I recently noticed that Denny’s and IHOP are featuring
“All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes.” Now, if that’s not reaching to the bottom of the advertising
barrel, I don’t know what is.
First of all, the breakfasts at these two establishments -- and
let’s face it, they are just analogs of each other -- are gargantuan. By the
time one finishes with the Giant Omelet from Hell, bacon, sausage, ham, hash
browns, and grits, -- who wants pancakes? The pancakes are there just to make
the plate look bigger.
Who are these people who aren’t getting enough pancakes
anyway? Was there a soaring demand for unlimited discs of cheap, griddled
For one thing, I’m not a breakfast eater. Never have been. Even
as a little kid, my breakfast request was usually, “Just a cup of coffee, thank
But I have to admit that I occasionally enjoy a big Denny’s breakfast – at
noon. I think, maybe, I’ve eaten half a pancake from the giant pile of discs
accompanying my Grand Slam. But that’s it.
The only people I can imagine taking advantage of the
All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Special are families who might have several teen-age
boys. They’re bottomless pits and filling them up can be quite challenging.
Otherwise, I just can’t envision hoards of folks banging their forks on the
tables for more pancakes.
Still, I’m sure this advertisement has worked its wonders. After all, we
really are an All-You-Can-Eat kind of nation -- one that certainly doesn't need to be eating all we can eat.
But Pancakes? If it was All-You-Can-Eat Bacon, I might be
singing a different tune.
Otherwise, I’ll just have a cup of coffee, thank you.
Labels: Denny's, IHOP