Saturday, August 31, 2013
The music doesn't actually start until 1:15 into the video, which gives them time for a cool set-up.
Have a great Saturday morning.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I've driven past this place for a decade. Finally dropped by this morning, inspired by our breakfast adventure.
Cute little place with friendly staff. Three cases of sugared, glossy, delightful pastries greet you -- haven for a sweet tooth like mine. Ten or so small tables. Free WiFi!
As I thought, this family-owned Argentinian restaurant and bakery caters very much to a Spanish speaking crowd. The menu is written in Spanish, with English translations. I love having my cultural norms flipped on me.
The churro was fresh and soft and perfectly sugared. My other pastry was filled with a dulche de leche cream. Delish and not overly sweet. I don't drink coffee and these pastries make me regret that.
I'm looking forward to coming here again for a more full experience and a virtual mini trip to South America. I'll bring my high schooler so she can practice her Spanish. It is fun to remind ourselves of the rich culture we have here in South Florida.
1000 S. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Go be a first timer. Enjoy the experience. Then become a regular if you like the fun waitresses or the location. The place is really friendly whether you are a "virgin" or not. Or just move on to another breakfast favorite because Deli Inn Diner is not going to blow you away with their food.
Great food or no, the place gets crowded! There is a line later in the morning on weekends. The place is a bit of an institution and it's fun. It has basic breakfast fare. But now that we've expanded our horizons and tried a few more breakfast places around town, we aren't big fans anymore.
Today, Sean had corned beef hash, poached eggs and home fries with coffee.
After the likes of John G's, you notice they don't put a lot of effort into their display. But Deli Inn Diner is a basic breakfast joint, not a fancy place across from the Ritz Carlton. The eggs were adequate, Sean declared the hash mediocre, the potatoes were bland, and the biscuits were a bit heavy. The biscuits are excellent when drowned in the really good sausage gravy.
The waitresses make this place. Expect some sass. They are a fun bunch, and many have worked there a long time. They do themes each day, and coordinate. Today was Harley Davidson day, so all the waitresses were wearing Harley shirts, earrings, bandanas, whatever. A few customers were on bikes, though none were Harleys. The theme we've enjoyed the most -- cause we're geeks I guess -- was the superhero day, when each waitress wears a super hero shirt, one had a small cape, and a few even had themed earrings.
Deli Inn Diner is famous for its huge muffins, which I ate once. It was kind of overwhelming, but you'll get one on your first visit. They also have an ongoing dice game -- where you pay a dollar, and roll 5 dice, hoping for a five of a kind. If you don't roll a 5 of a kind, your dollar is added to the pot. Whoever rolls that "yahtzee," wins the pot. Today it was over $800, and they added another dollar off of me!
The name has always confused me because it's not a deli, it's not an inn, but it is a diner. We often call it Deli Diner Inn.
Cash only. Don't bother with your credit cards.
1494 S Military Trail,
West Palm Beach, FL
Deli Inn Diner
Some breakfast places in Florida have amazing views of the ocean, or at least are convenient to the beach.
Some breakfast places are retro, kitschy diners, where the decor and experience is what matters most.
Some breakfast places are foodie heaven, with freshest ingredients and master chefs and innovative meals.
Some breakfast places specialize in being neighborhood, regular spots, where the waitresses know your name and the menu doesn't change, where the comfort of the familiar when you're only half awake is a highlight.
A few places are able to do more than one of these well. They are gems.
What makes a breakfast place a great place depends on what your priorities are.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Now let's talk about the decor. Nick's is retro-styled in a black-and-white, heavy on the chrome and neon and Formica style that Hollywood tells us all diners looked like in the '50s. You've seen this diner in that movie, you know, the one you can't think of the name, but it stars that girl, you know the one. And that dude. Yeah, that one.
Anyway, you can check out a photo at Nick's website: Nicks50diner.com.
The diner has been around for 25 years. So we have a '50s-style diner, 25 years in the biz, you might think that the menu would be old and stale as well. Such a line of thinking would be incorrect. Just look at the breakfast menu on the back page of the big menu ...
You can see offerings including "Hangover Deluxe," "Sloppy Tex Mex", and "Cuban Egg Sandwich" that I'm pretty sure weren't offered in diners back in the '50s. This is a very good thing.
My point is the familiar retro blandness of Nick's decor might lead people to underestimate its food. I think such people are in for a pleasant surprise.
I'd say that Nick's offers dishes to please any palate, from people who just want two eggs and a big cup of shut up, to people who want an omelette that would choke a goat and friendly staff to talk to you while you gobble it down.
With that in mind, on with the food ...
I had a "Shepherd's Pie Omelette," which was pretty much a slice of shepherd's pie wrapped in egg and covered with string fries. Yum-yum.
The biscuit that came with it was flaky, golden brown, and delicious. I also ordered bacon, because, hey, bacon! And it was done just right, not over- or undercooked.
The coffee was good and hot, just the way it should be.
I was telling my husband four hours later, that I rate a breakfast place not only on the immediate pleasure of the eating experience, but also on the length of time of feeling satisfied. And now here at lunch time, I am all, nah, I'll skip. then I remembered the biscuit which I brought home with me... that was my lunch. Mmmm, mmmm. It could've been better warm. I should've heated it a bit.
Pam had the most interesting breakfast creation. She ordered two eggs over medium, plus rye toast and hash browns. Then she put grape jelly on the toast, and put the eggs between the toast, and ate it like a sandwich. She swears it was good. Her egg yolks were wee bit runny, but definitely not watery as can sometimes happen with eggs over easy. I am totally ordering my eggs like this from now on... but I'll skip the jelly and rye.
Ellie, our daughter, is ambivalent to breakfast other than bacon. Nick's was totally willing to accommodate that, and made her a grilled cheese sandwich ... with bacon on it. She said it was scrumptious and "baconlicious." But she didn't eat her crusts because they were too crispy. She also ordered her customary hot chocolate which she described as very hot, but very good.
Turning it back over to Sean:
The wait staff was generous with the coffee refills, and checked back on us regularly. The food came quickly and we were out of there in half an hour. I didn't feel rushed; it's just that things went so smoothly.
Memorable note: You get all this and free wifi. Really, what's not to like?
Worth a Return Visit?
I want to go back and try the Sloppy Tex Mex. I can see it as a place where I might sit at the bar with endless coffee refills, stoking up on caffeine and surfing the web until I vibrate right off my seat.
1900 Okechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
Also, bacon! Mmmm .... bacon.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Friendly, fast service. Extra bonus points to the waitress, because I asked her if I should get the gravy on the Farm Style Omelette, and she said, "oh, yeah!"
I wanted to check out the bathroom. I asked for directions and was told to "pardon the construction," and headed toward the back. But one of the old sailors got up and moved ... very slowly ... toward the bathroom at the same time. I decided to not go, because if he can survive a ship sinking, his balls are probably so big there's not enough room in the bathroom for me.
1717 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, FL
Trip Advisor link: Sande's
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
6169 S Jog Rd Ste C10
Lake Worth, FL 33467
I had two eggs over easy and potatoes. Standard, yummy, not expensive. Plus an absolutely fabulous yummy chocolate chip muffin. Mmmm.
I did not try the bagels... this time.
Bagel Break Deli
Sean and I came here for breakfast and loved it.
On this Saturday, we took our friends Barbara and Jerry.
Sean and Jerry had the spinach, tomato, feta omlettes. They cleaned their plates.
Barbara tried the classic eggs and potatoes breakfast, plus biscuit and gravy... is that what's it called? It didn't work for her. Unusual flavor reminded her of curry which she's not fond of. Sean and Jerry tried it and said it was okay, but not a favorite.
I had a florentine benedict. Florentine benedict was great. I sometimes shy away from benedicts because they can be drowning in cloying sauce, but this was served with light hand and was yummy.
I also got sweet potato fries, which is usually a later meal type food, but they'll cook them up fresh for breakfast and they are great. We shared those.
Unusual eclectic art work for sale on the walls.
Memorable for the art work, and kitchiness, and tattooed waiters.
Sean's review of our first breakfast visit: Corned beef hash, poached eggs, biscuit, and sweet potato fries.
4700 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
We weren't impressed. Now that we are seeking out cool, recommended eateries, the Green Owl did not really hold its own. It's on cool, funky Atlantic Ave in Delray which is full of great restaurants trying all sorts of innovative and/or trendy ideas. Green Owl hasn't changed in decades. And it shows. They should take some tips from Howleys in West Palm Beach on how to be retro but still cool and innovative. Retro isn't enough if the food is meh.
Also what diner doesn't serve biscuits? Hello?
Also retro: Cash only. Conveniently there's a bank with an ATM across the street.
330 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with broccoli, mushrooms and cheddar cheese, with a side of home fries and toast.
It was good but a little bland. Luckily, there is Tabasco sauce right at the table, so problem solved. This is a very cool place, if one judges by decor.
The prices are reasonable, but not cheap. The service was friendly, but wasn't fast. That's okay, I wasn't in a hurry. and they have wifi that has no password, so huzzah! They need more spice in their food and more onions and peppers in their potatoes. Still, well worth a trip, especially if you're starting a day in Delray.
263 NE 2nd Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444