Beloved by cigarette-smoking teenagers and penny-pinching grandparents, 24/7 off-ramp favorite Denny’s is no stranger to gimmicky promotions like the free-meal-on-your-birthday deal or February 2009’s free Grand Slam breakfast day aimed to raise spirits — along with cholesterol levels — and draw attention to the restaurant chain during the height of the economic downturn. Not to be outdone by recent gastronomic grotesqueries like KFC’s Double Down Sandwich, last summer Denny’s introduced the Fried Cheese Melt, a grilled American cheese sandwich with fried mozzarella sticks stuffed in the middle that’s served with a side of marinara sauce.
More recently, Denny’s unleashed the seven-item “Baconalia” menu, a shameless celebration of porky pleasures that includes the Ultimate Bacon Breakfast (six strips of bacon, eggs, hash browns and toast), Bacon Flapjacks (pancakes with diced bacon plus two strips of bacon, eggs and hash browns), Pepper Bacon & Eggs (two strips of black pepper-rubbed bacon with eggs, hash browns and toast), the Triple Bacon Sampler (two strips of hickory-smoked bacon, two strips of turkey bacon, two strips of pepper bacon, eggs and hash browns made with diced bacon and cheddar cheese), the BBBLT Sandwich (a triple-decker BLT with eight strips of bacon), Bacon Meatloaf (meatloaf with diced bacon cooked in and sprinkled on top) and, hold your breath, the Bacon Maple Sundae which is essentially a vanilla ice cream sundae layered with maple-flavored syrup and diced hickory-smoked bacon. Good grief. Instead of a cherry on top, it would have been a nice touch if Denny’s included a tab of antacid with this salty, greasy, creamy nightmare delight.