Must Try Vegan Options At IHOP

IHOP is a restaurant that welcomes families and provides breakfast all day long. 

Even vegans and vegetarians can find something to enjoy on their menu. The entire family will enjoy eating there for brunch or lunch.

Must Try Vegan Options At IHOP

While IHOP doesn’t have many main meal options for those on a plant-based diet, you can still make a delicious meal from the sides, syrups, sauces, and toppings that they provide.

This guide will help you craft the perfect vegan meal for your next visit to IHOP.

Vegan Menu Items

Vegan Breakfast

  • Crispy potato pancakes
  • English muffin without butter
  • Fresh fruit cup
  • Grits
  • Hash browns without butter
  • Oatmeal with non-dairy milk
  • Red potato, pepper & onion hash

Vegan Salads And Soups

  • House salad without croutons and with any vegan salad dressing.  
  • Minestrone soup without crackers

Vegan Salad Dressing

  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Creamy Italian dressing
  • Fat-free Catalina dressing
  • Fat-free French dressing
  • Raspberry vinaigrette

Vegan Sides

  • Corn tortillas
  • Crispy potato pancakes
  • Flour tortillas
  • French fries
  • Fresh veggies
  • Hash browns
  • Oven-roasted tomatoes
  • Plain baked potato
  • Salsa
  • Sautéed veggies
  • Sourdough toast without butter
  • Steamed broccoli florets

Vegan Syrups And Toppings

  • Banana slices
  • Blueberry compote
  • Boysenberry syrup
  • Brown suga
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Dill pickle spear
  • Flavored jellies
  • Fruit jam
  • Glazed strawberries
  • Maple-flavored sugar-free syrup
  • Old-fashioned maple syrup
  • Sautéed green peppers and onions
  • Sautéed spinach and mushrooms
  • Strawberry syrup

Vegan Drinks

  • Flavored & regular iced teas
  • Fountain drinks
  • Golden chamomile tea
  • International house roast coffee
  • International house roast decaf coffee
  • Juices
  • Lemonades
  • Organic green tea
  • Selected alcoholic beverages
  • Splashers

Best Vegan Options

Best Vegan Options

While you can make a vegan meal out of any of the dishes, dressings, syrups, and beverages listed above, it’s always helpful to know which options are the best!

Baked Potato

A tasty side option is a baked potato. 

Try serving a baked potato that has been seasoned with salt and pepper in place of fries to pair with your sautéed vegetables.

Hash Browns

These frozen, shredded potatoes are cooked at 350 degrees on a flat griddle. Due to the excessive amounts of oil used, they are not the healthiest option, but they are delicious!

You can remove the two slices of bacon and the eggs that are often included with hash browns and replace them with a vegan alternative.

Ask your waitress if the hash browns are made with 100% vegetable oil. This is important as some IHOP kitchens use animal-based butter mixed with oil, which, of course, is not vegan-friendly.

Fruit Cup

It’s not much, but IHOP does offer a fruit cup for its plant-based patrons.

You can ask for avocado, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, and oranges, among other fruity options. However, be aware that the fruit is not always as fresh as you would find at a smaller restaurant.

Crispy Potato Pancakes

These are somewhat comparable to hash browns but are shaped like pancakes and have a much crispier outside. Try these crispy potato pancakes if you’re craving fried potatoes but aren’t in the mood for regular hash browns.

For a satisfying vegan lunch at IHOP, you can also have some vegetables on the side with these pancakes, or order them as a side with soup or salad.

English Muffins With Jam

Grab the 100% vegan English muffins from IHOP if you want a vegan lunch that is filled with flavor. 

On a cheat day, they make a great breakfast. Otherwise, you can always combine them with strawberries, bananas, or avocados to make them a little bit healthier.

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is also available at IHOP.

A traditional minestrone soup bowl is loaded with seasonal vegetables like potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, green beans, or peas, diced tomatoes, and vegetable stock. In rare situations, parmesan cheese may also be sprinkled on top.

Make sure the IHOP staff doesn’t add cheese to the order if you want to keep it vegan.

Avocado Toast

Although avocado toast is nothing new, it is currently one of the most popular foods. If you enjoy this simple yet tasty toast, IHOP offers it with a small alteration.

IHOP’s avocado toast uses buttery sourdough bread. You only need to ask them to hold the butter.

If you’ve never had avocado toast from IHOP, it consists of avocado, tomatoes, and sourdough bread with spice on top and a lemon wedge on the side.


While some people and establishments prepare oatmeal by soaking the oats in cow’s milk, IHOP’s serves vegan oatmeal.

Additionally, you can include things like brown sugar, strawberries, bananas, almonds, vegan-friendly syrups, or other ingredients that are close to your preferences.

Sauteed Vegetables

Usually served with an omelet, this dish can be ordered without the eggs and dairy and only be served with sautéed vegetables. 

You can choose different sides to complete the meal instead of the omelet.


Without fries, a restaurant isn’t a restaurant. If none of the other choices satisfy you, you can always relax, get some fries, and eat them with ketchup.


The veganism of coffee is undeniable. However, you can use one of the several syrups IHOP offers if you want to add a flavor other than pure sugar.

In actuality, all of IHOP’s syrups—butter pecan syrup being the lone exception—are vegan.


Another common vegan dish is this one, and the flavor will vary depending on the dressing you choose. 

The house salad and the citrus chicken pecan salad are both available at IHOP. If you choose not to include the chicken, both are vegan.

A salad is a salad, but IHOP is convenient in that they offer a variety of great vegan salad dressings to up the flavor of your salad while keeping it plant-based.


IHOP sells grits, a type of cornmeal porridge. Surprisingly, they are made with water and don’t have any dairy.

Enjoy a hearty dish of grits, seasoned with salt and pepper, then topped with steamed broccoli, avocado, and sauteed vegetables.

You may also add maple syrup and brown sugar to it to make it sweeter, and you can garnish it with glazed strawberries or banana slices.

DIY Vegan Options

You don’t have to create your own main meal made up of side dishes. You can also make your own DIY dish by changing a few ingredients in one of IHOP’s main meal menu items.

DIY Loaded Fries

Get some fries and top them with salsa or dill pickle spears, sautéed vegetables, and avocado. We promise you’ll adore it!

To finish the meal, serve it with a bubbly beverage.

DIY Salad Sandwich

Get some avocado, house salad, and sourdough toast without butter. Add avocado and fresh house salad to your sourdough toast, then top with creamy Italian dressing. If you want to, you can add ketchup as well!

This sandwich of fresh salad will go extremely well with orange juice.

DIY Breakfast Burrito

You can also request a flour tortilla, some hash browns, or crispy potato cakes to make a vegetarian breakfast burrito.

Hash browns can be topped with anything you choose, including avocado, fresh vegetables, dill pickles, cooked vegetables, and/or steamed broccoli.

Consider ordering some French fries as a side dish and a carbonated beverage to go with your meal.

IHOP Menu Items That Look Vegan But Aren’t

IHOP Menu Items That Look Vegan But Aren’t

The following IHOP menu items can be mistaken by some customers as vegan-friendly, but they actually contain dairy and/or eggs, which are not vegan.

Make sure to exercise caution so as not to unintentionally order any of them.

  • Onion rings contain milk.
  • Garlic bread – contains milk
  • Red skin mashed potatoes – contain milk
  • Marinara sauce – contains milk
  • IHOP signature sauce – contains egg
  • Reduced-fat italian dressing – contains milk
  • Vanilla sauce – contains both milk and egg
  • Chocolate chips – made of milk chocolate

Frequently Asked Questions

Are IHOP Pancakes Vegan-Friendly?

IHOP doesn’t provide any vegan pancake options.

You’re best off putting together a few of IHOP’s vegan sides, going with oatmeal prepared with water, sautéed vegetables, or a side of potatoes.

Are All IHOP Syrups Vegan?

All syrups are vegan except for the butter pecan syrup, which contains spray-dried butter.

Some of the syrups available at IHOP include maple, strawberry, and boysenberry.

Are IHOP Waffles Vegan?

IHOP waffles are not vegan. This is because they contain milk and dairy products just like their pancakes do.

Are IHOP’s Crispy Potato Pancakes Vegan?

Crispy potato pancakes are the only vegan pancake option available at IHOP. However, they are savory, so we don’t class them as a traditional pancake.

Does IHOP Have Almond Milk?

Unfortunately, IHOP does not have any non-dairy milk substitutes, and this includes almond milk.

Any hot drink you have will have to be without milk, unless you bring your own.

Does IHOP Have A Vegan Burger?

Right now, IHOP does not have a vegan burger on its menu, but hopefully this will change in the future to suit more dietary requirements.

Final Thoughts

IHOP is not among the top restaurants in the US for vegans to eat out. However, there are a lot of vegan-friendly options on the menu, so you won’t have to go without food or stick to coffee, soda, or French fries while your buddies eat filling meals.

You can still put together a great vegan dinner for yourself even though IHOP doesn’t offer any vegan entrées.

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