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One of the privileges of a byline is that I’m never obliged to recant, which is fortunate because The Palate surely owes a few kind words to Denny’s chain-gang.

For decades, I dismissed the food and service with wisecracks like this gem: “People who dine at Denny’s deserve it.” The attacks were largely deserved at the time, but times have changed and so has Denny’s, which is easily the most improved budget place on the block — especially at breakfast time, which is served at any hour.

Gone is the gaudy carnival aura. In is a sophisticated, comfy booth setting with swift service.

Denny’s puts more food on the plate and charges less for Slam and Grand Slam specials than similar chain menus like IHOP. The tasty all-American grilled or deep-fried binge temptations are not for calorie counters or health food fans, but what Denny’s does, it now does deliciously.

The Ivy chef and co-owner Richard Irving claims to have “invented mesquite grilled chicken with cold veggie elements.” The famed restaurant certainly gets the grilled specialty right from $18 at 113 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, where the 350 calorie (500 with chicken or shrimp) dish has been on the menu since 1983. Carry the platinum when you reserve a table on the front “patio of the stars.”

Lawry’s has revealed its August “dinner for two” $89 special at the Los Feliz Boulevard Tam O‘Shanter Inn. Begin with soup or salad and dine on 8 oz. cuts, roasted prime rib or fresh salmon with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach. Enjoy a bottle of Rutherford Hills wine or two well drinks. Dessert is a choice of English trifle or a CC Brown sundae sampler, plus coffee or tea.

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