IHOP and Applebee’s here to enable your New Year’s failure with endless pancakes, riblets

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While a lot people and establishments start out the New Year by heading toward the healthy side of things, some are diving into the exact opposite. If on Jan. 4 you’re already fed up with your 2019 resolutions and would like to fall off the wagon in a big way, Applebee’s and IHOP are here to enable. The two restaurant chains have decided to kick off the new year with some all-you-can-eat deals, to fill up your stretched-out-from-holiday-eating stomach for a limited time (fortunately, says your pants).


At IHOP you can get all-you-can-eat pancakes with any breakfast combo, the ideal accompaniment to top off your light breakfast of Country-Fried Steak And Eggs or the Steakhouse Combo. Then for lunch and/or dinner, head to Applebee’s for all-you-can-eat riblets, chicken tenders, and shrimp with French fries and coleslaw for $14.99. And for your second round, you can even change up that main course, swapping the riblets out for shrimp, or vice-versa.

Okay, that does sound like a good deal for $15 (top it all off with a $1 cocktail—yikes). Frankly, the whole all-you-can-eat thing can sound fascinating to those of us who are not competitive eaters. Since I usually barely finish what’s on my restaurant plate, any AYCE deal would be lost on me. For my large-size husband, though, or my son who is either on the verge of a major growth spurt or is hosting a giant tapeworm, I’m tempted to take them to IHOP and Applebee’s to see just how many plates they can polish off. Since I assume that IHOP pancakes are only pennies per flip, not too worried about that chain. But Applebee’s might want to start stocking up on extra shrimp.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.


Dream Theater of the Absurd

All-you-can-eat just doesn’t appeal to me anymore now that I no longer have the metabolism of a growing teenager...

I mean, I can still grow, but now that I’m in my 50's I grow in circumference. :)