Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Food Dudes: Stop by the Quaker Diner for an classic breakfast

SOPHIE KATZMAN ’14
GEORGINA THERMOS ’14
STAFF WRITERS

For their last review of the semester, the Food Dudes decided to enjoy a nice American breakfast at Quaker Diner. Quaker Diner is your quintessential old-school American diner. The diner is set back on Park Road in West Hartford and has a traditional railroad-car design with a long brick building and a dome-shaped roof. When you go inside, immediately you feel as if you have been transported back in time, to the days when diner’s first came about. The layout is simple; there are just enough booths along the sides to fit a hungry crowd. The counter, lined with swivel chairs, faces green and black tile with a chalkboard and laminated papers naming the daily specials. There are shelves under the ceiling filled with trinkets to add to the homey feel. Quaker Diner is the type of place that heeds age-old regulars. The booths are large enough for families, yet they are also a comfortable place for those regulars to read their morning papers while sipping hot coffee.

Quaker Diner has been around for over eighty years. It was founded by Aristedes Bassilakis, known as “Harry,” in 1931. The diner has stayed in the family; currently the grandson of the founder owns it. Thus, it has a very dynamic family feel.

Quaker diner is as classic as a diner can get. Serving breakfast all day long, they have plenty of options to choose from. The Bassilakis family definitely knows how to do breakfast right, keeping the menu simple, but absolutely satisfying. Order your eggs any style with a side of Quaker Home Fries and toast. Egg whites are an available substitute and adding an extra egg is only $1 more! Omelets are offered and customers are encouraged to personalize them any way they like. Tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach or cheese can be added to your omelet for an extra 0.60 cents per item.

A real breakfast isn’t complete without indulging your sweet tooth. French toast and pancakes are served in portions of two or three pieces. Treat yourself and add chocolate chips, blueberries, or raspberries to your pancakes. Or, if you’re in between a sweet breakfast and still staying healthy, whole wheat French toast is also available. In addition, the menu suggests a variety of ‘Specials,’ including specialty omelets, raisin French toast, and Belgium waffles.

Georgina ordered the Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese omelet with an iced coffee. The bacon and melted cheese were cooked to perfection. The portion size was just the right amount and not too large as some modern-day diners tend to do. The home fries were cooked with a delicious seasoning to give the meal a little kick. Sophie went with her guilty-pleasure breakfast favorite: chocolate chip pancakes. The hearty and fluffy outside mixed with the melting chocolate chips was the perfect mix of savory and sweet. Paired with a warm mug of coffee, they were a nice breakfast treat.

Next time you’re not in the mood for Mather, step into town and visit Quaker Diner. The Food Dudes name this one of Hartford’s best breakfast spots! The diner is open Monday through Friday 6a.m.-2:30p.m and weekends 6a.m.-1:30p.m. A friendly reminder: they only accept cash or checks.

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