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.
Virtually every type of sandwich under the sun can be found on the menu at Marko’s, which has a Sandwich Celebration section cataloguing classic sandwiches ranging from grilled cheese to BLTs. Half-pound Black Angus patties are served up solo or double up under layers of mushrooms or chili, and warm pitas bundle up fillings such as gyro meat or chicken lavash. Marko’s specializes in half-pound sandwiches piled with ham or corned beef, which can be upgraded with sides such as coleslaw, soup, fries, or edible sandwich clamps.
When Food Network was searching for an indulgence to add to its Top Five program, a visit to Bomber Restaurant was a no-brainer. The draw was the eatery's famous Bomber Breakfast?four eggs, one pound of potatoes, and one pound of meat?the ingestion of which quells even the biggest appetites. Though not as massive, the rest of Bomber's breakfast options certainly cater to heartier appetites as well. Dishes range from skillets of layered American fries topped with bacon and cheese to "nature lovers" pancakes chock-full of blueberries, raspberries, and pecans, rather than just fallen leaves.
Besides breakfast, Bomber's cooks whip lunchtime treats ranging from reuben sandwiches to 1/4-pound hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. These veritable feasts unfold inside a cozy dining room adorned with military memorabilia that recalls the restaurant's name, including historic photographs and 24 model planes hanging from the ceiling.
Patchwork linens that hug tabletops, a blackboard listing the days? specials, and the aroma of barbecue welcome guests into Saline Downtown Diner. The whiffs of barbecue come from the kitchen?s slow-smoked and slow-cooked pork, salmon, beef brisket, and ribs slathered in four different barbecue sauces, including a spicy Louisiana Bayou Bite and a Midwest Sweet sauce. Meaty entrees pair with homemade sides, such as bread-and-butter pickles and creamy three-cheese mac 'n' cheese. Chefs also make other classic diner dishes, which range from eggs benedict and pancakes to burgers, along with pasties, baked pastries filled with meat and vegetables.
"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.
Like any good diner, Cozy's is known for its breakfast. However the cooks put a new spin on early-morning favorites. They fry up three-egg omelets with a diverse mix of ingredients, from classic combinations such as green peppers and ham to more inventive gyro meat and corned beef and swiss pairings. Even their pancakes get a bit of a makeover--chefs stuff signature griddlecakes with a blend of eggs and meat, or they update the basics with fruit or chocolate chips. There are also many diner favorites to be found beyond breakfast, such as patty melts topped with grilled onions and gooey swiss cheese, homemade pizza, and chicken Philly sandwiches.