Burger 245: Denny's | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

261 Plainfield Road
West Lebanon, New Hampshire

Bus:  Advance Transit RED

Visit:  April 19, 2014

http://www.dennys.com/

Our whirlwind trip through Boston was winding down and we were making our way home.  A lot of our students had to be home for Easter dinner and our options were limited.  So, a stop in West Lebanon yielded a lot of fast food options, or so one would think.  With a timer on this visit, this gave me the opportunity to visit Denny’s.

We all know how road trips work.  You should count yourself lucky if you eat healthy or properly.  Also, the constraints you’re given can also make things difficult if you want to eat what you want.  Unless you’re willing to take some chances, you might just end up at that really big fast food place that I would rather never set foot in again.

This was the case when we ended up in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.  We were on a schedule and only had 30 minutes to make things happen.  I saw the long list of fast food joints that pride themselves on hamburgers.  You name them, they probably had them on this road.  But, I saw a place that caught my attention and I was wondering if I would be able to make it in the time allotted.

Denny’s has a reputation.  It’s known as one of those 24 hour places that serve breakfast on the cheap.  If it were any other day of the week, I would probably avoid coming to a place like this, but this was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up.  There were even some students who were urging me to change my mind.  Though their arguments were strong, my dumb and stubborn mind just had to make my way to Denny’s.

As soon as I entered, I was seated immediately.  As I was led to my table, I told the first server that I was on a time crunch and that I needed to be back on the bus by a certain time.  So, as I’m sitting at the table, the second server, who would be responsible for my table, showed up and told me that they were informed of my issue.

The ordering process was quick, as I knew what I wanted.  The bill was actually delivered to the table at the same time as my meal, so that was good too.  The whole process took about 20 minutes and I was back to the bus with time to spare.  I have to say that the restaurant never had to accommodate me, but they did.  They were also very polite while doing so.  I also need to note that of all the 30+ people who went out to get lunch at the fast food places, I was the first person to return.  That’s not that bad for the ignoramus who went to a sit down place.

Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.69)

This burger contains lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and bacon.

One of the features on the Denny’s menu is the chance to build your own burger.  I don’t get this opportunity that often.  This allowed me to choose something I would rather eat over something chosen for me.  This way, if don’t like the way the burger tastes, the blame would be more on me than anything else.

Another thing that I have to note is that my streak of getting asked how I wanted the patty cooked was broken here.  To this point, I’ve had almost 20 burgers in the states and in most of those occasions, the customer is asked how they wanted their meat.  So, after all those visits, I wasn’t asked how I wanted this burger done.

When the burger arrived to the table, I didn’t really affect me.  Normally, you could tell a lot by the arrival.  This time, since expectations weren’t really that high or a big factor, I was indifferent.  People go to Denny’s for breakfast and here I am having a burger.  Then again, I have to try them all.

In all, the burger was fine.  The meat came to the table closer to well done than anything medium.  The collection of ingredients was simple and they played their role well.  The bacon was probably the biggest highlight of the burger mainly because they do specialize in breakfast.

Final Verdict

Denny’s is one of those American staples that isn’t necessarily the best food on the planet, but one that serves the purpose.  The food is relatively easy on the budget and the service isn’t that bad.  So, while I hesitated coming here, it wasn’t that bad of an experience.

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