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Does Denny's do any business at all?

The only 1 I know of by me is in Avenel, NJ. (About 45 minutes away.) I think the last time I was there it was 1980 somthing, and back then the place was DEAD. Whenver I drive by at busy times..i.e. 12 - 2 p.m. or 6 - 8 p.m. There are hardly any cars in the lot. Maybe Denny's is big in other states? Just drove by it this morning and had me wondering!!!

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  1. most denny's seem to busy for breakfast and for late nite, after the bar scene, at least here in CA...personally my motto has always been "always open, always gross"

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    1. re: justagthing

      A lot of places really don't have many choices of the 24-hour category outside of chains. In my area, Denny's is usually packed at from around 2a.m. through early morning because there aren't many other choices.

    2. When I'm traveling for work outside of urban areas, I'll often hit up a Denny's for breakfast or for a late dinner if I have to work late and don't want to be stuck in my hotel room with room service.

      Usually, they're convenient, efficient with the service (read: fast) and generally passable for sustenance.

      1. Try late at night. The drunker you are, the better those Moons Over My Hammy taste. As they say "All bad nights end at Denny's."

        1. A friend reports she was just in Canada at Niagra Falls and took her family to Denny's for an inexpensive meal. The Grand Slam breakfast was priced over at $15.

          So they are probably not too busy in Canada, eh?

          1. I'm thinking its a reliable / consistent / no b.s. place to eat when going on road trips/travelling on the road...and a good meeting spot/bar after hours spot in smaller towns where they don't have many venues.

            thank god i'm in LA - pho / tofu soup / carne asada / etc. for after hours grub makes for a much more interesting experience.

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            1. re: flavasista

              ditto...the only time I went to Denny's was when I was forced to go after partying with the gang all nite long. I much rather go to other 24 hour places like Shorehouse Cafe, El Gallo Giro and the such...sooooo much better.

              1. re: justagthing

                You don't have to expand too far outside of LA -- I used to live in Thousand Oaks and Denny's would be the only thing serving food past 10pm!

              2. re: flavasista

                My step-father loves Denny's (he's not too picky about food), he goes there every time he takes a road trip. Low prices, passable food, ubiquitous and always open, what's not to like?

              3. My guess is in NJ there's more options for diners, as opposed to California. This might explain why it's dead. Even in Calif. it really is a place you sort of end up at...not choose, or road trip food or late night past 3 a.m. Re: price...it's not that cheap, it's only convenient in particular circumstances.

                1. Havn't been in a long time but they used to have pretty good breakfasts, better than Carrows or Coccos.

                  1. Denny's smartly located many of their restaurants next to freeways, and you can see their big sign from a distance. Reliable and dependably open when you're on a road trip. This is in CA.

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                    1. re: slacker

                      My husband and I just drove across country from Boston to Portland and ate breakfast at several Denny's along the way. While beggars can't be choosers when given the choice between McDonalds and Dennys we chose the former. Every breakfast at Denny's was surprisingly...decent. The scrambled eggs were hot and the hash browns nicely crisped. The best part--GREAT people watching!

                    2. On the opposite coast, the last time I ate at a Denny's the counter had a fine coating of salt or sugar or both, and half-full water glasses were were still setting just where the diners had left them. Never saw a place where they could not even bus the dishes and wipe down the counters. Yuck, what a dump. I could only imagine how many rodents were running around in the kitchen.

                      1. Those aren't busy times for Denny's. The busy times are breakfasts, especially on weekends, and the late night after-the-bar crowd. I remember one time I used a Denny's parking lot as a rendezvous point on a Sunday about 11 AM. There was a line going literally out the door, and someone else in the group found out the wait for a table was over 90 minutes. I wish I was making this up.

                        1. I had not eaten at Denny's for years...until a few nights ago. Big mistake.
                          The pancakes were tough. Hash browns weren't done. The scrambled egg dish didn't have the right ingredients in it. I sent it back...still wasn't right. When I got home, my dogs thought it was great!
                          As I was paying, I was asked how the food was. I told the woman the truth...the food was bad. She said she was sorry and "Maybe it will be better the next time you come." I was thinking "Honey, there won't be a 'next' time."