Thursday, 12 April 2012
Diners are found in every city or town across America. They fashion a certain look and behold a menu that you come to expect when visiting a new diner. I have eaten at good and bad diners, but only one sits at the top of my list. When you visit the College Park/University of Maryland area please bypass Plato's Diner and drive farther north on route 1 until you hit the College Park Diner.
The diner is half the size and not as fancy as Plato's Diner, but they sure can cook great diner food. I evaluate a diner by the quality of food, price, service, their country fried steak and hash browns. A breakfast without good hash browns loses all credibility for me. The College Park Diner scores an A+ in my book.
Without tip, a country fried steak meal costs $8.75. The appeal about eating out for breakfast is that it has always been cheaper than dining out for dinner. In recent years, certain breakfast places have significantly raised their prices, lessened their meal quality, and skimped on their portions. I'm not the kind of person who attempts to stuff himself, but I believe in a nice large breakfast to stock up energy for the day. Also, a good breakfast helps rejuvenate me after a long and tough night.
Looked a Little Like This Plus Biscuits
During my last visit to the College Park Diner, I ordered the country fried steak. Within ten minutes, my meal arrived steaming hot with a sizable piece of country friend steak topped with creamy gravy, a large portion of crispy hash browns, two eggs sunny side up, and two griddle buttered biscuits all piled onto one plate. It was an ideal meal. I devoured the hash browns, steak, and mopped up the left over gray and eggs yolks with the delicious biscuits.
When I find good diner food, I never forget the place.
Do you have a good diner near you?