Breakfast is awesome. There’s really no other way to put it. There’s nothing like a huge well-rounded breakfast chased by a cup of diner coffee. Typically, I like to make massive breakfasts on the weekend with all of the things I like, the way I like them, since diner breakfasts are not always what you expect. The eggs might be too runny, the coffee too watered down, or you just can’t get the combo you want without spending more than ten dollars, which, if you ask me, is a little ridiculous. Read our take on three area diners and their strong points.
Lester’s- The Classic
250 W State Rd 84
Most Ft. Lauderdalians, especially those that drink, probably know this joint. It’s open 24 hours, and pretty much a staple, having been around for forty plus years. The staff is friendly and fast, the place is huge so nine times out of ten you won’t have to wait a long time for a table, and the extensive menu has all the items you’d expect from a diner. Lester’s got atmosphere, coffee, and attentive servers; all the things a classic diner should have yet oftentimes don’t, and, bonus, it’s clean and the food is fresh.
A scrambled veggie omelette with peppers and onions, hash browns and toast will set you back about $8. The pancakes are rich, fluffy, and filling, and run about $5 for two big ones with butter and syrup. A breakfast like this will easily keep you full for a good part of the day. Add coffee and conversation and you’re all set for a great day : )
Tip: Go here for breakfast foods or sandwiches, not dinner. Order the “salsa” at your own risk.
Egg N You– The Standard
2621 N Federal Hwy
Egg N You is another Ft Lauderdale breakfast institution, perhaps one of the oldest, opened over 50 years ago. They carry various breakfast combos, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, french toast, hot and cold sandwiches, and burgers. The place is a favorite of many, but you might need to know what to order before you go. Your standard two eggs, bacon, hash browns, and biscuits is only $3.25 before tax and comes out pretty much how you’d expect. They have blueberry pancakes for $4.75, also available whole wheat. Their veggie omelette, however, can better be described as an Asian veggie omelette, with broccoli, snow peas, and shredded carrots folded in. A fluke, perhaps? Hopefully? I think it’s safe to say that although Egg N You may be a few bucks cheaper than other diners, you might find you’ll get what you pay for.
Grampa’s Bakery– Where The Little Things Count
17 SW 1st St
Grampa’s Bakery may have recently gotten a little boost in fame from Food Networks’ Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, but this local favorite has been firing up the griddle since 1957. In addition to serving breakfast, they also have lunch and dinner, and act as a full-fledged bakery making cookies, pies, cakes, breads, and pastries on site. Homemade pastries, such as a cheese danishes, cinnamon twists, or sticky buns (pictured) are served with most breakfasts.
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