It has now been three years since the company owned by David Davoudpour bought Shoney's with the aim of turning the chain around. There are now less than 300 restaurants, down from a peak of about 1,000 about 1983. They are now only located in a swath from Maryland to New Mexico. The market leaders in its category are IHOP, Denny's, Cracker Barrel, and Bob Evans.
There haven't really been any reviews of Shoney's in the last few years here on RF. Mr. Davidpour did shake up management and new menus have been introduced. I probably have not been in a Shoney's in 6 or more years. I usually had breakfast there, because they were close to the motels I was staying at. By the luck of the draw, I mostly ate at early, run down, dilapidated ones that eventually closed. What I liked about them was the breakfast buffet, for I could have a few more strips bacon that what you would get with a set breakfast without paying for an expensive side order.
If you look at the price point of chains like Shoney's, you shouldn't expect to get great meals. At least in the past, they served what I called at the time "institutional food". Isn't one of the purposes of this site and the books to tell you about places that enable you to get great food cheap? You probably are not going to pay much more than going to Perkin's, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Denny's, Friendly's, and the 2 or 3 Howard Johnson's still open.
Perhaps we could get a few more reviews from folks who have eaten at Shoney's recently.
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