Today I ate Denny’s Homestyle Meatloaf, and it was good!
Honestly I didn’t expect too much from this from the picture shown in the menu(pictured above), but I’ve kept hearing from the people who work there that I know say it’s not half bad, and they’re right.
The meatloaf itself isn’t anything groundbreaking. It’s just their normal ground beef that’s been seasoned with their tomato sauce on top. I think they place it in the oven to cook? the consistency of it is not like their hamburgers which I was scared it would be. I’ve personally only have had meatloaf from the Boston Market Meatloaf dinners that come with a brown gravy instead of tomato sauce, so I’m not too familiar with meatloaves, but my mind goes to BrutalMoose’s Banquet Beef Showdown Video where he talks about how when meatloaf is paired with a gravy it makes it like the salisbury steak dinner from Banquet and, “I feel like every meatloaf I’ve ever had has been in more of a tomato sauce.” Then he brings up a review from online and the lady is devastated over the meatloaf switching from tomato sauce to gravy, and then he says that if they used the sauce from the spaghetti on the meatloaf it would be better.
The tomato sauce from Denny’s is good, but it’s not the end all, be all tomato sauce. I like it much better with their spaghetti and meatballs. I feel like if you put tomato sauce on a meatloaf you have to make it different than the same sauce you would put on spaghetti, and they just don’t do that; but that does not make it bad, just more.. normal?
The two sides I picked to go with the meatloaf were broccoli and the red-skinned mashed potatoes. The broccoli is just the standard steam in a bag broccoli. Nothing offensive, just could use some butter, but if I wanted it that bad I would’ve asked for some. The mashed potatoes however, are so close to being great, but they just fall flat on their face. With the latest menu change, they’ve updated some of their products and the mashed potatoes were changed. Before they were this like instant, MRE type mashed potatoes they could whip up in like a minute or two, but now these are microwavable potatoes that take six minutes in the microwave. Instantly you can tell that the new ones taste much better. The problem with them is that not all of the potatoes are mashed up! I don’t want chunks of potato in with my mashed potatoes. They’re supposed to be mashed already so I don’t have to chew them. To be fair, you can swallow it without chewing, and I’ve tried that, but it’s just not right. I’d rather have the older mashed potatoes because at least with those I don’t have to worry about potato chunks ruining the consistency of the potatoes. I’d rather eat mashed potatoes from the grocery store. Denny’s could learn a thing or two from Bob Evans.
The presentation was better than the picture provided of it. The picture makes the plate look like it has a bit of empty space on it. There was more tomato sauce on mine, and my potatoes had brown gravy. None of the food was touching wither, and the plate looked much better than in the picture. I was impressed because I know my local Denny’s is very hit or miss when it comes to presentation, which to me doesn’t matter, but to other people it might.
Overall a good meal. It was very filling. They didn’t skimp out on the amount of meat for the meatloaf. It cost $9.99 and I believe it was worth it, even if the potatoes weren’t to my exact liking. I’ll just get a different side next time probably.