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Anyone who’s watched Hollywood movies or TV shows will be familiar with this kind of place.

The classic All-American diner, with lots of eggs and pancakes on the menu and bottomless filter coffee, poured from jugs by ladies in chequered aprons.

You won’t find anything closer to a slice of down-home US here in Abu Dhabi.

If another cultural stereotype comes to mind – that of big portions – you’ve also hit the nail on the head.

This is food for seriously hungry people. It’s rich, filling and definitely not very good for you (not even the healthy options).

We’re here on a Saturday morning and the place is packed, so you’d be well advised to arrive early.

There are lots of families here, and the menu has plenty of kids options.

Want white chocolate chip-filled buttermilk pancakes, topped with whipped cream and strawberries and served with veal bacon, sausage and eggs? You’re in the right place.

We love to come for breakfast, when the pancakes are piled high and the cheesy, scrambled eggs take over the plates.

However, lunch and dinner dishes include plenty of skillets including chicken, steak, prawns and eggs, as well as salads, sandwiches, burgers and steaks. Kids options include burgers and pasta.

If you ate at Denny’s every day you might end up bringing another American stereotype to life, but for a hearty no-nonsense meal, where the whole family is welcome, it definitely does its job.

Open 24 hours. Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiya (02 445 3128).

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  • Location: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 445 3128
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiya
  • Cuisine: American
  • Times: Open 24 hours

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