If you’re a big breakfast-foods lover chances are your calendar is already set up to remind you that February 27 is National Pancake Day. That’s the day when national comfort-food chain IHOP is giving away a free short stack of its original buttermilk pancakes that day from 7am to 7pm (or 10pm in some locations).
In return, the restaurant asks that you make a donation of any amount to one of its three partnering organizations: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children. All money generated in Philadelphia will benefit local branches of these companies, which includes the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
IHOP—which has been cranking out flapjacks for 60 years now—has a goal to make $5 million for the charities and to serve a record-breaking 5 million pancakes on National Pancake Day. (Hope you’re hungry!) The charitable portion of the event is actually in effect now through March 31 if you want to pop in to your local IHOP to make a donation.
The two IHOP locations nearest to Philadelphia are the one in the Gayborhood, at 1320 Walnut St, and Snyder Plaza, at 3 Snyder Ave. The Gayborhood location is serving free pancakes till 7pm, but you can snag free ones at the Snyder location till 10pm.
If IHOP’s not your style, check out our guide to the restaurants serving the best breakfast in Philadelphia. You’ll find pancakes aplenty there, too.