First Look: The Hobbit Menu from Denny’s Coming November 6th

If you follow GrubGrade on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed an onslaught of tweets from my recent trek to Denny’s headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  A pretty big product launch is heading to Denny’s diners nationwide in just a couple of weeks.  The sure-to-be blockbuster hit of the holiday season, The Hobbit, has a promotional menu tie-in with Denny’s in preparation for the movie (psssst, read to the end to have a chance to win a gift card).

For someone who owns two versions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (books and movies) and four versions of The Hobbit book, this new themed menu surrounding the upcoming movie has my inner-geek excited. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th and this big new menu of Middle Earth grub will be hitting Denny’s tables on November 6th. Could this be the biggest thing since Baconalia? I’ve tried everything on the new menu and here’s a look at the goods.  From the menu:  “Welcome to Middle-Earth’s Diner: Discover many new items inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Whether you’re here for First Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Second Breakfast, every bite’s a treasure. So lift up your fork and let the adventure begin. “ Pumpkin Patch Pancakes: Feast on this. Two fluffy pumpkin pancakes topped with a pumpkin whipped topping and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Part of the “Build Your Own Hobbit Slam” where you can pick four a la carte items for $6.49. (49¢ up-charge for premium items such as Shire Sausage and Seed Cake French Toast)

Hobbit Hole Breakfast: Our Hobbit Hole Breakfast means only one thing-comfort. Two eggs fried right into the center of grilled Cheddar bun halves. Served with two slices of bacon and crispy hash browns topped with melted shredded Cheddar cheese and bacon. $5.99

Shire Sausage Skillet: Breakfast, Lunch or even Elevenses-anytime is a good time to enjoy a savory Shire sausage with seasoned red-skinned potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and fire-roasted peppers and onions served on a sizzling skillet. Topped with shredded Cheddar cheese and two eggs cooked the way you like them. $7.49

Frodo’s Pot Roast Skillet: Hobbits love their comfort food. Slow-cooked pot roast, herb-roasted carrots, celery, mushrooms and onions over broccoli and seasoned red-skinned potatoes served on a hot sizzling skillet. Topped with shredded Cheddar cheese and served with dinner bread. $8.99

The Ring Burger: A hand-pressed burger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and mayo on a grilled Cheddar cheese bun. Crowned with three crispy onion rings and served with lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and a side of wavy-cut French fries.  Dwarves and Hobbits, dig in!  $8.49

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt:  Only a Wizard could dream up a sandwich this good. Tender sliced turkey breast and savory stuffing topped with melted Swiss cheese placed on grilled potato bread with a cranberry honey mustard spread.  Served with your choice of side and gravy for dipping.  $7.49

Dwarves’ Turkey & Dressing Dinner:  Tender sliced turkey breast, savory stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce served with your choice of two sides and dinner bread.  Feeds a band of Dwarves. Or one hungry human.  $8.99  (Senior Size Turkey Dressing & Dinner. $7.59)

Lonely Mountain Treasure:  Behold the treasure: our delicious Seed Cake French Toast cut into nine squares and served with a side of cream cheese icing for dipping. Perfect for sharing on your adventure.  $2.49

Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies: Start off your First Breakfast-or Second Breakfast-with six bite-sized round red velvet Pancake Puppies made with white chocolate chips and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Served with a side of cream cheese icing for dipping.  $1.99   Also available, not pictured: Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies Sundae: Three Red Velvet Pancake Puppies made with white chocolate chips and tossed in powdered sugar. Served with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream drizzled with cream cheese icing and topped with whipped cream.  $2.00

Bilbo’s Berry Smoothie: Made with a delicious blend of raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate and nonfat yogurt, it’s a refreshing treat after a long day’s journey.  $2.99

Lone-Lands Campfire Cookie Milk Shake: Traveling through the Lone-Lands? Be sure to bring this yummy milk shake along. Our hand-dipped milk shake is a delicious blend of premium vanilla ice cream and s’mores cookie pieces topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Served with a little extra in the tin.  $3.79

So there you have it, The Hobbit menu coming to Denny’s on Tuesday, November 6thMy favorites from the new items would have to be The Hobbit Hole, Gandalf’s Gobble Melt and the Lone-Lands Campfire Cookie Milk Shake. I also found Frodo’s Pot Roast Skillet to be right up my alley.  I’m a sucker for these kinds of things to be perfectly honest… those who know me well know my love for fried onion rings so I’ll be seeing you again Ring Burger.  Need some more evidence of my inner-geek?  I had to make it a personal mission to not leave Houston, Texas once without visiting The Hobbit Cafe, strictly for the name. Oh and did I mention that I have more Tolkien-inspired t-shirts than I own ties? And a Frodo doll? And does anyone remember the Middle-Earth Collectible Card Game from the mid-90’s?  Yes, I’m a child… but a hungry child.

It was nice to see the menu went a little beyond just calling simple regular everyday menu items new names.  There was some thought put behind the food that helps tie in the story of The Hobbit and the world of Middle-Earth. These new creations should please the fans of The Hobbit and fans of just good diner grub in general.  Anyone who knows all things Hobbits and Dwarves knows that they love to eat.

A menu inspired by one of my favorite books is something I can get behind and I’m hoping the movie(s) can live up to my expectations. The new menu inspired by The Hobbit will be available through mid-January 2013. Look out for various promotions with Denny’s and The Hobbit coming up along with the new menu launch.  Character trading cards will be available along with the menu launch and be sure to check out the Hobbit Hub online which includes Hobbit trivia, games and a personal character generator.  So what looks good to you? I’ve got a $25.00 Denny’s gift card up for grabs to a commenter on this post. Describe your $25.00 worth of Denny’s Hobbit-menu choices… or comment about the books/movies etc.  Just leave a good solid Hobbity comment and I’ll draw a random winner by Sunday, October 28th.  Good luck!

82 comments on “First Look: The Hobbit Menu from Denny’s Coming November 6th

  1. Max C. says:

    Looks good! Looking forward to trying the red velvet pancake puppies!

  2. Campfire Cookie Milk Shakes for the whole family! Thanks for the chance.

  3. Kayla says:

    My friends and I were obsessed with the Lord of the Rings movies. We may or may not have played the Lord of the Rings monopoly with cardboard cutouts of the characters also playing…. If I won the gift card we’d probably go to Denny’s to get the hobbit themed food before or after going to see The Hobbit movie.

  4. Scott says:

    I think I would go with the Hobbit Hole Breakfast, Shire Sausage Skillet, then all the pumpkin patch pancakes I could eat!

  5. Rob says:

    “Mutton today, Mutton Yesterday, and blimey if it don’t look like mutton tomorrer!” Though no mutton appears to be available, there are many other mighty fine offerings that seem precious to me. Mmmm.

  6. Jon H. says:

    I was raised on Tolkien’s (and his friend C.S. Lewis’) books, and seeing them brought to life on screen in such a respectful, faithful way has been delightful.The Hobbit Hole sounds like a great weekend breakfast (it’s no coincidence my dream home would be a Hobbit hole inspired earth home), and the Gobble Melt and Seed Cake/bread are also interesting.

  7. jason says:

    The burger and the breakfast holes with the french toast dinners for dessert!

  8. Eric says:

    I’m dieting, so I’ll stick to the healthier items I think…

    Screw it, 10 orders of Red Velvet Pancake Puppies.

  9. Koni says:

    Thanks for the detailed look! I’m curious about the gobble melt and the hobbit hole, especially. I love eggs-in-a-hole stuff, and that looks yummy!

  10. it all looks so good,im drooling. i gotta say that bilbos smoothie looks so good,id have that & the hobbit hole breakfast & the seed cake. id bring my son & daughter & we will try all. i cant wait 2 try Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies with the cream cheese icing! i bet that will be my favorite! lol

  11. Melissa V. says:

    Pancake puppies, Bilbo’s Berry Smoothie, Lonely Mountain Treasure, and two Dwarves’ Turkey & Dressing Dinners! Followed by a LOTR marathon and nap. 🙂

  12. oh i forgot 2 add the shire sausage,now that looks sooo good!

  13. Gilly says:

    I wasn’t raised with Tolkein books like everyone else, but I did see all the LOTR movies. I was eleven when the first one came out and hated it because the ending was a cliff hanger and I wasn’t aware it was a series. My social studies teacher Mr. Riles asked our class, “Ok, who didn’t like the movie?” and I was the only one who raised my hand. Then he asked “Who liked the movie?” and the entire rest of the class raised their hands. So I figured my opinion must be wrong, and changed it. When the other two movies came out I was like, “OHHH, I get it!” and started loving the movies.

    That’s part one of the story. Part two is about Denny’s. In high school, our marching band would often go out to eat together after a parade. Denny’s and Perkins were the restaurants we went to most often, mostly because they are open 24 hours. Well, one time we all came in and had to wait about ten minutes for someone to come take our drink orders and bring us our drinks. After that, no one came back to our table again, so we got agitated and left without paying for our drinks and went to Taco Bell instead. Ever since, even though we’ve gone our separate ways we’ve all been participating in an informal “Denny’s boycott.” And by “boycott,” I mean not giving Denny’s any service, except for when the group we’re with wants to go. Or we get hungry for pancakes. Actually, it just means thinking really hard about how much we hate Denny’s. But my point is, maybe with this gift card I’ll be able to revise my opinion of Denny’s, just as I did with the Lord of the Rings movies. A gift card would give me a good, solid reason to go.

    On separate trips (or on one trip if I was hammered or feeling up to it) I’d probably get the Pumpkin Patch Pancakes because that pumpkin whipped topping looks phenomenal and I’m a sucker for anything seasonally pumpkin-flavored, The Ring Burger because I can’t resist a colossal hamburger and the Campfire Cookie Milkshake.

  14. Manavee says:

    Where the hell is Tom Bombadil’s dish? Dude gets no respect whatsoever. Hop along my hearties!

    These look good, although I would note some of them are retreads (Gandalf’s sandwich was sold last year as the Holiday Turkey melt, as was the dwarves dinner, and red velvet pancake puppies).

  15. Sean says:

    Never been an avid Denny’s customer, but maybe it’s time for a revisit.

    Pumpkin Pancakes would be a must-buy. I love all things pumpkin. I love pancakes. ‘Nuff said.

    I’m not entirely sure why, but that Hobbit Hole breakfast had my mouth watering, so I’m thinking that would be worth a try as well.

    Beyond that, I’m probably going to have to go with the Gobble Melt. It’s a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich that’s available before Thanksgiving. Win.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I would definitely join Bilbo for a second breakfast of a Lone-Lands Campfire Cookie Milk Shake and an order of Pumpkin Patch Pancakes.

  17. IBeAnonymous says:

    I would go with some red velvet pancake puppies after a nice Hobbit Hole Breakfast!

    The next thing that looks amazing is definitely the Gandalf’s Gobble Melt! That is pretty much the quintessential post thanksgiving sandwich!

    Quick question, anyone know if they usually have turkey bacon I would be able to substitute on any of these dishes?

  18. Cecil says:

    Hobbit buffet second breakfast! PO TA TOES! BOIL EM MASH EM STICK EM IN A STEW! 😀 I would get the Gandalf Gobble, the Ring Burger, and some desserts to share! om nom nom nom

  19. amy marantino says:

    the Hobbit Hole Breakfast looks awesome

  20. jrdunn says:

    Oh Holy christ I would go all out but those first pancakes with the icecream on em look awesome!

  21. jason says:

    burger is a must and need the shake to wash down the sweet looking red velvet balls.

  22. Justin ST says:

    I’ve never been a fan of the movies. There you have it, I’m a hater. I also realize I’ll probably not win the gift card contest. Oh well, lol. On the other hand, I hope that Shire sausage is something like English Cumberland sausage.

  23. Noodlez says:

    That ring burger must be mine, as the pancakes and sausage.

  24. Elise says:

    That campfire smoothie looks yummy! I would probably want to try either the sausage skillet or the ring burger. Everything looks good though. Not much better than Denny’s for a big hearty post-bar drunken meal, am I right? I also like the variety of sides options Denny’s has, last time I went I got veggies and ranch dipping sauce. Great post! 🙂

  25. ratbuddy says:

    I’d order four Hobbit Holes, giggling the whole time.

  26. Michael says:

    So many choices for my second breakfast – can’t wait!

  27. AmyJ says:

    The gobble melt sounds interesting, Thanksgiving samich! The red velvet puppies would make an excellent dessert too.

  28. Starkzilla says:

    I’d love it if they offered something based on Smaug! Maybe a ‘smokey Smaug bacon burger’ or something. That would’ve been awesome.

  29. Enrique L. says:

    I’d totally get the Ring Burger, one of the milkshakes and some red velvet hush puppies. Can’t wait for The Hobbit to come out!

  30. Hungry Guy says:

    I’d get the ring burger and maybe the shake!

  31. Sheila says:

    I’d have to try the Hobbit Hole Breakfast since it looks so interesting and based on your recommendation! Gandalf’s Gobble Melt also sounds like wonderful comfort food. I love red velvet cake so I’d have to get an order of those Red Velvet Pancake Puppies, and the Lonely Mountain Treasure seeded French toast sounds enticing as well. Although this is probably pushing it past $25, I’d love to try the Ring Burger and the Lone-Lands Campfire Cookie Milkshake! It all looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. DK says:

    I’d order the Dwarves’ Turkey & Dressing Dinner and Pumpkin Patch Pancakes.

  33. Halevy says:

    We loves red velvet, precious, though that Campfire Cookie Shake sounds awesome, too.

  34. Stephen Z. says:

    I actually have the huge old school Hobbit picture book. Anyways, I would get those red velvet pancake puppies, the hobbit hole, and the Frodo’s pot roast skillet.

  35. Echo710 says:

    I definitely want the Pumpkin Patch Pancakes and the Bilbo’s Berry Smoothie. And… what looks best of all… the Campfire Cookie Shake. I mean… s’mores cookies?! HELL YES.

  36. Alex K. says:

    I’d want the Shire Sausage or the Hobbit Hole. Disappointed The Ring burger has multiple rings. Accuracy dangit!

  37. Jenifer says:

    Red velvet all the way.

  38. Nicki says:

    The Pumpkin Patch Pancakes are going to be my #1 choice, without a doubt.

    Not only have I read The Hobbit multiple times but, I have also listened to it on tape…by choice.

  39. Derrick says:

    Wow the Hobbit Hole breakfast and The Ring burger look amazing, sort of feel like going to Denny’s for once :3

  40. Christopher says:

    Shire Sausage looks worthy of Second breakfast 😀

  41. Amanda says:

    I want to try it all. The pumpkin pancakes and the Pot Roast look especially delicious. Oh, and the red velvet pancake puppies!

  42. Jessica W. says:

    It all looks amazing!!! I will have to go everyday to try everything, I can’t choose!!!!!!!:) Whoever designed this menu is a genius!

  43. Mike N. says:

    The gobble melt looks surprisingly good, but the Hobbit Hole breakfast will be my first choice (any time of the day!) The pancake puppies are going to be a must-try too.

  44. Stew says:

    I’d definitely get the Gobble Melt

  45. Jordan says:

    The Pumpkin Patch Pancakes sound awesome. I would likely order 3 orders of the “Build Your Own Hobbit Slam” at three different times.

  46. Chris says:

    Nice, crispy bacon.

  47. Melissa says:

    I think I will be at Denny’s every day for breakfast and second breakfast.

  48. well versed says:

    That Cookie Milkshake looks delicious, I want it!

  49. Brad says:

    The RIng Burger, my new precious….

  50. Vince says:

    Campfire Cookie Milkshake, for sure.

  51. Jesica says:

    I definitely want to try the Pumpkin Patch pancakes. Those look amazing. I’m a sucker for pumpkin-flavored things. That seed cake french toast looks pretty darn tasty, too.

  52. Ron Dumoulin says:

    the ring burger,hobbit slam and a cpl milkshakes would be great

  53. Mmmm…the Hobit Hole Breakfast looks to be right up my alley. I still haven’t seen the last two LOTR movies because I vowed to a college friend that I would only watch them with him. Sadly, I haven’t seen him in person in over 7 years, but we still talk about how we’re gonna fulfill that promise someday!

  54. Em says:

    This is going to sound dirty but I could totally go for a Hobbit Hole. There. I said it.

    (Seriously though, it looks good.)

  55. Jen H. says:

    That smoothie looks delish!

  56. Raymond Porter says:

    Look at the size if the sausage on that skillet! *^_^*

  57. Julia says:

    Oh wow most of these look really awesome! The ones that sounds tastiest to me are Gandalf’s Gobble Melt, Lonely Mountain Treasure, and the Pumpkin Patch Pancakes. I’m normally not a fan of Denny’s but I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings nerd so you can bet I’ll be trying some of these things out.

  58. SL says:

    The Ring burger, and a Campfire Cookie milkshake! Cannot wait for this movie!

  59. I want a Tom Bombadil’s dish so badly! I am excited to try a lot of these. My dad is going to flip over this as he is a big Denny’s and Hobbit fan! <3

  60. Nick I. says:

    French toast bites, Ring Burger, Roast Beef skillet, and those pancake puppies will be mine!!

  61. melissacrouch says:

    The red velvet hush puppies do sound intriguing, but I’d probably just stick with the pumpkin patch pancakes, can never get enough of pumpkin!

  62. Anthony says:

    Wow I have to try the Hobbit Hole Breakfast. And the Ring Burger. And maybe Shire Sausage. And the Cookie Milk shake.

  63. I can’t decide between the fancied-up “egg in a hole” or the shire sausage. Maybe I’ll eat one there and get one to go. I’m wondering, are hobbits served from this menu even though they aren’t wearing shoes?

  64. Travis D. says:

    With the gift card, I would try to sample as much of that menu as possible, but everything looks SO GOOD. Very happy I have a Denny’s in my local town… I don’t go often, but will now. Thanks for the write-up.

  65. That Hobbit Hole breakfast looks amazing.

  66. Linny says:

    My nephew and I go to Denny’s as our special place, because nobody else in our family loves it like we do. I would totally treat us to some pumpkin patch pancakes and the lone-lands campfire cookie milkshake.

  67. Sonia says:

    Mmmm campfire cookie milkshake sounds delicious! Can’t wait for the movies OR the menu! 😀

  68. Jose Cardenas says:

    I wish they had elf bread to last me all day! But I guess I’ll just have to hit up Denny’s for breakfast second breakfast lunch and dinner November 6th! 😀

  69. Mel says:

    Mmm the seed cake French toast looks yummy. My boyfriends favorite things in the world include Tolkien’s works and breakfast.

  70. sentientsoup says:

    Got to try the Hobbit Hole breakfast; that may be one I recreate at home after trying it. And the Shire Skillet just because they mention Elevensies.

  71. pinkpizza01Eilish says:

    I would get the red velvet pieces, and the French toast. yum!

  72. Andy W says:

    Never seen any of the LOTR movies and won’t see the Hobbit but $25 worth of food sounds good.

  73. Seattle sue says:

    Holy hobbit holes batman. That bread hole looks tasty! Red velvet pound puppies…oh boy! Denny’s gets a bad rap but I haven’t had a bad meal there ever.

  74. Kellie says:

    Can I just get $25 in Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies with cream cheese icing??? YUM!!

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  80. Rebecca says:


    My best friend and I come home from school Dec 21st, and we always go to Denny's for a reunion breakfast. We added the Lonely Mountain Treasure to our "usual" when the first Hobbit came out, and I'm so pumped that it's back!

    Whoooohooooooo love you guys!

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