Monday April 21st 2014

Free pancakes! National Pancake Day is March 4

By: Shannon Bryan

I prefer mine shaped like the letter “S.”

That’s the way my friend’s dad used to make pancakes for us when I slept over. An “S” for Shannon, a “B” for Bridget. It was one my fondest memories from college. Wait – it was probably elementary school. That would make more sense.

Whether it’s shaped like a letter or poured over with real maple syrup and piled with fruit, pancakes are THE morning comfort food. And most folks have a favorite.

Those plate-shaped pillows of joy gave a reason to get up in the morning. They’re pancakes, for breakfast’s sake! Oatmeal doesn’t have that kind of power. And when’s the last time you eagerly peeled back the blankets in the morning with thoughts of Fiber One dancing in your head? I’ll tell you: Never!

So let us celebrate the pancake. Let us give it its due. Let us raise it high – and then eat it.

And at IHOP locations on Tuesday, March 4, we can eat it for free.

The chain restaurant – with a location on Maine Mall Road in South Portland – is offering free pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day. From 7 am-10 pm Tuesday (Fat Tuesday, no less), IHOP is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers. In return – once those pancake-eaters are contentedly stuffed – they’re hoping to gather donations for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

It’s comfort food for good. For more info, check out www.ihoppancakeday.com

Pancake Race!

You can also cheer on your favorite pancake flippin’ team at the Pancake Race — a new event for Maine Restaurant Week — starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday in front of Rising Tide Brewery and Maine Craft Distilling at 101 Fox St. in Portland. Teams of four, including Team Maine Today will race while flipping a pancake in a skillet. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Go Maine Today!