Who makes home-made Yankee Pot Roast for you? Before you think about the great cooks among your family and friends, rest assured that we make this seasonal favorite. And we add savory potato pancakes that are perfect for that pot roast gravy. It's another of our classics from the New York / New Jersey diner tradition. Come on over and stay a while.
Oh sure, at first glance a waffle may look plain, but that's because it's awaiting your personal instructions. You know how it goes: We take the piping-hot waffles and we smother them in fresh strawberries and cream. Or chocolate sauce. Or we add a dollop of ice cream. Or you slather it with butter and syrup. American style, Belgian style, your style. There's no such thing as a plain waffle -- unless you just decide on one particular day that plain is what you want!
Oh, and feel free to get your waffle fix more or less at any time of day. We serve breakfast all day, so if you want breakfast as lunch or breakfast as dinner, we've got you covered. Goes great with coffee and a big smile. Did you prepare waffles at home in a particular or unusual way? Tell us about it, when you visit!
As we look around us during this Fourth of July holiday, there's a lot that has changed in America. And a lot that endures because it stands the test of time. Your classical neighborhood diner is one of those timeless things, and we're grateful to serve our friends and neighbors here in Tequesta and throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. Whether you know our wait staff by name or whether you're just passing through town, we're honored to have you.
Of course, we don't carry on our duties alone. Each day we are building on decades of New York and New Jersey diner culture. "New Jerseyans would argue that they reside in the true homeland of diner culture (more than 600 still operate in the Garden State)," says writer Patrick Sisson in this article on Curbed.
Who are we to argue his numbers? We already know, 'cause we're from New Jersey ourselves. If you take a look at our menu, you'll know. It's the real deal: page upon page of classical diner food, comfort food, and contemporary favorites. Who's gonna serve you a real Rueben Sandwich, a juicy burger with a slice of diner dill, a roast beef open-faced sandwich, or spaghetti with meatballs? Large salads and fish specials? You know who.
So you're at the diner and you want something old school. Well, you're in luck, because we've got old school covered in seemingly countless ways. And you're thinking sandwiches. And you're thinking corned beef or pastrami. Hey, what are those, anyway?
Here's a good explanation. In that article, Alison Spiegel does a great job of explaining the where and why of these two classics. Take note. And do let us know how you like yours. Want a little extra mustard? On the side? How about some Thousand Island dressing? Does that come with sauerkraut? Talk to us. We speak old school.
Many don't call their morning complete until they enjoy a cup of joe. Do you like two cups? Do you like extra sugar? Extra cream? The diner has got you covered.
See this article by Julie R. Thomson on why diner coffee is better than fancy coffee. We gotta agree. If you want an espresso coffee, we got that, too. And your classic brewed coffee is made fresh throughout the day. Both regular and decaffeinated. By the way: Do you know why orange is the color of the carafe for decaff coffee? Most of all, diner coffee is part of the experience. You're not just sipping a beverage, you're participating in a slice of Americana that's greater than all of us. Come on over -- and join us on this journey.
Did you know? New York City once had thousands of diners, but now there's only about 215 remaining. These figures and more are presented in a thoughtful article by the British newspaper, The Guardian.
The numbers might be news to you, but you're probably not surprised. Times change. And so do big cities. Some traditions, however, are worth preserving -- and that's the mindset that we bring to our big menu at Time to Eat Diner. Basically, we offer the favorites and the diner classics, along with a good number of contemporary dishes. From our point of view, this is more than food; it's culture.
The article (linked above) includes images from photographer Riley Arthur. “In a fast-moving city I think many feel comfort in these decades-old institutions that have stood the test of time,” she says, in reference to diner culture.
We couldn't agree more. One of the best experiences we can have is when people look at our menu and say, "Oh my gosh; that's my favorite!" (often a Monte Cristo sandwich, a BLT, a Reuben, a Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs, turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, and other classics).
It's good to be the New York and New Jersey diner in Florida. Especially when the originals up North are dwindling in number. Don't you worry, Folks. We ain't goin' nowhere.
The Monte Cristo sandwich has been an American classic for generations, and it's a regular favorite here at Time to Eat Diner. Believe it or not, this tasty creation actually has roots in France (go ahead and look up the French sandwich called "Croque Monsieur").
Imagine ham and cheese between thin slices of bread. You whip up a batter of egg and whole milk -- and soak the entire sandwich with this light batter mix. Then pan fry the sandwich in butter. Delicious! And more than just taste, is the texture. This classic diner sandwich is crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. You won't soon forget it.
Ms. Kimberly Vardeman impressed us with her artistic photo, above; original here.
Our customers are coming and going -- and sharing with us their day-to-day lives. We love hearing what you folks are up to. Couples, families, singles, residents, tourists, younger and older. There's lots to do.
We like the effortless style in this article by Amy Woods over at Jupiter Magazine. Take a detour from the usual: make up your own sort of adventure, this article seems to be saying. This got us thinking about the fun advice suggested by one of our long-time customers.
And here it is: If your Saturday evening adventure is going well past midnight, you might want to pop in for breakfast. Time to Eat Diner opens at 7:00 am on Sunday morning. Whether you just got up or whether you never quite went to bed last night, we're here with a large breakfast menu and your favorite way to do coffee.
It's a classic diner tradition up in New York and New Jersey (just like round diner stools at the counter). And we're glad to carry the torch here in the Tequesta / Jupiter / Palm Beach region. Whatever you're up to in our greater neighborhood, be safe and have fun.
A couple enjoys a milkshake in a fancy "footed" glass. Photograph by Kevin Simpson.
Did you know that the milkshake is more than 100 years old? In fact, the universe of milkshakes includes a lot more than the drinks which are popular today. Consider your Malts, Frappes, Cabinets, and even the Concrete. You might want to "Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle."
The history of the milkshake is a kaleidoscope of populist foodie culture -- and one where the classic American diner has played an essential role. If it's comfort food or steeped in nostalgia, chances are an authentic diner has got you covered.
Here at Time to Eat Diner, we still scoop the ice cream by hand and use an old-style mixer to achieve just the right consistency. A good milkshake is neither too thick nor too thin! Will you share yours with that somebody special? Or will you keep it all to yourself?
How do you know where you're going if you don't know from where you've come? We care a lot about the classic American diner, and we're always excited to see how folks curate and share this unique cultural history.
For example, take this article in Smithsonian Magazine. You'll find details of how the classic American diner got started, and you'll discover some of the personalities behind those who honor this history, today.
Most of all, we love the photographs. They tell us how people and food came together around a sense of community. Good article.
Here are some of our favorite foods and stories. We look forward to serving you!