Lucy’s Eastside Diner.
Without mincing words: I love breakfast foods. Eggs in a plethora of styles, greasy sausage and/or bacon, a (tall) short stack of pancakes, toast or waffles, hashbrowns all come to mind when I think of the foods in this genre that I like to eat. In a way, at least to me, it’s almost like comfort food. And breakfasts don’t necessarily have to be confined to the early hours of the day either. In fact, breakfast foods might even be more enjoyable late into the night as groggy senses have been given the lion’s share of the day to awaken. That being said Lucy’s Eastside Diner has a bit of a thing going for it.
Stepping into Lucy’s Eastside Diner is a bit like stepping into a time warp to the past. Vintage details meet golden oldies music in a space that harkens back to a simpler time. Even half of the neon signage outside doesn’t work, which only works to add a bit of a vibe to the place.
Sidle up to the bar for an old timey milkshake (if the machine works) or grab a table, but be prepared for a bit of a wait in the later hours of the day. The staff is friendly, if only a bit too casual. But at Lucy’s most people eat there to enjoy the experience rather than get a quick meal.
It’s a bit difficult to describe the food that’s served here. Calling the menu items ‘uniquely comfortable’ might give an inkling as to how different the food really is. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do like it will like it a lot.
I should premise the actual food portion of this blog post by saying that I came to Lucy’s with a group of people and managed to snag photos (hopefully unobtrusively) of most of the food. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to sample everything so this will be a bit of a departure from my regular blog style.
Ordering up the Three Little Pigs for myself, this dish came with three eggs benedict, flavoured with either ham, bacon or chorizo sausage. The hollandaise sauce was thick and rich and had an odd garlic infused flavour. The garlic sensation was by no means bad, but it was a bit unsettling at first. Of the three my clear favourite was the chorizo sausage which was quite a bit more flavourful than either the ham or the bacon. The deep fried hashbrowns were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside and I thought they were a nice change up from the run of the mill, and often times dry, pan fried potatoes.
Much like Cozmos Cappuccino Bar & Grill, the eggs yolks were cooked until solid which is always a bit of a downer when cutting into a benny, but those are the breaks so to speak.
Other things ordered to our table that evening included meatloaf sandwiches covered in macaroni & cheese on a hoagie bun. There was also a pulled pork version of that sandwich as well. From what I could tell, it seemed a bit difficult to eat just by the sheer size of the sandwich, but everyone managed to put their food away with gusto.
Above is a photo of a regular pulled pork sandwich, minus the macaroni & cheese, appropriately served with a scoop of house made coleslaw on top.
A monte cristo sandwich that “wasn’t up to snuff” is pictured above with another macaroni filled sandwich in the background.
A vegetarian roasted portobello mushroom burger with feta that I was told ended up being a bit on the plain side. The value didn’t seem quite there on this dish.
A smoked salmon eggs benedict also found its way to our hungry table, but this dish didn’t seem to work very well for its owner either. There was however a generous serving of hashbrowns on this plate.
Having nearly finished my own Three Little Pigs dish and still feeling a bit peckish, I did the only sensible thing and ordered a plate of the macaroni & cheese to try out. Grudgingly sharing it, I enjoyed the fact that the cheese sauce was made from scratch and that it was thick and rich. The mac & cheese was perhaps under seasoned, but that would be about the only thing I could fault it on.
As a bit of a self professed insomniac by choice (only because there just aren’t enough hours in the day), I can really get behind a restaurant that stays open at all hours of the night while serving up some serious comfort food. Lucy’s might not appeal to everyone, but because the venue is so small, it might bode well for those out there like myself who dig what they’re trying to accomplish here.
Lucy’s Eastside Diner
2708 Main Street
Bonus photo of our communal dessert afterwards. Ordered from Dairy Queen, which is only a moments walk away: