On Sunday, July 31, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at Denny’s restaurant,1601 Martinsburg Pike, Route 11 north of Winchester, Virginia, near I-81 Exit 317. Denny’s is one of the few Winchester area restaurants open 24 hours a day, and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all times. The phone number is (540) 662-1633. In addition to dine-in service, there is to-go service that can be ordered via telephone for pickup. Denny’s has a parking lot entrance directly off of the southbound lane of Route 11. If you are traveling from Winchester in the northbound lane of Route 11, get in the left turn lane at the traffic light before reaching Denny’s. Turn left onto Route 661, Welltown Road, and then turn right into the parking lot and go past the Econo Lodge to Denny’s, in front of the Comfort Inn. Denny’s entrance is in the front and has a vestibule. Inside, a padded bench on your left provides seating if you need to wait, and the hostess’s station is further in at your right. The cashier’s station is at the back of this area, with a counter seating four people to its left;, there’s a TV screen on the wall here. The imitation wood flooring is dark, and so is the ceiling. The seating area has dividers breaking it up into aisles, with booths and tables here and there. Windows are on both sides and the front. The arrangement is somewhat cluttered. The music was not intrusive. The categories in the largest of the two menus included Drinks, Slams, Omelettes & Skillets, Favorites, Salads & Appetizers, Classics, Steaks, and 55 +. The smaller menu included Buttermilk Pancakes, Desserts, and Shareable Appetizers. Our server was Brandy, and like all of the other restaurant personnel, was wearing a yellow tee-shirt with a large picture of a pancake with a face that had teeth in its mouth. This is part of Denny’s promotion of their new reworked buttermilk pancake recipe, claimed to be fluffier and tastier than their previous version. My daughter ordered from the breakfast menu. She had the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, juicy blueberries cooked inside two new fluffy buttermilk pancakes, ser I ordered from the 55+ menu, and had the Senior Omelette, a two-egg omelette with sautéed onions, bacon, diced tomatoes, and shredded Cheddar cheese, served with seasonal fresh fruit and toast. The food was good, and the service was adequate, but Denny’s location was somewhat out of the way for us and not special enough for regular dining.
This place is exactly what you would expect it to be: mediocre all fried food at reasonable prices. The wait staff is normally slow at the syrup they serve and really don't seem like they want to be there at all.
I used to love Denny's but after today, I have my doubts!! I went with a friend and he ordered coffee. The little cup that had creamer in it had lettuce stuck to the side which he didn't even see until he poured it in his coffee! After giving up on out waiter to come back, I went and took the coffee and creamer to the waitress station and ordered another drink. We got the new drink and then a waitress comes to our table with food...wasn't ours! But she spends the next 5 minutes straightening out tickets between our table and the table next to us. We had 4 different people taking care of us while we were there and I wasn't even sure who to tip. It took longer than it should have for our food and it wasn't really that hot when we got it. Denny's used to be the place to go for breakfast...the service and food is not at all what it used to be.