Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Sep 2009

Football-Shaped Stuffed French Toast at IHOP

Um, alright. So IHOP -- ye olde International House of Pancakes -- is partnering with the NFL because, well, why not.

They've renamed their scrambles after different levels of experience, and have produced AFC- and NFC-specific meals. I guess it's to appeal to its core constituency, who were probably around for the AFL days and still have a fierce conference loyalty. (Or because IHOP has red berries to represent the AFC and blue berries to represent the NFC.)

Anyway -- you have two options. Each conference has their own pancakes, with the AFC getting strawberry banana toppings, and the NFC getting blueberries and bananas.

The product of note, though, is the stuffed french toast, which is now shaped -- yes -- like a football. The AFC gets strawberries, the NFC gets compote.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 08 Sep 2009

22 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2009, 11:06pm by andrew


by Temo :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 2:56pm

Thanks Bill.

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 3:17pm

I may have to investigate these blueberry-and-banana pancakes. I'll get back to you.

by andrew :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 3:57pm

Our group returning from Dragoncon stopped at an IHOP on the way out of Atlanta and I saw those, a girl in our group got them when she ordered the "field goal special".

She got the NFC, and said it was very good. Atlanta being an NFC town and all (though she's originally from Tennessee, and now lives closer to the Dolphins). I doubt she knew the Dolphins were in the AFC. I managed to get a lot of my Almanac read on the 12 hour car trip each way.

by DavidL :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:22pm

What in the name of Lombardi is "compote"?

by Joe T. :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:24pm

Its berry fruit in gooey syrup.

by DavidL :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 5:45pm

Well that's just more confusing, then. I'm not sure I trust a menu option that translates as "fruit," any more than I'd trust one that says "meat." It feels like only a few steps from that to Repo Man's can of FOOD.

by Parmenides :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:59pm

It's not just berry fruit. You basically make a simple syrup, equal measure of sugar and water, and cook some type of fruit in it for a while. Peach Compote is great.

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 4:49pm

That's the guy who wrote "In Cold Blood". What he's doing in that french toast, I have no idea.

by andrew :: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 11:06pm

That's true, man.

by Joe T. :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:22pm

Their stuffed French toast is awesome. And now, more awesomer with the addition of AFCberry goodness.

by JoeHova :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:24pm

***What in the name of Lombardi is "compote"?***

I think it's basically the name for a pie-filling type of substance (i.e., syrup with pieces of fruit in it).

by bubqr :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 5:40pm

French toast ??? We are not doing anything remotely close to that thing down here.

And compote, in french, is mashed fruits. What I think you call puree, which is also a french word, but meaning mashed potatoes (purée).

by Mike Kurtz :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 5:52pm

Depends on the restaurant. Nicer restaurants will use the proper terms (you will get sea bass with fruit puree, and potato compote).

Anyway, in the end it's just another way of saying branded pain perdu.

by Telamon :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 6:48pm

This is the best extra point I've ever seen.

by Insancipitory :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:19pm

I wud nom dis.


by Richard :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:23pm

The pancakes with the sliced bananas and strawberry compote are delicious.

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 9:08pm

Maybe going to try this if get chance to go to ihoP . Could maybe go on Sunday morning if get up early enough becuause porbably goiong to go all ouit on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on Saturdyay night watch some college football and get crazy. NFC fernech toast sound better cuause of blueberrues, strabwrry okay but that is AFC food so would rather reperrsent AFC and Raiders so would have to get strawbery ones but might as well go two times and try AFc one once and NFC one other time. Then could compare. IHop should keep score at all restaruants. Like if seell 48 NFCs one da and 39 AFCs then NFC would win that day. Could have scoreboard in retsauarant that keep score ev eryday and then total up everything at end of season and whatever conefercene wins then that one won. NFc will proabbly win becyuause strabwerrues probably more porpilar than blueberries.

by andrew :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:37pm

Obviously we must break this down further, a fruit for every team, and then keep score: (all actual varieties found on the Berries Category at Wikipedia

Cowboys: Pokeberry (aka Pokeweed)
Giants: Blueberry
Redskins: Cranberry

Bears: Elderberry
Lions: Chokeberry
Vikings: Purple Chokeberry

Falcons: Tayberry

Cardinals: Strawberry
Rams: Huckleberry
Seahawks: Seaberry (aka Sea-BuckThorn)

Bills: Bilberry
Jets: Jostaberry
Patriots: Loganberry

Browns: Wolfberry


Raiders: Blackberry (maybe get free phone giveaway if they win)
Broncos: Orange
Chiefs: Red Currants
Chargers: Cloudberry

fill in the blanks...

by RickD :: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 10:53am

Steelers: ball bearings (berries made of steel)

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 1:37am

That's actually a great idea. Raiderjoe is also a marketing genius. Who knew?

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 09/08/2009 - 9:13pm

Tim Horton's should do the same thing, just make the plates 10% bigger, but force you to eat them with 25% fewer forkfuls.

by Guy #1 (not verified) :: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 9:05am

Good, football fans were too healthy