Free pancakes at IHOP in San Luis Obispo for National Pancake Day

IHOP restaurants are giving away free pancakes Tuesday to celebrate National Pancake Day and to raise money for charity.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants — including the San Luis Obispo location — will serve up a short stack of buttermilk pancakes to each customer, according to a news release.

Locally, the giveaway aims to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program at Cottage Children's Hospital in Santa Barbara. Customers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation in return for the free pancakes.

IHOP's National Pancake Day effort has raised nearly $8 million since 2006. Last year, IHOP served more than 4 million free pancakes and raised more than $2.5 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.

San Luis Obispo County's only IHOP restaurant is at 212 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. An IHOP is also located at 202 Nicholson Ave. in Santa Maria.