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Denny's Diner

Denny’s is one of the largest family restaurant chain in the USA, with about 1,600 restaurants. There are few places in the Orlando area, or in other parts of Florida, where you will not find this casual dining experience. We have a 24 hour Denny’s just round the corner from our villa, and it has often been very useful.

Don’t expect silver service and white table cloths here, though. It is moderately priced, with often fairly basic décor. However, it does offer really good value, fast service and freshly cooked food, often round the clock. Their breakfasts are very good value, served piping hot, and to cooked to your preference. Don’t forget to ask for ‘over easy’ or ‘sunny side up’ when ordering your fried eggs. Breakfast is available at any time of the day or night.

Their Original Grand Slam Breakfast is extremely popular, and offers a huge plateful of bacon, eggs, sausages and buttermilk pancakes – two of each. But their Grand Slam Slugger will certainly set you up for the day as you will be served with two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips, two sausage links, plus hash browns or grits, and a choice of bread. All this is served with a small glass of juice and coffee – for those who prefer tea, that is normally available too.

If you fancy a real American breakfast then there is T-bone Steak and Eggs. Now that really is something else – 13 oz steak, with two eggs, hash browns or grits, and bread. Fit for any budding astronaut! Of course there are pancakes galore, which come with a fruit filling, plus bacon, sausages, eggs and hash browns. I have to admit we always find it curious how people eat sweet and savoury together at breakfast!

But there is a huge array of breakfast combinations, so you are sure to find one that suits you. It’s a great place to have breakfast early before the parks open – our own Denny’s is never shut, so it’s ideal to stop off there before arriving at Disney. These breakfasts will keep you going for several hours and will definitely stave off the hunger pains, leaving you free to enjoy the attractions.

However, if you don’t feel like getting up early then Denny’s provides an excellent place to grab lunch – maybe a quick sandwich, including Club Sandwiches, all served with French fries, or a salad. My favourite for a light lunch is a bowl of their excellent soup, served with dinner bread. There are lots of burgers to choose from, too. Dinner (served from 11.am to 10.pm) offers many choices, including steak, shrimps, an excellent fish and chips, grilled Tilapia, and classic entrees such as grilled chicken, chicken strips, roast turkey and stuffing, with a wide range of ‘sides’ including mashed potatoes, baked potato, and cinnamon apple.

To follow, you may want to sample one of their desserts, if you still have room. There is apple pie, banana split, Oreo sundae, cheesecake and hot fudge brownies to name but a few. We rarely have room for a dessert, but they are good value.

Both ‘Seniors’ (over 55’s), and Kids, are not forgotten, with special menus for both. The ‘Seniors’ menu is usually cheaper than the main menu! Children can choose from all the usual entrees – hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza etc, plus fruit, desserts and a range of breakfasts. There are colouring sheets to keep them amused, plus alien masks, and a ‘Rocket’ cup with a special ‘D-Fusion’ pack which turns their drink to blue, green or red. Great fun!

For those of us watching our weight there is even a ‘Fit Fare’ menu, with breakfast lunch and dinner items containing 15 grams of fat or less. The ‘All Night Menu’ has a slightly reduced range of items, but still offers breakfast through the night, if that is what you want.

So if you want something freshly cooked, which is competitively priced and good value then try Denny’s. It may not be the Ritz but it will certainly keep the hunger pangs at bay!

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