It has been a longtime family joke that my mom (also one of my favorite people in the entire world) was too snooty* for Denny’s. Every time we would head out to eat, for at least the last 30 years, we’d bring this up. Still, despite our teasing, she refused to go.
I never had any luck changing her mind, but it just took my own kids 30 seconds of batting their eyelashes and smiling sweetly to get their grandma to Denny’s.
We sat at a back table, under the old time diner photos, and the kids reviewed their menus while my dad and I smiled at my mom. The kids menus have pictures and descriptions for the kids to pick out their meal. They either pick a breakfast ($2.99 each) or they pick one lunch item with one side ($3.29 each). It was so easy that the kids did not need my help and I could continue to watch my mom.
The food came quickly and the kids dove into their meals. Of course my dad and I could only watch grandma and her vegetable skillet. She continued to ignore us. (Apparently raising 3 kids and then 5 grandkids can make you immune to staring and also the bad manners or those around you.)
And when she knew we were about to burst from not knowing, my mom told us that her skillet was good. She liked her Fit Fare at Denny’s. Since we were in public, I only said, ‘I told you so” under my breath.
So, after 30 years of not going to Denny’s, my mom wants to go back. I think Denny’s hired the wrong ambassador. I’m getting grandma a shirt that says: #DennysDiner.
*No grandmas were hurt with this post. My mom gave me full permission to write about her being snooty!
**Kids eat free days vary by location, so check before you go!