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 traditional diner fare at Jack's Café in Sparks.
Having mastered the nuances of bacon and the dark art of coffee, Jack's Café whips up a full menu of traditional American breakfast and lunch fare. Familiar breakfast standards are served all day long and include the Works belgian waffle, with heaps of strawberries and whipped cream perched like sugary gargoyles atop fresh waffles ($8.99). Heartier morning fare includes the chicken-fried steak and eggs ($8.89) and the original Joe's scramble, a drool-inducing jumble of two scrambled eggs and ground beef with spinach, onions, mushrooms, two cheeses, and a side of home fries ($7.99). Diners that insist on holding grudges against breakfast for stealing all the best cartoon tigers can opt for comforting lunch fare, such as the grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich ($6.99) or the creamy clam chowder, which dazzles bowls every Friday.
The scene is a classic American diner: uniformed waitresses walk past rows of booths, pausing to refill coffee mugs and set down towering stacks of pancakes. Large, sunlit booths provide parents and kids with a venue to converse or sign a treaty that finally ends bitter remote-control battles. Behind the service window, cooks bustle about the kitchen, whipping up generous portions of biscuits and gravy, three-egg omelets, and Mexican-inspired specialties—including chilaquiles, eggs with chorizo, and giant breakfast burritos. Come lunchtime, kitchen staffers turn their attention toward hearty burgers, hot specialty sandwiches, and chicken-fried steaks.