The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
The traditional Mexican dishes available at El Charro Mexican Restaurant rotate according to the time of day, so you don't always know what you'll get. What you do always know, however, is that it will be delicious. It all starts with the eatery's fresh tortillas, which form the basis for everything from the breakfast tacos to the cheesy enchiladas. El Charro Mexican Restaurant also offers a wildly popular miniature version of its famous taco, which makes for the perfect bribe for a hungry tollbooth operator when you're out of change. Other favorites include handmade tamales and an American-inspired chicken-fried steak.
Gill's Ranch House Bar & Grill will never be accused of being pretentious. For starters, its large wooden facade looks like an old-fashion saloon, its executive chef is named Doc Holliday, and its adjoining open-air bar is fittingly called the "Lucky G Corral". As you might imagine, most of the food comes from the grill, including slow-cooked brisket, sausage, ribs, and burgers, though there's also Tex Mex food such as nachos and quesadillas.