When my husband and I were dating, we’d often head over to our local diner at some interesting hour of the night to satisfy my craving for breakfast. I could eat waffles and omelets any time of the day and be content, so when I learned that IHOP was introducing their new Griddle Melts, my first thought was that the concept was brilliant! My husband actually doesn’t particularly enjoy breakfast, but he was sold on the idea since the new menu item featured is a grilled sandwich.
Suitable for breakfast or lunch, IHOP’s new Griddle Melts feature artisan sourdough bread and come in three varieties, one of which offers a vegetarian option. But since these breakfast sandwiches are made-to-order, I imagine you could somewhat customize each one based on your likes and dislikes.
I ordered the Spinach, Roasted Pepper, and Cheese Griddle Melt which features sautéed spinach in an omelet with roasted red peppers, onions, melted Provolone, Parmesan, and Pepper Jack Cheese on grilled artisan sourdough bread. I opted to omit the Pepper Jack Cheese and was pleased that the restaurant was able to accommodate my preferences. The serving size is quite generous, and had I eaten in the hours before our brunch, I probably would not have been able to finish it. The combination of flavors was delightful and overall, I really enjoyed the sandwich. The one thing I’ll ask for next time is to have them hold the butter because my bread was grilled with more than I typically prefer (which made me begin to question the amount of fat and calories in these sandwiches). Additionally, each sandwich is served with hash browns, French Fries, or seasonal fruit and I opted for the latter.
My husband ordered the Western Griddle Melt which features smoked ham, sautéed peppers and onions in a classic omelet, topped with sliced ham and melted American cheese served on grilled artisan sourdough bread. My husband isn’t overly picky when it comes to food and stated that he enjoyed his melt, although admitted the serving size was quite large.
The third sandwich offered by IHOP is the Ham & Egg Melt which includes sliced ham and melted Swiss/American cheeses over an egg omelet and served on grilled artisan sourdough bread. Neither of us tried this particular sandwich, mostly because we found the flavors and ingredients used in the other two sandwiches to be more appealing.
Because the portion sizes were so large, my husband and I both had questions about the nutritional profile of these sandwiches. To be honest, I was a bit shocked to find that not one of the sandwiches were under 1,000 calories. This is definitely an item I recommend splitting and only eating on occasion because even 1/2 a sandwich will still put you over your recommended dietary intake of fat and cholesterol. The sodium content of these sandwiches is currently not available on their website, but this is also something I believe should be transparent for would-be diners looking for a meal for brunch.
The bottom line is that these sandwiches are tasty and more creative than your typical breakfast variety and can be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch. As I mentioned above, I recommend asking the restaurant to hold the butter, order fruit instead of French Fries or hash browns, and split the sandwich with a friend!
For more information about IHOP’s new Griddle Melts, visit their website or a restaurant near you.
No compensation was received for this post. I was given a gift card to dine at IHOP which helped facilitate this review.