IHOP ( International House of Pancakes originally ) is an American restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods such as pancakes, waffles, French toast ( French toast ), omelettes and Blintze. In addition, complete menus and desserts are offered.


The brothers Al and Jerry Lapin and Albert Karris founded IHOP in 1958. The first restaurant opened on 7 July 1958 in Toluca Lake, about 20 kilometers north of Los Angeles. The original idea was to create a restaurant that had a wide range of pancakes and a variety of similar dishes at affordable prices on offer. The chain is known today for its wide range of syrups. Later, lunch and evening meals were included in the offer. From 1979 to 1982 IHOP was in possession of the Wienerwald Holding the Austrian restaurateur Frederick Jahn.

On 30 September 2011 IHOP operation 1532 stores in 50 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala. The share of IHOP is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IHP. The headquarters of the chain is located in Glendale, California. The company has in the United States over 1500 stores. In August 2012, a branch office in Dubai and in February 2013 opened another in Kuwait.


IHOP was the focus of discussions at the Humane Society of the United States because of its exclusive use of eggs from laying hens. The laying hens were bred in small batteries and can not therefore critical states. Amateur footage showed in September 2009, sometimes sick and dead hens and poor sanitary conditions in the battery cages and cages.