When IHOP first started out (or at least when it came to Texas) they did have pancakes from a lot of different countries - nothing so exotic as couscous, but it was the theme of the menu.
But as they did business, they tended to eliminate the less popular dishes from the menu - which was usually the more exotic dishes. So it’s now your basic pancake place. Of course, I haven’t been there in a couple of years, so I don’t know what is currently on their menu.
I used to like going to IHOP when I was a kid. In the early 1980s, it seemed I couldn’t go to an IHOP without seeing a cockroach. Not to suggest that they’re all infested, but it was just my experience three times in a row. I didn’t go to IHOP for a number of years, mostly since I wasn’t partying all night long and in search of something solid to eat. I’ve been to IHOP a time or two in the last couple of years (actually I went two or three times this year because an out-of-town guest liked it), but the food is rather mundane.
There used to be a restaurant called Ricky’s in San Diego, I think near Balboa and Genessee, that had awesome German apple pancakes. Man, were those good! They took extra time to make. They’d come to the table puffed up about four inches, and “deflate” as they cooled. Just the thing to get a kid going for a day of sailing!
There was another pancake place by the freeway. Balboa? Kearny Mesa Rd.? I don’t remember. They had a delicious selection of international-style pancakes.
Nowadays, breakfast is usually coffee. On the occasional weekend I might have left-over Thai food (I think I’ll go fo spicy fried rice this morning, although the beef pa-neang is looking pretty good) or pizza or whatever was for dinner the previous night. About the only time I have pancakes anymore is when I go up to Bellingham, WA and get them with my chicken-fried steak at Arlis’s Restaurtant.