Denny's Diner is betting on bacon once again, as it has just been made known to us the chain of cafes is launching their Baconalia menu once again, this time highlighted by a whole slew of new bacon-focused menu items including BBQ Bacon Mac 'N Cheese Bites, a Maple Bacon Milkshake, and most noteworthy, a Caramel Bacon Stuffed French Toast.
Back in March of 2011, Denny's announced the Baconalia menu -- an entirely bacon-centric auxiliary menu championed through the viral Internet by a Maple Bacon Sundae. Up until this day, Denny's is the first restaurant chain of its size (1688+ restaurants) to dedicate an entire menu to bacon. Last year's limited time Baconalia menu was a smashing success -- with over 5 million menu items sold, according to company representatives.
Two years later the Denny's team is at it again, hoping to catch a second wave of bacon madness, announcing a March 12th limited time second-iteration launch of their Baconalia Menu. The promotion will likely run close 2-3 months and features 12 different bacon-heavy dishes.
Of the dishes we tried, we can definitely vouch for the Caramel Bacon Stuffed French Toast and the Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae. The Bacon Pepper Jack Tilapia definitely fell flat for me, and I essentially had no idea why it was on the menu at all.
Regardless, here's a quick rundown on a few of the items you can expect from the new menu...more information to come:
Caramel Bacon Stuffed French Toast
Sweet and savory collide here, two thick slices of French toast sandwich a layer of white chocolate spread and bacon, topped with caramel sauce and diced bacon -- served with a side of two eggs, two more hickory-smoked bacon strips. ($7.99)
Four strips of pepper bacon go into this sandwich, with a layer of spring greens, sliced tomatoes, avocado and a mellow creamy pepper spread on toasted sourdough. ($6.99)
Spicy Pepper Bacon Jack Burger
Hand-pressed beef patty topped with two pepper bacon strips, melted Pepper Jack cheese, sliced jalapenos, and chipotle sauce. ($7.99)
Ultimate Bacon Breakfast
Playing off a traditional 'side of bacon' by serving six strips of hockory-smoked bacon, and essentially a side of two eggs and hash browns. ($6.99)
Bacon Pepper Jack Tilapia
Seasoned tilapia grilled and topped with fresh spinach sauteed with diced bacon and pico de gallo -- all topped with warm Pepper Jack cheese sauce and served with two sides and dinner bread. ($8.99)
BBQ Bacon Mac 'N Cheese Bites
Bacon bits mixed into six golden-fried macaroni and cheese bites, served with a BBQ sauce drizzle and s ide of warm Pepper Jack cheese topped with bacon. ($4.99)
Maple Bacon Milk Shake & a Maple Bacon Sundae
The Maple Bacon Milkshake utilizes vanilla ice cream, maple-flavored syrup, diced bacon and is topped with whipped cream. ($3.69) The Maple Bacon Sundae is identical to the one that made headlines last year, including a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream with a sprinkle of diced hickory-smoked bacon, another layer of syrup and ice cream, topped with of course -- another layer of bacon. ($2.99)
Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae with Bacon
Warm sweet and savory salted caramel brownie topped with a scoop of vanila ice cream, caramel sauce and diced bacon. ($3.69)