We Ate It: Denny's Nerd-Bait "The Hobbit" Menu
JK:That brings us to the drink/dessert shakes on offer. Since I figured I was doing enough guilty pleasure damage with the 1,400-calorie burger, I went with Bilbo's Berry Smoothie. The alliterative marketing department strikes again, as I'm pretty sure no Hobbit worth their salt would be seen within twenty feet of a smoothie.
I feel like the smoothie was a little unusual for a Denny's drink. I'm pretty sure actual fruit was involved in its production, even if it was pre-fab seedless purée. At only 230 calories for a 15-ounce glass, it's a good choice if you're in the mood for something shake-like but don't feel like sucking down two Big Macs' worth of calories in a single serving. Speaking of which, I believe Ando had a shake involving Mallomars-style cookies...
Ando: Ah yes, you had to bring up the little matter of calories didn't you? Fortunately/Sadly Denny's actually provides a helpful meal calculator that lets you know what you've eaten. The Lone-Lands Campfire Cookie milkshake tops out at 1100 calories which is roughly half of the total calories an active adult should eat in an entire day. One has to imagine that Type 2 diabetes is a major problem among harfoots, despite their consistently long lives.
Be that as it may, the shake is good, surprisingly good. It's basically a cookies and creme shake flavored with s'mores cookies and it works. While I had a difficult time identifying the exact s'mores-ness of the shake I do think I saw a marshmallow bobbing around in there. While I'm not sure I need another one anytime soon, it's entirely possible that graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows might be finding their way into a home brewed shake soon.
JK: A cookie made with graham crackers, marshmallow, and dark chocolate? That's totally a Mallomar. Throw a couple of those in the blender with ice cream and milk, and it should hit the nail right on the head.
Ando: Overall I'd have to say that, as far as themed menus go, things could have certainly have gone worse. For your money you're definitely going to get a Hobbit friendly quantity of food. In other words, a lot, they do after all eat at least five times a day. I can't in good conscious urge you to rush out and eat your way through this menu. But if by some chance you find yourself in a Denny's after a 10-hour pre-Hobbit, Lord of the Rings marathon, you'll probably appreciate the mass produced imagining of Middle Earth.
JK:As far as movie tie-ins go, I'm tempted to say it's successful. While the food is no better or worse than your average Denny's meal (of course), it's nice to see a company put a little effort into a movie tie-in. Once word gets out in the gamer geek community, I have a feeling there may be more than a few late-night D&D sessions with the Middle-Earth menu involved during or after.
Ando: Actually, there was a full Lord of the Rings RPG released a couple years ago. Sadly, it looks like it's been out of print for awhile and the company that released it basically vanished. Maybe the fine people over at Imperial Outpost could point us in the right direction? I'm certain I have my dice bag around here somewhere...