Get Free Pancakes at IHOP on March 12 to Celebrate National Pancake Day

Maple syrup pouring onto pancakes.
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Pancakes.

Kids love ‘em, adults love ‘em.

They’re good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re good for a snack or dessert. They’re delicious topped with butter, syrup or strawberries and whipped cream.

Whether you’re a carb aficionado or you simply like free food, get your forks ready: March 12 is IHOP’s annual National Pancake Day celebration, and that means you get free pancakes.

How to Get Free Pancakes

Every year since 2006, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the U.S. and in Canada have offered customers a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day.

To get your free pancakes, visit your local IHOP on March 12, 2019 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. — hours may vary by location.

The fine print says you can order one short stack of pancakes per guest while dining in the restaurant — no to-go orders allowed.

The deal is available while supplies last, but since it’s the International House of Pancakes, it’s a safe bet the pancake supplies will hold out for quite a while. Still, you may want to prepare for a longer wait than normal since free stuff has a way of attracting a crowd.

Guests are not required to pay anything for their short stack, but IHOP does ask them to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.