The first thing you see when you go into the Broadway Diner is the dessert case, which promises great things to come. There are cheesecakes, and chocolate mousse mice, and shortcakes and carrot cakes, and they all look delightful. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren’t we?
The Broadway Diner is a traditional steel-clad diner perched atop a hill which is itself perched above Interstate 95 at the Eastern Avenue exit.
The Broadway Diner is a traditional, old-school diner with panache and flair. It’s menu is bigger, its dishes more substantial, its variety vaster than other diners. If you can’t find something you like here, seek professional help.
Take the burgers. You can get an eight-ounce burger just about any way you can imagine it, with different kinds of cheese and toppings. There is ketchup on every table but unless you are a real traditionalist you won’t need it. Burgers come with a big pile of crisp battered fries seasoned with salt, paprika and pepper, and a little serving of cole slaw so you can tell your mother you had your vegetables.
Speaking of vegetables, the diner serves salads that are enormous and inventive. The Exotic Salad ($10.95) is greens, red onions, tomatoes and feta cheese with fresh strawherries and mangos with balsamic vinegar dressing. Delicious. The spinach salad ($9.95) is topped with tomatoes, Belgian endive, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto ham and bacon bits. Yum.
Of course you can top any of the seven salads offered with grilled chicken, salmon, steak or shrimp for a little extra.
The chicken pot pie is a real winter antidote is often on special for lunch ($7.95). You can get a Greek picnic platter several ways, with grilled chicken, tuna salad, shrimp salad, egg salad or gyro meat atop pita triangles with a small Greek salad on the side.
Or you could choose breakfast, with three-egg omelets available with home fries or with grits, plus your choice of toast and jelly, and ham, bacon, link sausage or scrapple. Try the spinach omelet ($8.20). The pancakes are fluffy, the French toast ($8.85) thick and custardy and topped with fresh strawberries.
For dinner, there are steaks, seafood, Greek specialties and more. The diner’s famous (as seen on TV!) Hungarian goulash is fork-tender cubes of braised beef in a rich red-brown sauce flavored with paprika, tomato, pepper, nutmeg and other spices, served atop soft egg noodles. It’s another winter antidote.
With vast servings of all these favorite comfort foods on the menu, it’s hard to save room for dessert. So don’t. Order some to go. We recommend the chocolate mousse mouse, which is a whimsically sweet little rodent-shaped chocolate shell stuffed with creamy chocolate mousse, with shaved chocolate whiskers and tail; or the cappuccino cake, coffee and mocha flavored cake slathered with whipped cream; or the strawberry shortcake, sweet white cake with even more cream and a single, huge glazed ripe strawberry on top.
And as you drift into that post-lunch carbohydrate-induced torpor, we wish you sweet dreams.