Former IHOP employee shares alleged ‘dark secret’ he learned at the chain: ‘Thanks for ruining my favorite restaurant'

Dillon Thompson
·2 min read

Are IHOP eggs fake? That’s the question countless TikTok users are asking, thanks to the claims of an alleged former employee.

TikTok has long been a place for allegations of little-known fast food secrets. In recent months, users have claimed to “expose” how Subway makes its tuna salad, how McDonald’s makes its onions and how KFC makes its gravy.

This latest claim comes courtesy of user @christian.grossi, who goes by Grossi on the app. In his now-viral video, the TikToker explained what he learned while allegedly working as a server at IHOP. 

Grossi began the clip by explaining that he “loved” working at the all-day breakfast chain, but went on to say he discovered a “dark secret” during his training. 

That secret, Grossi claimed, was that IHOP eggs are often fake. 

Grossi went on to elaborate on his claim. The TikToker said that, during a tutorial of the chain’s computer system, his manager showed him the button for “real eggs.”

“I look at him like, ‘What do you mean ‘real eggs?'” Grossi said. “This is IHOP.”

According to Grossi’s story, the manager went on to explain that the chain’s scrambled eggs and omelettes were made with a “packaged bag egg substitute.” Meanwhile, IHOP reserved the “real eggs” for other items — presumably dishes that featured fried or over-easy eggs.  

The video’s claims sent TikTok users into a spiral. Many were shocked by Grossi’s accusations. 

“I feel so betrayed,” one user wrote.

“Thanks for ruining my favorite restaurant,” another added

Meanwhile, other users said they weren’t surprised by the news. Some, claiming to be former employees themselves, backed up Grossi’s allegations. 

“I worked at IHOP and he’s telling the truth,” one user commented.

“I told everybody after I quit,” another wrote

In fact, rumors about whether IHOP uses fake eggs have been around for quite some time. There are viral Reddit threads and even a Change.org petition devoted to the topic. Still, it remains unclear if Grossi’s claims are true. 

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