South Florida's Ten Best Diners

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Piles of fluffy pancakes as far as the eye can see. A vinyl booth that seems to sigh as you park your exhausted, drunken ass in the seat. The waitress who lets out a "Here you go, hon" without a hint of irony in her sweet Southern drawl as she fills your cup of coffee for the fourth time in one sitting. These are the comforts of the well-worn diner and local greasy spoons. Food that is reliable and cheap -- and reliably cheap -- and wholly uncomplicated by pretension or health concerns.

You may have to drive a little farther than you would in New York, but even in a region as image- and trend-obsessed as South Florida, one can find plenty of these 24-hour, breakfast-all-day havens of hash browns and nostalgia. Here's a list of our ten favorite diners in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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10. Egg N' You Diner
Anyone who treks up and down Federal Highway near Oakland Park Boulevard knows this joint by sight alone: It looks like it's been hanging out in the same dusty spot for eons, basically because it has (it's been around since the mid-'50s). But this old-school diner has earned its hardcore greasy-spoon stripes serving mammoth portions of chili omelets, hash browns, and crispy bacon for a song. Rub elbows with Fort Lauderdale's blue-collar crowd as you tip back a never-ending cup of piping-hot percolated coffee at the long lunch counter, or lay claim to a corner booth and work on an obscene portion of biscuits and gravy in relative peace.

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9. Nick's Diner
The owners have taken such pains to capture the nostalgia of an imaginary postwar America that one practically expects to see the Fonz working the room and snapping his fingers to change the song on the diner's 1955 Seeburg jukebox. Decked out in a fit of 1950s memorabilia, this retro diner is particularly proud of its half-pound burgers, claiming "You can't beat Nick's meat." Mind out of the gutter, folks; this is good, clean, American value with nothing priced higher than $10 and a whole mess of sandwiches, hot dogs, and wraps for less than $8. The throwback vibe carries over to the menu, with fried clams, homemade meat loaf, and turkey-breast platters made with meat that's roasted on the premises.

Location Info

Peter Pan Diner

1216 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL

Category: Restaurant

Egg N You Diner

2621 N. Federal Highway, Wilton Manors, FL

Category: Restaurant

Flakowitz Bagel Inn

1999 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Green Owl Restaurant

330 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Flashback Diner

220 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Howley's

4700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Flashback Diner

220 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

84 Diner

11432 W. SR-84, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Lester's Diner

250 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Nick's Diner

1900 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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babalooo
babalooo

Andrews Diner should be in the top 10, in Oakland Park! Their food is always consistent, served super effecient, and the people who work there are great.

Chris
Chris

Peter Pan is horrible. I've been twice and had terrible service on both occasions. The food was mediocre each time, and we're not talking difficult non-diner choices. A reuban once and a greek salad the other... are you kidding me, how do you mess those up?!

Jake
Jake

Did you really include shitholes like Egg N You and Flashback but leave out OB-House and Joe's Cafe?

Richard Marcus
Richard Marcus

Omitted one of the top ten, in my opinion ... BagelWorks

GooGoo
GooGoo

 @Jake At least, for once, they left off that nasty dirty dump, The Floridian

Jake
Jake

 @GooGoo Lifefyre comments suck. It takes a week for them to load. 

 

I thought NT might be better without Barton. This is worse. They broke this article into 5 pages to get more page hits. Annoy your customers and rip off your advertisers. What an organization!

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