When I was first married and living in Cleveland, OH, my husband and I went to iHop (International House of Pancakes) and treated ourselves to one of their biggest breakfasts consisting of bacon, eggs, hash brown potatoes, pancakes with syrup, sausage, toast, juice and coffee. Everything was delicious and we could not eat the rest of the day. Forty years later, living in Hanover, PA, a small town just over the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line, I have tried several restaurants serving pancakes in portions and flavors ranging from simple to calorie-rich.
Besides a few small, independently owned restaurants such as The Victory Diner and Dutch Pantry, Hanover boasts a Perkins Restaurant where they serve breakfast throughout the day. They offer a senior menu at reduced portions and prices for those over 55. They make their pancakes with a secret buttermilk recipe, served as the Buttermilk 3 for $3.79 or the Buttermilk 5 for $5.99. Both come with a choice of Maple, Apricot or Twinberry syrup. Side orders for bacon, hash browns or sausage are extra. My favorite type of pancake at Perkins are Potato Pancakes made with grated potatoes, onion and parsley, and served with applesauce and bacon for $4.59.
Twenty miles south of Hanover, in Westminster, MD, is a Bob Evans Restaurant that serves breakfast all day along with regular lunch and dinner fare. You will find their hotcakes consisting of three large pancakes in your choice of batter, including buttermilk, multigrain, blueberry or sweet cinnamon, and served with warm syrup for $4.49. My favorite Bob Evans breakfast fare are their “to die for” Crepes – two delicate crepes filled with vanilla cream cheese and topped with a warm raspberry topping for $4.79. Side orders are extra.
Thirty-two miles south of Hanover is the closest iHop restaurant, located in Reisterstown, MD. They offer several very tasty pancake treats, including the Buttermilk Trio (for those who are watching calories) for $5.29, a four-stack of chocolate chip, blueberry or multi-grain pancakes for $5.59, and Potato pancakes for $5.99. Here, just as at Bob Evans, my favorite is their Swedish Crepes in which they serve four crepes filled with lingonberries and topped with lingonberry butter for $5.79. The restaurant runs specials by adding side orders, fresh fruits or new flavors to the standard menu.
Although both are not exactly local, the crepes – and the prices – at both Bob Evans Restaurant and iHop are worth the travel time.