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Denny's to Debut "Hobbit"-Themed Menu

George Rose/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting Nov. 6, Denny's restaurants will debut a limited-time, Middle Earth-themed menu for fans of the upcoming Hobbit movie.

The first of three films based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released Dec. 14.

"We were inspired by the imaginative world of Middle Earth and wanted to offer fellow fans an equally inspired food experience to share in the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming debut," Francis Allen, chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

The menu will include 11 new items for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The dishes include Pumpkin Patch Pancakes, Frodo's Pot Roast Skillet, Gandalf's Gobble Melt and Hobbit Hole Skillet. Radagast's Red Velvet Pancake Puppies are red velvet hush puppies made with chocolate chips, dusted with confectioner's sugar and served with a side of cream cheese icing. Customers who order select entrees get a trading card pack with collectible trading cards and restaurant coupons.

Restaurant place mats will also contain four QR codes that diners can scan with their cellphones for exclusive video content.

In 2001, Burger King partnered with Lord of the Rings by offering customers a collectible cup and toys, along with onion rings with a new dipping sauce.

The Denny's menu will be available until January.

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Taco Bell Goes Upscale With New Menu

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Who says fast food can’t have a touch of fine dining?  Taco Bell announced plans this week for a new upscale menu, in an attempt to compete with popular restaurant chain Chipotle.

Miami chef Lorena Garcia, an upcoming Top Chef Masters competitor, began collaborating on the menu with Taco Bell in October in 2010.

“They have a passionate fan base that loves the great taste of the classic menu items – and they don’t want to change that. They were looking to keep these menu items and expand their food to offer new flavors with great taste,” said Garcia in a statement.

Whole black beans, cilantro rice, citrus marinated chicken, Haas avocado guacamole and corn salsa are some of the new items that will be added to the menu.

The restaurant is known for less health-conscious late-night dining items like cheese roll-ups, volcano tacos and large nachos.  Their newest item, Doritos Los Tacos, sold over 100 million in past 10 weeks.

Taco Bell, which is comprised of over 5,600 restaurants, will roll out the new menu July 5 at a suggested $5 or less per item.

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Burger King Releases New Bacon Sundae

PR News Photo/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bacon used to be known as the deliciously greasy food that sat alongside eggs or was stuffed into a BLT. But times have changed, and the bacon trend has taken over everything from air fresheners to socks to Burger King sundaes.

Burger King’s bacon sundae has the Internet abuzz with poster sightings from a restaurant in Nashville, Tenn.  While the contents of the sundae could not be confirmed, it looks like a vanilla ice cream sundae topped with chocolate and caramel syrups and sprinkled with bacon.

GrubGrade showed posters at the same location for barbecue sandwiches, frozen lemonade and sweet potato fries.

If you’re a big fan of pork but too timid to try it in your dessert, other bacon options include bacon coffins, bacon soap or bacon lip balm.

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Burger King Expands Menu

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- On Monday, fast food giant Burger King will roll out a revamped menu.

The company has been analyzing their products over the past year and as a result their new menu will be their broadest expansion since the company started in 1954.  New products include snack wraps, frappes, smoothies and salads.

“We found that consumers wanted a broader range of menu options to complement our signature fire-grilled burgers. This expanded menu gives consumers more choices and more reasons to visit Burger King restaurants,” said Steve Wiborg, president, North America, Burger King Corp.

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Uno’s Chicago Grill Revamps Casual Dining With Healthier Options

Cynthia McFadden/ABC(BOSTON) -- Uno’s Chicago Grill, home of the original deep-dish pizza, is flipping casual dining on its head.

The idea: prepare some of the less healthy items in a more nutritious way -- like pizza with multigrain crust -- and other healthy alternatives.  As a result, the company has been recognized by Health magazine as the “Healthiest Chain Restaurant,” a surprising honor for a pizza restaurant.

Company CEO Frank Guidara told ABC's Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden they are constantly trying to upgrade the quality of what they serve.

“Every item on (our) menu has gotten a review in terms of ingredients, and they are the healthiest ingredients,” he said. “Like a French fry. Our French fries, we were the first to make them with trans fat-free oil. If you want a French fry, have Uno’s.”

“A third of all meals are eaten at casual dining restaurants,” Guidara continued. "When I joined Uno’s my attitude was casual dining restaurants are terrible.  I don’t even eat in casual dining restaurants.  Why would I take over a casual dining company?”

The bottom line answer is that “healthy” turns out to be good for business.  In fact, Uno’s had a banner year last year making $390 million dollars, says Guildara. Pizza alone is a $30 billion industry, with over three billion pies sold in the U.S. every year, according to the National Restaurant Association. That’s 46 slices a year for every person. But Uno’s is determined not to be your grandmother’s pizza joint. Its menu now features a wide array of non-pizza choices.

But despite many positive changes, the way the company deals with calories raises concerns for some customers.  Calories counts are not listed next to food items on the menus.  Guidara had kiosks installed in the front of each restaurant listing in detail all the nutritional content of each dish -- including calorie counts -- but the information is not always clear.  For example, a small cheese and tomato pizza is listed as 580 calories. However, this is actually 580 calories per serving, and there are three servings per pizza. In other words, if you eat the whole pizza, it’s over 1,700 calories.

Guidara concedes such listings may be confusing and says some changes may be needed.  But he points out the nation’s obesity problem is in part propelled by the amount some consume.  He hopes that by listing the portion sizes some customers consider sharing meals or taking portions home. In essence, he insists, it’s about providing choice.

At Uno’s, Guidara says, they want to make sure there is something healthy and tasty on the menu for everyone.

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