My husband and I go to the Hamden IHOP at least once a week. We always have great conversations in the relaxed atmosphere. We never feel rushed, no matter how busy the place is. The servers are delightful and engaging AND competent! And of course the food is excellent, especially the pancakes and the bacon.
Here is what makes this place extraordinary: it is very well-managed. Sometimes when we go, the line is long but somehow the staff/management are able to organize things in such a way that we have never waited longer than 15 minutes (and it's well worth the wait). It's hard to explain but the vibe there is just terrific. You will find lots of families of different races, ages, and composition, all having a wonderful time. Even the babies are happy and quiet!
IHOP moved to this former Applebee's site from another location in Hamden, and what a difference! The layout is really well thought out and the place is full of light. We'll be there again soon! Highly recommended.