette sometimes with hollandaise on the side (otherwise they drown it), and with pancakes that thing was big enough that i'd save half the omelette for my dinner or late lunch and it filled me up fine. That's probably the only thing i'd get from now on from IHOP, but i'd still have to really watch the calories and not eat anything else the rest of the day (or save for the next day). Sheesh.
    1138 days ago
  • v DR1939
    I'm not an IHOP fan, but I thought they had a reduced calorie menu. I prefer Perkins. The nutrition is better than most and you can ask for any substitutions. You can order off the Senior Menu regardless of age, although you may have to pay full price. The Senior Menu has smaller servings. Of course, like all the rest most items are out of sight on calories, fat, and salt.
    1138 days ago
    Restaurant food is downright scary sometimes. Heart attack on a plate is the truth.
    1139 days ago
    It truly is amazing how much fat and calories can be crammed into food at our favorite restaurants. I'm generally flabbergasted because it really just doesn't seem possible sometimes. But I totally understand about wanting to drink coffee out of the house and get work done. I'm a student, and our dining hall is an all-you-can-eat place, but my favorite place in there is the coffee shop! I have learned to stay away from their Belgian waffles-1000 calories!!!!!! I just don't know how that happens.
    1139 days ago
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