Welcome to #YourKindaBrand – a series of posts dedicated to helping you find brands and labels that are similar to the ones you already love and adore. With titbits of history, mystery, and similarities, we run you through a few facets of two relatable brands, thereby introducing you to what might be your new favourite shopping portal. Sound good? Let’s get started!
Here’s the 4th post of #YourKindaBrand series.
Let’s explore a tasty journey
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”, George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Critic
Whether you eat to live or live to eat, the love of food is universal. Food lover, foodie, epicure, gourmand, or food connoisseur – call what you will, your strong bond with food is what defines you. So let’s celebrate this sincerest form of love by looking at two brands that are synonymous with healthy & hearty food – IHOP & Hotel Saravana Bhavan.
International House of Pancakes or IHOP as popularly known started its operations in 1958 when founders Al & Jerry Lapin along with investors Al & Trudy Kallis opened the first restaurant in an LA suburb. Since then, it has become the favourite place for people who want to connect with good food – any time of the day. Famous for its range of pancakes, IHOP also serves a wide variety of items for breakfast, lunch, & dinner, and has a line of frozen foods – ‘IHOP at Home’ – a bonus for those who just cannot have enough of the brand’s amazing food offerings. As of 2015, IHOP has 1,650 restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States and has a presence in countries like Canada, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico, and The Philippines.
Saravana Bhavan was founded in 1981 in Chennai by P. Rajagopal, and today, it’s one of the largest chains of vegetarian restaurants in the world, with 68 outlets across the globe, including France and the USA. The driving force behind the chain’s international expansion was the desire to give Indian expatriates a taste of home. The food served is of traditional South Indian variety (Dosa, Idli, Vada, Pongal, & Uthappam, etc.), but you can also get a few North Indian dishes like Chole Bhature and Paratha. Saravana Bhavan also offers snacks and sweets made of pure ghee (clarified butter) and its bakery unit, ‘Fresh Bakes’, started in 2000, specializes in a variety of cakes, pastries, & cookies.
Both IHOP and Saravana Bhavan celebrate the love for food with the belief that good food should come at an affordable price. No wonder, both have a legion of regular customers who go there for every meal. The quality of food is unbeatable, and so is the variety. For instance, IHOP has more than ten kinds of pancakes and six types of French toasts, not to mention the different varieties of salads, desserts, and separate menus for kids and guests who are 55 and above. Saravana Bhavan also offers more than the typical spread with innovative dishes like Corn Cheese Uttapam and Paneer Palak Dosa. It also has a wide array of beverages and ice-creams. While IHOP offers non-veg options as well like bacon & eggs, Saravana Bhavan sticks to serving only vegetarian delicacies & excels in it.
Let’s have a look at some other similarities these two shares.
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For both IHOP and Saravana Bhavan, great food & value for money go hand in hand. If you are tempted to try some goodies these two restaurant brands have to offer, order right away. ‘IHOP at Home’ has a delectable range of frozen food & syrups that go extremely well with pancakes & toasts while Saravana Bhavan’s variety of sweets & snacks makes for some tasty teatime treats. Don’t worry about the shipping. 1 Grand Trunk has that covered. Register for free at our website 1GrandTrunk & we will deliver your order to your doorstep at a nominal cost.