Everyone loves a good diner. When I think of diners, I think of all of the places I used to visit when I was growing up in New Jersey. I always ordered the same thing too: Bagel with cream cheese. Not sure why I always ordered that, maybe it's because the bagels were THE SIZE OF MY HEAD. I was such a carb kid.
I LOVED to sit at the counter and would beg my parents, "PLEASE can we sit at the counter?????" Sometimes I won that argument...and sometimes I didn't.
I always loved the ways diners smelled, ya know? I'm not sure if it was the bacon, or the meat loaf...but I loved it all.
Recently, we had a "paint night" at The Debary Diner...in...well, Debary, Florida...duh.
It brought back all of my memories of sitting at the counter with my family, eating breakfast and looking around at all of the people.
Rick and his wife Angie own the diner and I've had to listen to Rick claim that they have the BEST bacon ever! Ya see, Rick is....well...he's kind of my boss....ok he's a lot my boss. He's my boss OK. But, he also owns the diner and until recently, I had never been. I know, BAAAAAD employee.
You might think, OH Jill..but isn't that a conflict of interest? Well, not really since it's my blog and I can do what I want. LOL. Just kidding.
I promised I would be honest...so here it goes.
My husband had been dying to try the Cuban sandwich at the diner because well, Rick is Cuban. How can a Cuban make a horrible sandwich? My husband is a bit of a skeptic when it comes to these sandwiches. He's had them before and has been let down numerous times so he was ready to taste a homemade cuban that wouldn't disappoint.
Let's just say that he was FLOORED when the Cuban came to the table.
First of all, it was FREAKING HUGE! This is something you can have for lunch AND dinner because you will fo sho have left overs. Although, good luck with trying to stop your self from eating the entire thing with hopes that no one is watching you stuff this monstrosity down your gullet in public.
We also had southwest egg rolls with a dipping sauce that I would put on anything because it was delicious. Seriously, it should be served with everything...literally everything. Eggs, burgers, spring rolls, sandwiches, french fries, chips...you name it ...I'd dip it in this sauce.
The ceviche is definitely NOT something you would expect from a diner. It's something I would order at a 5 star seafood restaurant. They make it fresh...and it shows.
From roasted chicken and salmon wellington to frittatas, waffles and desserts...this is a diner on crack ( In a good way of course)
Angie is french trained and this diner not only meets your expectations for diner food...it goes way past it. Like, so far past it you can't even see it.
I was truly impressed. I was not expecting that level of food from a diner. I was thinking more along the lines of, "Oh yea...that tastes like diner food...ok cool."It was a nice surprise.
Imagine having to write a crappy review about your bosses restaurant.
That would suck.
Thank God the food was good.
Actually, the food was great. You can see the full menu HERE.
They gave us each a slice of cheesecake to take home since I was so stuffed I could barely fit through the door. Tell me that little puppy didn't come in handy around 9pm after a few glasses of wine. DAYUUMMMM it was good. I'm glad she only gave me one slice, because I could have easily eaten 4....or more.
OH! Did I mention they serve beer and wine? Not a server in sight let my glass go empty for longer than 60 seconds. And yes, maybe that's why I loved them so much.... and, of course, the dipping sauce.