Expect the Unexpected
Diner Fare...And Then Some
by Tim Slivinki
the word “diner” is in a restaurant’s name, it immediately
conjures up specific images and food choices. Diner 24 lives up
to those images and choices swirling in your brain, and then
delivers even more. Offering true diner fare in its extensive
menu, Diner 24 also moves beyond into choices that you might not
expect from a typical diner.
Of course, diners are known for
delivering hearty, first-rate breakfasts. The usual combination
of eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast are here, but it’s easy to
try something new. The California omelet, for example, delivers
a tasty and satisfying package of tomatoes, mushrooms,
guacamole, and cheddar jack cheese. It is a delicious, filling
start to the day. Accompanied by home fries and a warm biscuit,
all you need to add is the hot coffee, which comes with your own
small carafe for instant refills.
Early risers, those who can make it
between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., have a choice of five options
for either $3.99 or $4.99, and that includes coffee or tea.
Build your own omelet of three items for $4.99, or chow down on
a short stack of either pancakes or French toast for $3.99. It’s
tough to beat value like that.
New to the recently revamped menu are
special brunch items that are served on Saturdays and Sundays
until 2:00 p.m. Creativity shines through in these offerings. I
have fallen in love with the Huevos Rancheros: Two crispy corn
tortillas are topped with refried beans, scrambled eggs, crispy
bacon, and melted cheddar jack cheese. Sour cream and home fries
are added to the plate, and this breakfast is a mouthful of
crunchy, get your day started goodness. I try not to eat the
whole thing, but I usually always do. It’s that good.
Perhaps an order of Hippie Hash for
brunch is more to your liking. Two eggs are scrambled with
grilled chicken, onions, and tomatoes, then topped with crumbled
feta and served over hash browns. If it sounds like a lot of
food, it is. You may be taking some with you for a snack later.
It is a combination that satisfies and works, all the flavors
blending beautifully in each forkful. Other brunch offerings
include a Smoked Salmon Platter, Breakfast Quesadilla, Western
Tacos, and a Club Omelet.
If you happen to find yourself at Diner
24 for lunch or dinner, the menu has enough to make your final
choice a difficult one. In addition to the above mentioned
items, there are various combinations of burgers ranging from
the Bleu Cheese Burger to a traditional Patty Melt on grilled
rye. Sandwiches move beyond the typical grilled chicken breast
to such options as a Monte Cristo brimming with turkey and ham
to a BLT chock full of crispy bacon to a Grouben, which is a
grouper filet topped with the usual Reuben sandwich condiments.
Diner 24’s entrée selection is not just
the typical diner fare either. Try the Chicken Francese, a
sautéed chicken breast served with a white wine lemon sauce
served over pasta and mixed vegetables. It’s tender, tasty and
scrumptious. Dining with someone who has a hankering for
something with an Asian flair? He or she can try the Asian
Chicken with broccoli. It is Diner 24’s own spin on the
traditional General Tso’s Chicken. Roasted Mahi Mahi, Chicken
Parmesan, House Made BBQ Ribs are some of the other entrée
offerings that will tempt you.
Though I have not tried one personally, I
have it on good authority that Diner 24 does good old-fashioned
ice cream parlor milkshakes the best. I have seen the milkshakes
en route to other tables, and they look creamy and delicious.
One of these days my willpower will weaken and the temptation
will become a reality on my table.
Diner 24 offers something for everyone,
no matter what your craving may be at breakfast, lunch or
dinner. Service is friendly and efficient, and the booths
provide a comfortable place to sit and schmooze with friends
over some common and not-so-common diner fare.