Untitled-1 America’s Restaurant Gallery — Achievements & Artifacts of our Industry

Denny’s Menu


Founded in 1953 in Lakewood, Calif., by Harold Butler under the original moniker of Danny’s Donuts, the chain evolved from a doughnut shop to a diner-style coffee shop with a broader menu and round-the-clock hours serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. More recently the brand has returned to its roots with the tagline, “Welcome to America’s diner.” Denny’s has continued to serve delicious classics for over 60 years. This menu from 1979 reveals a snapshot of the meals Americans were eating at the time. In addition to listing its Hamburger Hall of Fame section, the menu features a diverse array of dishes including grilled liver and onions for $3.35, and a petite top sirloin steak for $5.25. The brand also anticipated future health and social concerns by accommodating special dietary requirements, offering a nonsmoking section and participating in an energy conservation program. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny’s now has some 1,600 locations.