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Denny’s to Put Amy’s Organics on the Menu

Amy's Veggie Burger at Denny'sIt looks like restaurant chain Denny’s is trying to atone for the nutritional sin of serving up the super-fattening fried cheese melt sandwich. Denny’s announced that it will be partnering with Amy’s Organics to offer a healthier sandwich: The Amy’s Veggie Burger. Announced this week, the organic and vegan burger will soon be appearing nationwide. Denny’s does currently offer a veggie burger, but it’s not vegan.


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Denny’s Diet Disaster: Fried Cheese Melt

Neither mozzarella sticks nor grilled cheese sandwiches are particularly healthy or low calorie foods. But sicking the fried cheese into the fired sandwich means only one thing: diet disaster. The sandwich will be appearing on Denny’s $2 $4 $6 $8 value menu starting August 24th.

The restaurant chain announced that the Fried Cheese Melt will cost $4.00, but has not released its caloric content. Here’s our best estimate, with data provided by Denny‘s:

  • 750 calories for an 8-ounce serving of Denny’s mozzarella sticks, without condiments (Denny’s does not disclose how many pieces they consider a serving)
  • 650 calories in Denny’s three cheese melt
  • Totals 1,400 calories

The meal will also come with a serving of fries, and a serving of marinara sauce. The french fries have 425 calories per 5-ounce serving, and the average 1/2 cup of marinara sauce has 93 calories.
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Denny’s Endless Pancakes and Fries Not a Healthy Idea

dennys pancakesIn an effort to be competitive with other restaurant promotions, such as IHOP’s offering of Never Ending Pancakes on February 24, Denny’s has come out with a whopper of a bad idea. Starting now and continuing through the end of March, Denny’s is offering unlimited free refills of both French fries and pancakes at participating locations nationwide. Valid 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the offer applies to any order of French fries or pancakes served with an entrée, including both original buttermilk pancakes and Denny’s Hearty Wheat pancakes.

Clearly times are still hard and everyday we’re all looking for ways to stretch hard-earned dollars farther and farther,” said John Dillon, Vice President Marketing, Denny’s Corporation. “By offering unlimited refills on not just one but two favorite items, we are able to provide even more everyday value on items our guests love. Who doesn’t want seconds of pancakes and fries… especially when they’re free?”

Repeat after me – free is not always good. And often free comes with a non-monetary price tag.
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Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast Nutrition Facts

dennys free grand slam breakfastDuring Super Bowl XLIV, most of America saw the commercial for Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast. It’s the second year the diner is offering this promotion, and it will no doubt lead to very long lines on Tuesday, February 9, when the free breakfast is available.

While the meal might not cost you anything, your body will pay dearly.

Made of 2 pancakes, 2 sausage links, 2 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs, the original Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast has:

  • 795 Calories
  • 50g Fat (daily recommendation is 65g total)
  • 460mg Cholesterol (more than the 300mg/day recommendation)
  • 2237mg Sodium (more than the 2200mg/day recommendation)
  • 65g Carbs
  • 2g Dietary Fiber
  • 4g Sugar
  • 34g Protein
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