We’re not big fans of chain restaurants. On the other hand, we are very big fans of free pancakes. Hence, our suggestion that you get yourself over to IHOP today for National Pancake Day. On the menu: one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, served up between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at more than 1,500 IHOP locations nationwide. (Find a complete list at the website.) Of course, there is a catch: In return for the flapjacks, management would really like it if you coughed up a voluntary donation to support the Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities. (Last year’s National Pancake Day netted more than $2.7 million in donations.) But bottom line: It’s all between your wallet, your belly, and your conscience. We are only the messenger.