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free grand slam at danny`s feb.3

nakasf Feb 2, 2009 07:13 PM

http://www.dennys.com/#

  1. Glencora Feb 8, 2009 09:17 AM

    From the Insight section of today's SF Chronicle, the "Chron Quiz" question #2: What restaurant drew thousands of chowhounds with a free meal offer?"

    How dare they?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Glencora
      Suzy Q Feb 8, 2009 12:53 PM

      I'm not sure everyone has the same definition of "chowhound".

      1. re: Suzy Q
        Veggo Feb 8, 2009 01:04 PM

        Exactly. It's not a trademarked word, with the "R" inscribed in a circle to assert the claim.

        1. re: Veggo
          Glencora Feb 8, 2009 01:12 PM

          I was sort of joking. Sorry if that wasn't clear; I don't do sideways faces made out of punctuation marks, though maybe I should.

          1. re: Glencora
            j
            James Cristinian Feb 8, 2009 02:53 PM

            There's no such thing as a free breakfast. A Houston Chronicle article pointed out a local Rosenberg Denny's Retaurants' customers were towed from the lot, (for parking in other stores spots,) to the tune of 217.50, or about 35 grand slams in total.

            1. re: James Cristinian
              Veggo Feb 8, 2009 03:09 PM

              Hysterical!

    2. Chuckles the Clone Feb 3, 2009 11:39 PM

      So they claim to have served 2 million free Grand Slams today.

      At about 1200 Calories each, that's 2.4 billion Calories, or about
      2.4 million kilowatt-hours.

      Which is roughly the power output of the Hoover Dam over 4 hours.
      Plus 191% of the RDA for cholesterol.

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      1. re: Chuckles the Clone
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        fourunder Feb 4, 2009 12:18 AM

        Chuckles,

        Why so vitriol towards Denny's?

        1. re: fourunder
          Chuckles the Clone Feb 4, 2009 05:03 AM

          Why the word "vitriol"?

          That's 2 million identical meals of industrial product that could have
          been eaten at a local independent restaurant run by someone putting
          their skills to work cooking tasty meals out of local ingredients to local
          tastes. "But we don't have any of those places around here!" you
          say. Of course you don't; Denny's, or a Denny's equivalent, killed them.

          1. re: Chuckles the Clone
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            Fibber McGee Feb 4, 2009 10:25 AM

            Sounbds like vitriol to me.

            1. re: Fibber McGee
              Chuckles the Clone Feb 4, 2009 11:05 AM

              Goobd to know!

            2. re: Chuckles the Clone
              monkuboy Feb 4, 2009 02:45 PM

              If people didn't want to eat it they wouldn't show up.

              1. re: monkuboy
                Chuckles the Clone Feb 4, 2009 02:59 PM

                Times are tough and the product was offered below cost.

                See "predatory pricing" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predator...
                There are very good and long-settled reasons for why that practice
                is illegal.

                But you make a good point. 302million people did NOT show up, so only about
                1/2 of 1% of the US population thought this was a good idea. Which is
                encouraging.

              2. re: Chuckles the Clone
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                James Cristinian Feb 8, 2009 12:19 PM

                Chuckles, Denny's has been around Houston since the early seventies, at least. You don't have any local independents. You must live in a small city. We have several right in between an I-Hop and a Denny's, just on my side of town. One, thirty seconds away from I-Hop, and less than 5 minutes from Denny's. That one is called Frank's Grill, and if you hit it at the wrong time, you will wait for a table.

          2. n
            NewDude Feb 3, 2009 08:33 PM

            Actually, it's been many months since I've been to Denny's. The food was fresh, and I was diggin' the pancakes. I can't eat like this very often, as it's obviously a bit unhealthy, but as a one time shot, I guess I can allow myself a small indulgence.

            Actually, the freebie is likely to be a BETTER experience than normal. Think about it: they're making exactly the same meal, so the cooks get into a groove, and it's impossible that they're serving food that's been sitting around at all.

            And the servers were super nice. Kudos!

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            1. re: NewDude
              Chuckles the Clone Feb 3, 2009 10:43 PM

              "Fresh" isn't a concept I think I've ever seen applied to pancakes or bacon before.

              1. re: Chuckles the Clone
                Suzy Q Feb 4, 2009 11:14 AM

                Actually, Chuckles, both pancakes and bacon suffer pretty noticeably by sitting around. I'm pretty sure you'd notice the difference between "fresh" pancakes and the ones that had been sitting around for a while. And stale bacon is OK on my BLT, but not on my breakfast plate.

            2. n
              NewDude Feb 3, 2009 03:09 PM

              I have to admit, the behavior of some of my fellow patrons was less than exemplary. One group decided that they didn't want to pay for their drinks. Another glared at the hostess for asking him to fill out a brief survey. I mean, gave her the dirtiest most unfriendly look. And this was after receiving a free breakfast, a coupon booklet and waiting just a few seconds for his free breakfast to arrive.

              Luckily, most patrons seemed well behaved, but these freebies can sure bring out some of the riff raff.

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              1. re: NewDude
                kchurchill5 Feb 3, 2009 04:31 PM

                Very True, most those at my restaurant in Sarasota everyone seemed pretty descent. However the table behind 1 lady kept complaining that the scrambled eggs were too done, the toast too dark and the bacon too crisp. It was FREE. Cut them some slack. No one else complained. She should be grateful.

                1. re: kchurchill5
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                  TampaAurora Feb 3, 2009 06:56 PM

                  I can tell you that one server was happy. I know a server at a restaurant next door to a Denny's that capitolized on the long lines by sending someone out with a poster advertising their own deal. She made almost $100 in tips in one shift at another chain diner concept! I can thank her for dinner out tonight.

              2. cockscomb Feb 3, 2009 12:21 PM

                Interesting site i just stumbled upon
                www.dennyservers.com

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                1. re: cockscomb
                  Glencora Feb 3, 2009 12:30 PM

                  It is interesting to think about it from the servers' point of view. (It must've been ghastly.) However, there ought to be a law against writing in red on a black background.

                2. Veggo Feb 3, 2009 09:37 AM

                  The Denny's in my area had a line 100 feet long - outside. And talk about wide bodies! One might have thought it was an audition for the next series of "The Biggest Loser". I wonder if some of them had two portions, and a glass of water.

                  1. kchurchill5 Feb 3, 2009 04:13 AM

                    It was good. Not too bad to wait, great breakfast. I enjoyed it. Hey I'm easy. Why not? Bacon, eggs toast, potatoes, and I didn't have to cook.

                    Thanks for the reminder I would of forgot!

                    1. rockandroller1 Feb 3, 2009 03:50 AM

                      It's Denny's, not Danny's.

                      1. Veggo Feb 2, 2009 07:28 PM

                        I'll be there. I noted on an old thread that I was once an innocent witness to a late night food fight at Denny's. And I promise I had nothing to do with it. Well, I didn't start it.
                        Veg

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