I ate the same meal at both IHOP and Denny's, and the pancake-focused chain was better in every way
- IHOP and Denny's serve more or less the same menu: breakfast food.
- I went to an IHOP and a Denny's in New York City and ordered the same meal at both: a breakfast platter, an omelette, french toast, and a breakfast specialty.
- IHOP's food blew Denny's offerings out of the water, with every single item tasting significantly better than its Denny's counterpart.
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When it comes to diner-style breakfast food, there are two megachains that have been duking it out since what seems like the beginning of time.
Denny's and IHOP have similar premises: affordable, all-American breakfast classics served with speed and reliability.
But which does it better?
To find out, I went to both Denny's and IHOP and ordered very similar meals. I tried the pancakes, french toast, breakfast platters, omelettes, and breakfast specialties at both restaurants.
A couple of thousand calories and some mild heartburn later, I had a clear answer.
It turns out IHOP is better than Denny's in every single way. The competition isn't even close.
See for yourself.