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Pancakes don’t get nearly enough love until one very special day of the year and it’s today: people, it’s National Pancake Day! Flapjack fans, griddle girls and pancake pros—today, we rise! (Waffle weirdos, to back of the line with ‘ya.) Here’s where to get free pancakes for National Pancake Day, because 1) pancakes are amazing and 2) hooray for a super easy dinner tonight (you’re welcome).

Obvs, you’ll want to head to your local IHOP, a.k.a., the United Nations of Pancakes. Until 7 p.m. your time Tuesday, IHOP restaurants will give out free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day.

And if you’re super lucky and craving more pancake goodness after the kiddos go to bed, select IHOP locations will keep the deal going until 10 p.m. Tuesday.


Here’s an even better reason to grab yourself a piping hot stack of pancakes for National Pancake Day, besides the obvious benefit of a free meal: these are pancakes with a purpose.

In a statement, IHOP president Darren Rebelez said, “At IHOP, we think doing good is delicious. Every stack of pancakes we serve on our signature day counts toward helping our charity partners improve the health and lives of millions of children and families across the country.”

According to IHOP’s website, the company has raised more than $30 million to help its community partners since the first National Pancake Day in 2006. IHOP has chosen to spotlight three charities at its National Pancake Day website: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Get free pancakes? Help sick kids at the same time? Now that’s a delicious idea.

Now, onto the real question: are you a real maple syrup purist or do you like syrup that comes in a bottle shaped like a lady? Sound off in the comments.

—Keiko Zoll



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