Hitting the Road: Denny’s Baconalia!
I just wanted to give everyone a quick update from GrubGrade’s latest road trip. As part of the launch of their new Bacon Menu, dubbed “Baconalia” (a sort of festival of bacon), Denny’s flew in a few of us food bloggers to their headquarters in South Carolina for a first hand look, and taste, of their latest offerings. For right now, I’ll just give you the basics on what this is all about and follow up with my reviews in the coming days.
As I mentioned, Baconalia, is a term the Denny’s ad wizards made up as a sort of fictional bacon holiday. The basic idea was to create celebration centered around bacon, elevating it from everyone’s favorite breakfast side dish, to the main attraction. In other words, rather than ordering eggs with a side of bacon, Denny’s wants you to order bacon with a side of eggs.
The menu consists of 7 new items: BBBLT Sandwich, Triple Bacon Sampler, Ultimate Bacon Breakfast, Pepper Bacon with Eggs, Bacon Flapjacks, Bacon Meatloaf, and Maple Bacon Sundae. The BBBLT, Ultimate Bacon Breakfast, and Bacon Flapjacks can all be ordered with either the traditional Hickory Smoked Bacon, Turkey Bacon or their new Pepper Bacon at no additional cost (this isn’t really spelled out in the menu, so I thought I would let everyone know). You can also order two slices of any of the three bacons as a side, for 99 cents (again, not spelled out on the menu, but I’ve been told the waitresses will be wearing pieces of “flair” letting you know this).
In general, if you like bacon, you’ll like this menu. If you’ve always wanted more bacon than is socially acceptable, you’ll like this menu. And if you’d like an inordinate amount of bacon for as good a price as you’re going to get these days (pork is at a ten year high), you’ll like this menu. However, if you’re thinking this bacon menu is going to be full of fun, gimicky, adventuresome, bacon dishes, you’ll be a little underwhelmed. Aside from the Maple Bacon Sundae, most of the items are pretty standard fare, just with more bacon. This isn’t to say that the menu isn’tfull of good tastes and good value, it’s just to say that Andrew Zimmern probably isnt’ doing his next episode from the back of a Denny’s.
Again, more details to come, but I thought I should get something up as soon as I could, since this promotion is only 10 weeks long and started on Wednesday, the 22nd (you’ll have to do the math on when that has it ending).