One of the reasons why Denny’s is so popular as a fast-food place for breakfast is that here, you can build your own Grand Slam. This is the breakfast option that Denny’s launched way back in 1976, to honor Hank Aaron when he retired with 755 home runs during his entire Major League Baseball career.
The premise of the Grand Slam is deceptively simple. You have 14 different items to pick from.
1. Bacon Strips
2. Buttermilk Pancakes (2)
3. Egg Whites (2) (GF)
4. Eggs (2) (GF)
5. English Muffin
6. Grilled Ham Slice (add’l cost)
7. Hash Browns (GF)
8. Hearty Wheat Pancakes (2)
10. Sausage Links
11. Seasonal Fruit (add’l cost) (GF)
12. Slices of Toast (2 sl)
13. Turkey Bacon Strips (2) (GF)
14. Yogurt (add’l cost) (GF)
From these options, you can pick 4 of them to build your own Grand Slam. If we do the math, then you have 14 options x 13 (remaining) options x 12 options x 11 options. That gives you a grand total of 24,024 different Grand Slam combinations.
To put it another way, if you choose differently each day of the year (and you can do that, since Denny’s is open 365 days a year), then you’ll need almost 66 years to try them all!
Admittedly, it can be a bit overwhelming to create your own Grand Slam to make sure that the resulting combination is to your liking. After all, you can’t really be sure that some options go together.
The good news is that Denny’s offers several Slam Packages that have proven popular over the years. You should try these first, so you can just modify them over the years. Among these signature Slam options, here are some that you may want to consider.
French Toast Slam
You can get your French Toast Slam for $11, and you’ll feel you got full value for your money. It may be a bit strange to start this list with a Slam that doesn’t come with pancakes, since plenty of Denny’s fans know that this place offers lots of different pancake options. But if you like French Toast over pancakes, then this is what you order.
You start off with 4 pieces of French toast, which taste quite wonderful. You won’t have to forego your sugar fix without the pancakes, since these are dusted with sweet powdered sugar. The French toast sweetness is great, and they even come with some crunchiness on the outside.
And to make sure you don’t get tired of the taste, the sweetness is offset by the bacon, sausage, and eggs. You get 2 of each. These take care of your protein needs, and you won’t have to feel hungry until your lunch at noon. The portion size is just right and not over the top, so you won’t feel lazy and overly full for the rest of the morning.
This gives you 3 scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, to go with 2 sausage links, 2 strips of bacon, hash browns, and your choice of bread. You can either get 2 slices of toast, or an English muffin.
As the name says, everything here is traditional American breakfast fare. They’re all comfortably familiar, and they help relax you to start your day. The cheesy eggs are particularly wonderful, and they ought to bring a smile to your face. This is an order that everyone will like, whether they’re kids or adults.
What exactly do you get with the Lumberjack Slam? Well, you get a lot.
• 2 fresh and fluffy buttermilk pancakes
• A slice of grilled ham
• 2 strips of bacon
• 2 sausage links
• 2 eggs
• Hash browns
• Your choice of bread (English muffin or 2 slices of toast)
Okay, this is not for dieters who want to watch their calories. It’s a rather hefty breakfast and you immediately get up to 1,480 calories.
You may have noticed that this set definitely has more than 4 different items. That’s by design, since it’s assuming that for this morning, you have a huge appetite.
That can be for any number of reasons. Perhaps you had an early (and light) dinner the night before, and now it’s already late in the morning. Maybe you didn’t even have dinner the night before. Or perhaps you’re trying to put on some meat on your skinny frame, and this breakfast will certainly help.
Let’s end this list on a healthier option, shall we? The appropriately named Fit Slam is the breakfast you want if you’re trying to keep fit. You get:
• Egg whites scrambled with fresh spinach and grape tomatoes
• 2 strips of turkey bacon
• English muffin
• Seasonal fruit
The grand total is less than 550 calories, and you get less than 15g of fat. With more than 20g of protein, you also feel full for the rest of the morning!