Denny's hopes to woo geeks with a Hobbit-themed menu, will probably be successful

As if you actually needed an excuse to have "second breakfast," Denny's -- home of the mozzarella stick grilled cheese sandwich -- will be offering up a new menu inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting on November 6. (The movie itself opens December 14.) Among the eleven Tolkien-themed items are Bilbo's Berry Smoothie (with real bilboberries!), the Hobbit Hole Breakfast (which sounds filthy and is probably delicious), Radagast's Red Velvet Pancake Puppies (because if there's anything Radagast is known for, it's red velvet, pancakes, and puppies), and Gandalf's Gobble Melt (which I'm sure Ian McKellen thinks is hilarious). AdAge has a page from the menu as well as a nerd-baiting TV spot. (via Blastr)


  1. >Among the eleven Tolkien-themed items

    had to re-read several times to determine if “eleven” or “elven”

  2. “Hobbit Hole Breakfast”

    I assume this is the new name for Moons Over My Hammy, and equally giggle-inducing name

  3. I think I would just be too embarrassed to order any of those things by name.  Guess I’ll stick with Perkins.

    1. It would have been funnier if Radagast’s dish had been roast chicken, since his original name is Aiwendil.

    2. The films make it confusing by never mentioning the guy.
      Why didn’t Gandalf sent Frodo piggybacking on an eagle straight to Mount Doom?  Why did the eagles suddenly show up at the final battle?

      On the first question, the animals were Radagast The Brown’s realm, but he was too immersed in his own world, St Francis Of Assisi-style, to be bothered by other Middle-Earth concerns.
      On the second question, Radagast finally made up his mind to pitch in, after the battle of Pelennor Fields.

      1. Radagast, along with Saruman and the Blue Wizards, were considered to have failed in their appointed task.

        1. While Radagast became a disaffiliated yet benevolent flake, Saruman went into full-blown insanity.  No comparison there.

          Since I never read the Unfinished Tales, I wasn’t even aware about the existence of the Blue Wizards.  While in The Lord Of The Rings there’s only a fleeting mention (yeah, I Googled it just now), the reference just flew over my head when I read the books back in the mid-eighties.

          But yeah, Blue Wizards?  Fascinating stuff, like Morgoth and his army of balrogs, fleshing out the history of Middle-earth.  “Me gusta”.

          Also, it seems Radagast is gonna have considerable screen time in Jackson’s Hobbit (’cause Tolkien’s Hobbit it ain’t)… Oh, now I get it:  that’s why Denny’s has a Radagast breakfast.

          1. Aiwendil only went to prevent a marital spat between Yavanna and Aulë, who was sending Curumo. Pallando only went because Alatar didn’t want to travel alone. And Olórin went because Manwë was being a dick. It was, to put it mildly, a poorly-planned campaign. As far as I can tell, Varda and Yavanna are the only Valar who aren’t a bit dim or just plain horrible.

  4. OK, the four dollar mozzarella stick grilled cheese sandwich is a good deal if you do this; tell em to give you the sticks on the side, add tomato for nothing, change cheese to swiss, throw away mozzarella sticks, enjoy grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with good fries for four dollars. Don’t forget to leave a nice tip, don’t punish the wait staff cause you got a deal.

  5. I won’t self-apply the label ‘gourmet’ — I’ll let others do that for me. However – I confess to being a gourmand. 

    I don’t always eat at Denny’s, but when I do, it is at the Glenwood Denny’s (part of Eugene/Springfield, Or), in which a scene in Five Easy Pieces was filmed. I have always liked Denny’s for some reason and when I go there it is usually for their hamburgers and fries which, for whatever reason, are some of the best. They don’t serve alcohol but that is remedied with the discrete use of airline size bottles. Plus, the time warp thing. And it’s often next to motels. The one in Glenwood, I can sit in the approximate location of the characters in FEP, not that I ever go out of my way to do that sort of thing.

    How is my personal anecdote relevant to this discussion? Well, despite being somewhat well-known by movie nerds – there is not a shred of memorabilia of this movie in this Denny’s, and it seems that Denny’s in general tends to avoid movie tie-ins and similar promotions at the corporate level. The way in which the employees there deny knowing anything about the movie, I believe that they are instructed to deny all knowledge for some reason.

    This Hobbit promotion seems like new territory for Denny’s and I’m interested to see how this will work for them. I’m betting it’s a one-off.   

      1. Thank-you. I work hard on my lembas, they’re my own secret-recipe, but I will volunteer that instead of water, I will use beer, grated apple, or a combination of these. Using water is a wasted opportunity for complexity IMHO. If you think my lembas are fine, you should try my lambadas and macarenas. 

        (The attached pic is me hard at work in my outdoor, artisan bakery. The other pic is of me and an apprentice from the local junior-college. So rewarding.)

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