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IHOP Opens in Harvard Square

An International House of Pancakes finally opened in Harvard Square on Nov. 22 after its opening was delayed from the summer. The IHOP is located on 16-18 Eliot Street across from the Charles Hotel, somewhat off-the-beaten-path from the rest of Harvard Square.

According to The Harvard Crimson, the IHOP seats about 96 people. I went for pancakes at a peak time (lunchtime on Sunday), and the wait for a party of two was less than five minutes.

Unlike many IHOP restaurants, the Cambridge IHOP has somewhat restricted hours — 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. By comparison, the Soldiers Field Road IHOP in Brighton is open 24 hours a day. The Crimson reported that IHOP applied for 4 a.m. closure, but was turned down by the Cambridge License Commission.

Food at the Harvard Square IHOP is standard IHOP fare. The food was tasty and the service prompt. Although my table had four varieties of flavored syrup, I had to steal the “old-fashioned” maple syrup from the next table over.

—John A. Hawkinson