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Free pancakes tomorrow, bagels on Thursday

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this time of year, nothing quite hits the spot like a hot stack of pancakes.

Tomorrow, in honor of National Pancake Day, IHOP -- or the International House of Pancakes -- has a deal that should get you out of bed in a flippin' hurry.

Any guest who makes a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (in our region, that's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC) will receive a free short stack (3) of its famous buttermilk pancakes. Actually, the pancake king, which got its start in 1958, only asks that you consider making a donation to help meet this year's goal of raising $3 million for the charity  -- but you'd have to be rather rude to eat for free and then say no to an organization that provides comfort and care to millions of sick kids.

The offer is good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at any of its 1,500-plus restaurants nationwide; to find one near you, click here.

Last year, IHOP served 4 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day -- enough to create a stack nearly 16 miles high.  The pancake-loving public, in turn, donated more than $3 million to local charities. brueggers

Bruegger's Bagels also is offering hungry Pittsburghers a free eat this week. On Thurs., Feb. 7, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, anyone who comes to the counter will receive a complimentary bagel and cream cheese at any of its 300 bakeries nationwide. There is however, a catch: You have to get there before 11 a.m., and you almost must bring with you a coupon found on its Facebook page or through its email club. No toner in your printer? You also can present the downloaded coupon on your smartphone.

To find a Bruegger's near you, click here.

IHOP (top) and Bruegger's photos

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