When he was a kid, Dave Harmon would watch his mom make dinner. Little Dave was so attentive, and so interested in the way she sliced, diced, and saut?ed, that he swiftly developed culinary skills of his own. In fact, he was helping out in the kitchen before he even turned 5, the age when most spatula hands start growing in. Dave grew up to be a professional chef, and after working in other people's restaurants for more than 10 years, he finally opened his own: Super Dave's Diner. The eatery is a community-oriented space, and its menu reflects geographic pride in the form of signature Southern favorites: hickory-smoked ribs, cracked conch, and Louisiana-style fried catfish join the likes of George collard greens and from-scratch mac and cheese.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sundy House tempts diners with a menu of seasonal fusion cuisine served in an intimate indoor/outdoor dining area overlooking lush gardens. Appetizers, such as the pork belly seared with maple-soy glaze, tantalize taste buds, and crisp salads, including a toasted pistachio, heart of palm, and red-oak lettuce creation, can be glued to diners' faces to create seamless forest camouflage. A hefty entree of filet mignon arrives at tables emblazoned with grill marks and served alongside foie gras butter and a fingerling potato cake, and Mountain River wild-boar tenderloin accompanies a smattering of sautéed brussels sprout leaves and pickled apples. Diners can cleanse palates between bites, courses, or acts of a Shakespearean play with sips of red or white house wine.
Far more versatile than your everyday bacon-and-eggs joint, Lemon Tree Cafe serves each meal of the day with aplomb. However, breakfast may still manage to steal the spotlight. Inside the unpretentious dining room, guests can cut into stacks of buttermilk or Oreo-flecked flapjacks at any hour, even steak o'clock. The menu also has a huge array of omelets, sandwiches, and a special section dedicated to healthy choices?plates that clock in at 500 calories or less. Come dinner time, the kitchen preps fresh seafood, pan-tossed pasta dishes, and shepherd's pie.
Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.
Pappas Restaurant's epicurean owners craft hearty meals from family recipes, which entice palates from a mouthwatering menu of traditional Greek and American dishes. Regional Greek specialties such as a flaky chopped-meat-and-eggplant moussaka ($9.95) square off in a fight for diners’ affection against italian vegetable lasagna ($9.95). Lunch-farers satiate stomachs with coleslaw- flanked corned beef and pastrami sandwiches ($8.95) or gyro platters ($7.95), which excite incisors more easily than a piñata made out of pita bread. Dinner-feasters can tuck into Hungarian goulash with tender beef, vegetables, and savory sauce over a noodle bed ($11.95).
Moonlite Diner transplants stomachs into the middle of a 1950s high-school date or a Norman Rockwell painting, with hearty platters of comfort food and sleek red and white décor. Tucked within a streamlined dining-car exterior, munching molars can grind up selections from Moonlite Diner's massive menu. Rev up for a day of lifting steam engines and rescuing Roombas from trees with the body builder, which stuffs an egg-white omelette with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, and mushrooms ($9.99). Midday noshers can anchor incisors in a bevy of sandwiches such as the grilled tuna melt, where tuna salad, tomato slices, and a hearty duo of swiss and american cheeses bridge the gap between two pieces of grilled rye ($8.99). Comforting portions of homemade meatloaf snuggle up with sides of warm smashed potatoes, veggies, and brown gravy for an evening treat ($12.99), and Moonlite's smattering of burgery delights sates appetites anytime. Cool off after a marathon meal by slurping down a sundae or splashing your face with a milkshake.