TV Deli Diner’s kitchen is busy every meal of the day—it serves heaps of pancakes for breakfast, hearty hot sandwiches for lunch, and sirloin steaks for dinner. In preparation, they bake their breads fresh daily and whip up all soups and sauces from scratch. Their specialty soup: the Reuben, which puts the bold flavor of the famous sandwich into liquid form so you can sneak it into the ballpark in a waterbottle.
Weekly specials include lobster bisque to special golden margaritas on Mondays. For dessert, you can savor scooped ice cream and baked pies, but the restaurant is best known for its gourmet apples during the holidays, a decadent treat dipped in caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The diner also offers catering and has gift certificates available.
Monroe Street Diner charms its visitors, including former presidential candidate Bob Dole, with an atmosphere built around comforting kitsch as well as a menu of all-day breakfasts, meaty sandwiches, and burgers. A colorful array of more than 60 clocks donated by loyal customers peppers the walls, allowing diners to accurately referee ham-and-cheese-omelet-eating contests ($6.55) or beat a personal best while packing away steak with three eggs, home fries, and toast ($5.15). Fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($4.55) add a touch of syrupy sweetness to meals, and thick bacon cheeseburgers ($6.85) and tangy turkey reubens ($5.75) lay the foundation for a hearty lunch. Monroe Street Diner hearkens back to the glory days of dinerdom with ‘50s-themed meals such as the valens' favorite ($6.05)—spaghetti and meat sauce—while kids chow down on creamy grilled cheeses sided with fries ($4.35).
O-Deer Diner is so dear to owner Rick Ruffner’s heart that he created the name using the first initial of each member of his family. The diner serves a small menu of house-made soups, hot dogs, and sandwiches, but the place is best known for its premium soft-serve ice cream, which swirls into specialty sundaes beneath hot fudge, chopped candy bars, and whipped cream. Like any good neighborhood diner, O-Deer places great importance on community involvement: the eatery hosts Santa Claus and collects canned goods around the holidays, participates in parades, and supplies pitchforks to chase the town Frankenstein.
"To make a long story short, you couldn't get a good Coney Island here," owner Kim Bredow said in an interview in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus when describing her father's motives for first opening Coney Joe's in Brighton. "So, in 1972, he got some used equipment and started selling Coney Islands for 50 cents and pop for 25 cents. That was that." Forty years later and counting, founder Joe Axtin's progeny still hawk these chili-covered dogs, made with natural casing, along with quarter-pound burgers crafted with fresh beef or turkey procured from the local Marv's Meats. Buns also hold a selection of grilled sandwiches, and paper baskets cradle fries, onion rings, or deep-fried Easter eggs.