Dad's Diner

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Mom needs some cooking lessons!
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FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO -- After getting off of work early Saturday morning, I figured I'd take my family out to eat for breakfast. We decided to try a small Mom & Pop place called Dad's Diner, where "It's Dad's Diner, but Mom does the cooking"...

Well, I think Mom needs some cooking lessons. This was undoubtedly one of the worst breakfast's I have ever eaten. I ordered Dad's special, which constituted 2-pancakes, scrambled eggs (plural...foreshadowing), hashbrowns, and ham. I ordered a side of biscuits & gravy, since that was what I was craving in the first place.

The waitress brought out ice-cold biscuits, and a single scrambled egg. I asked the waitress on her way by if there was some mistake on the eggs. She said that it only comes with "one" egg. I said the menu stated eggs...plural. I didn't want to argue, so I said I wanted another egg, and charge me if you like.

We also didn't receive any straws with our drinks, yet all the surrounding tables were enjoying straws with their beverages. But just when I thought it might just be our table with the unsatisfactory service, I heard another table in the corner express their dismay with the cold biscuits. To the waitress's credit, she did bring us back hot biscuits, and an additional egg. The hashbrowns were borderline raw potatoes that tasted like mush. Usually, I can tolerate mediocre service if the server is taking good care of us, but she never even refilled the drinks, or even asked.

All in all, very poor service and quality of food. From a mom & pop restaurant, I was expecting higher quality and good ol' fashioned hometown hospitality, in order to compete with the larger chains.

Back to Denny's for us:)



Overall grade: D+
     
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Anonymous on 2011-11-05:
Maybe dad needs a visit from chef ramsay.
Anonymous on 2011-11-05:
Usually those mom and pop places have great food. That's too bad that this place missed the mark.
Alain on 2011-11-06:
They aren't going to win over any customers with that type of attitude and lousy food. I'll leave them off our list of eateries when visiting the 4 corners area. Good review!
madconsumer on 2011-11-06:
maybe your father would prefer a real home cooked meal made by yourself. would cost less money and would have nothing to complain about.
Tuco on 2011-11-06:
Interesting comment madconsumer. Home cooked meals are really authentic.
Nohandle on 2011-11-06:
Come on Mad. Unless you were teasing, Justice was speaking of the of the name of the restaurant. I really enjoy taking folks out for breakfast unless they just want sit in their pajamas and have coffee and a sweet roll. Everyone orders what he likes and I'm not reduced to a short order cook. Been there and done that one. lol
Anonymous on 2011-11-06:
madconsumer> My father passed away several years ago.

In our home, Saturday's are usually reserved for eating out, while Sunday's are the day we cook the big hearty breakfast at home. Regardless, this was a review about a restaurant, and not my family's eating habits.

Too often, these posts are retorted with snarky comments about the OP's health and such, when instead they should reference the issue at hand. Thanks for commenting though...
madconsumer on 2011-11-06:
then I should say, your mother would enjoy a home cooked breakfast made by you.
DebtorBasher on 2011-11-06:
I wish we had more Mom and Pop restaurants here. I always felt you got your money's worth in those places better than the commercial type restaurants and FF places. Some you win and some you lose and this place sounds like a loser to me.
Sheriff's Aunt on 2011-11-06:
I agree. I would be upset if I was served ice cold biscuits.
Anonymous on 2011-11-06:
I have only been to one locally owned breakfast joint. And the food did taste better than your standard Ihop or Denny's.

As for me I'm heading to McDonald's for 2 sausage and egg MCmuffins.
Anonymous on 2011-11-06:
Wally, pick me up a sausage egg Mcmuffin and an iced coffee. Thanks
trmn8r on 2011-11-06:
To me scrambled eggs doesn't imply any particular quantity or number of eggs. It's just scrambled eggs, and evidently the locals know what to expect.

Cold biscuts and raw hashbrowns would have ticked me off too. I wonder if mom and pop were really a mom and pop at all. I think they came into town, set up shop, and scammed everyone. They scored, and big time.
DebtorBasher on 2011-11-06:
'Scrambled Eggs' implies more than one egg. If I was going to have one egg scrambled, I'd say I was having 'A scrambled egg'...if I was having more than one egg scrambled, I'd say, "Scrambled eggs'.
trmn8r on 2011-11-06:
If mom and pop scramble your eggs to order, I would agree with you. If they have a jar of scramble eggs mix, then I wouldn't. Either way, what's your phone number?
DebtorBasher on 2011-11-06:
BUT....they are only serving you one egg.
8er, I'll make you breakfast tomorrow and show you!
trmn8r on 2011-11-06:
Women!
Old Timer on 2011-11-06:
Nice review. We stopped off for some eats in Farmington on our way back from Durango. I think it was the same place. It didn't leave any lasting great impression on me so it must have been just so-so.

If you ever find yourself in Saugus California, stop in a the Saugus Cafe. You will be very happy with a Mom and Pop Cafe again. You can have Denny's and their bad service, I always try to find the great little home grown cafe for breakfast.

Tales of the Saugus Café.
By Jerry Reynolds.
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Within the meandering boundaries of the City of Santa Clarita, only one business can claim to have been around longer than the Saugus Café — The Newhall Land and Farming Company.

The story of the restaurant began on September 1, 1887 with the dedication of the Saugus Train Station. Named for the birthplace of Henry M. Newhall in Massachusetts, the curious term is Narragansut Indian, meaning a sandy spit of land.
DebtorBasher on 2011-11-06:
Men!
Anonymous on 2011-11-06:
Old Timer> I may just take you up on that in June. *shhhh...don't tell you-know-who*
DebtorBasher on 2011-11-06:
*Basher's Vacation Alart Alarm Is Ringing*
Is someone talking about a vacation? I'm making notes for June. WOO HOO!!!
Churro on 2011-11-07:
Pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, ham and a side of biscuits and gravy??? Holy drowning in cholesterol that's not a breakfast that's a buffet. My heart hearts just reading it.

Here's the "skinny" on Breakfast in America these days. Big ugly food distributors like Sysco have successful pushed institutional food into our "mom and pop" places. Dehydrated hash browns from a milk carton, bulk pre-whipped scramby eggs in a plastic jug, heat and serve biscuits from a cardboard flat and instant home style pepper gravy from chemist's lab. You'd be surprised how many of your locally owned joints have opted for the corporate brown-n-serve easy way. Why wouldn't they? It's a lot cheaper and a lot less labor. Let's be honest, today's American will eat damn near anything as long as you grease it up and serve it in colossal quantities. Why should somebody bust their ass making real food when you can make a lot more money reheating crap off of a truck? (See Chili's, Applebees, Olive Garden, Etc...)

Good review J4A.
lexophiliac on 2011-11-07:
Do try the Heart Attack Grill next time you're in Vegas.
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