Country Fried Steak from IHOP

Posted: February 23, 2012

Company description: An 8-ounce, country-fried beefsteak smothered in country gravy, served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Chain: IHOP.

Calories: 830, with 38 grams of fat and 2,300 mgs of salt.

Location: 1320 Walnut St.

Order time: Not speedy, but reasonable.

Price: $12.99.

Review: Since the International House of Pancakes' National Pancake Day is next Tuesday, the Chain Gang decided to visit IHOP and . . . not have pancakes. As the IHOP menu attempts to become more like Applebee's, they've added a bunch of new dishes including the crunchy, minimally meaty, Country Fried Steak with requisite gooey white gravy. It's like we died and went to Cracker Barrel heaven, which is where we will end up if we eat this high-calorie dish too often.

As for the Turkey/Bacon Club Sandwich ($8.69, 730 calories, 39 grams of fat, 2,040 mgs of salt), it's rare that a sit-down restaurant will serve deli meat in its turkey club and even rarer that they will serve it in three pieces rolled up like cigars (Oscar Mayer Lunchables, anyone?), but that's what IHOP did. And the roll was stale. And they forgot the cheese! Hey, the bacon and fries were good.

When it came to dessert, the new Crispy Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake ($4.99) wasn't sweet enough or tasty enough to warrant the 580 calories and 27 grams of fat. Although we love anything sitting in syrupy frozen strawberries, the "cheesecake" was more like a fried crepe stuffed with blandness.

Bottom line: What this all comes down to is that it's called the International House of Pancakes for a reason. The pancakes are great. Order them.

Every other Thursday the Chain Gang reviews the latest chain restaurant dishes.

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