Coming out of college, most football players pray to the higher powers for at least 10 years in the NFL. A decade is a true hallmark of them doing their job, remaining healthy, and probably not having an B rated reality show focusing on their “awesomeness”. Tyoka Jackson is one who managed that balancing act and he did it for 12 years. Ty came out of Penn State undrafted, however was picked up by the Miami Dolphin in 1993. Tyoka Jackson got himself into the game with a lot of hard work and has never looked back.

Ty with the Buccaneers…… here he appears mean and menacing.

While in the NFL, Tyoka, his brother Clarence Jackson III, and father Clarence Jackson Jr, started The Jackson Investment Group in the Washington DC area. As the investment company was expanding, Ty saw a retail space for a restaurant…. this sparked a conversation about opening a family oriented dining opportunity. Tyoka took to research about the International House of Pancakes a.k.a IHop and territory development. What Ty learned… there were no IHops in the DC area…so he moved forward to branch out and do his thing.

Even though Ty appears to be an IHOP Giant compared to Brooke and Paige, there is nothing menacing about this man. We had an awesome day with Ty and I learned why he loves this business.

Breakfast is that universal meal for any time of day. 2:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:00 pm, or 6:00 pm everyone enjoys some pancakes at any hour. That’s what I’ve been told. 🙂  I know nothing about breakfast at 2:00 am…

WIFI, a great new option at IHop. If only I lived around the corner…I could bum their internet. Jokes aside, customers love that availability.

The Jackson family currently owns two locations with a third one in the works.

3100 14th Street N.W. Washington D.C. 20010 was the spot for our interview and

1523 Alabama Avenue S.E. Washington D.C. 20032 is the other location…

Melvaughn was our waitress for the day!!! She was everything

you expect in a server….polite, pleasant,

attentive, and knowledgable.

Ty feels particularly close to his staff…when opening..interviews were hosted

 at a local community center and

employees were hand selected by Ty, his brother, and father.

Ty resides in Florida with his family, but he spends a great deal of time in Washington attending to his

businesses. Please note the beautiful decor….my daughter believes they should tape the next IHop

commercial at this location. The Jackson family enjoys interacting with their customers. Ty’s a big guy,

but he endears the customers with his charm and wit.

Even though he was serving up some eggs, hash browns, and sausage,

pancakes are Ty’s favorite dish on the menu.

As we caught up on the last 20 years, we both agreed that our experience’s

with food definitely expanded once we arrived at Penn State.

Between new friendships with people of different backgrounds and the many

restaurants in State College, our palates became educated.

Ty did admit he can’t cook a lick, but is well versed on the entire menu. As he gave me a tour of the

kitchen, it was very clear the Tyoka knows all aspects of the business.

Please note.. he does not have dish pan hands!!!!! He is not washing dishes…

This IHop was beautiful and our food was delicious…….

Ty values his customer’s and believes quality service is the key!!!

   The next time you are in D.C…head to IHop. You can’t go wrong…

This is my suggestion for an awesome breakfast treat….. I think IHop needs to add these muffins to their menu

Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins Recipe

  • 36 Servings
  • Prep: 20 min. Cook: 28 min.


  • 2 cups of canned sweet potato
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 vegetable oil
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 sticks butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar


  • Combine sweet potato, eggs, water and oil on slow speed for about 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well on slow speed. Scrape bowl and continue mixing on medium speed about 2-3 minutes. Fill muffin tins 1/2-3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 23-28 minutes
  • To Make frosting:
  • Cream together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Slowly sift in powdered sugar while blending.
  • When muffins have cooled, using a teaspoon scoop out a small portion of the muffin and place a dollop of frosting. Place the “muffin top” back on top of frosting. Add another dollop of frosting. Yield: serves 36


    We have also made them without raisins. They are just as yummy.

  • Remember……..Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day!!!!!