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Home Cookin at The Diner

So when we got hungry enough for a proper meal, we walked up and down the main strip some more, looking for just the right place. And where did we end up? The Diner, which is a sister restaurant to Tryst and practically next door. So basically, we just took a nice long pre-dinner walk. The Diner is just as it sounds, a diner. They’re open 24-hours and serve standard diner fare. There’s disco balls though and a kick-ass soundtrack.
We both went with old school homey dishes. J got meatloaf. This was good meatloaf. There was a spice in there I could not identify, but it made it even better.

I got the turkey platter. This was just what I needed. My stomach had been upset so I wanted something fairly tame. So turkey and mashed potatoes was just what I needed. They grilled the turkey a little bit, and that made it taste even better. It didn’t come with enough gravy for my liking, and we had a slight water spill which took even more of the gravy away, but that was ok. It was still great. The turkey was served on top of 4 pieces of bread. And it wasn’t just crap plain white bread either (even though I love plain white bread) it was really lovely and dense sourdough bread.

Service was fine. Our waiter looked just like the dude from Office Space who ends up in the full body cast and makes the jump to conclusions mat. But bigger. It was uncanny. Unlike most diners, this place serves booze! So you can get your drink on with your meatloaf.

Diner on Urbanspoon

Denny’s? Really?

Yes, seriously, Denny’s. Looka here, when you’re driving around SEATAC, there’s pretty much nothing to eat. And I mean nothing! We just needed a snack.
A with her chocolate shake.
Denny’s hash brown. Don’t any of you poo-poo this. I love me some denny’s hash browns.
I also got the caramel apple crisp a la mode. I was wavering between this and cheesecake and our super friendly server recommended this. Dude, it was so good. And now, I promise not to go to a Denny’s again for another 5 years.

Astoria Diner

The Astoria Family Restaurant. When we got there on a Sunday afternoon (early), the place looked closed. There were barely any cars. I really thought the place wasn’t open. But alas, it was open. There were maybe 2 other parties there.

All R wanted was an omelette with a tiny bit of cheese and some hash browns. First, she got this mixed up hash, which had scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions and peppers, ham, and tons of cheese all mixed in. She couldn’t eat it, and asked for an omelette with peppers and onions and ham and a bit of cheese with a side of hash browns. Round 2, she got the hash browns on the side, but the omelette was still a jumbled mess, with tons of cheese on top. She barely ate this too. The waitress was super sweet though, and offerred to send it back again, but two attempts is enough, no? She just picked at it for awhile.

I wasn’t that hungry, so I just had pie and a shake. The shake was good, the pie was a bit too sweet. Ok, would I eat here again? Um… if I had a choice, not really. But I’m sure I’ve had worse.

Astoria Family Restaurant

234 W Johnson Hwy
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 272-1148

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