A diner's oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of diner fare and drinks at Crystal Fountain Cafe in Franklin Park.
Crystal Fountain Cafe, a diner-style family restaurant, boasts a menu of hearty eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Basic breakfast eggs ($3.75) pair well with other proteins, such as crisp bacon ($4.75), grilled pork chops ($7.95), or juicy skirt steak ($10.50). Like young-adult novels, flapjacks come in a variety of thicknesses and flavors that are all easily digestible, from thin strawberry crepes ($6.25) to filling banana pancakes ($5.95). For later-day meals, the reuben sandwich ($6.75) takes it to the table to fight over protein prowess with a bevy of meat-headed burgers ($5.55–$7.65 for deluxe). Carb-conscious denizens find succinct satisfaction in a variety of wraps ($6.35–$8.05) and salads ($6.15–$7.55), and dinner-sized dishes sate heartier hunger, with hand-breaded fried chicken ($7.95) and roast pork ($8.95).
Crystal Fountain Cafe rounds out any meal with adult beverages and delectable desserts. Its location near the Metra station makes it a good after-work stop for weary commuters and sentient trains.
9700 Franklin Ave.
Franklin Park, Illinois 60131Get Directions