TOP FIVE OLD-FASHIONED DINERS IN POMPANO BEACH, DEERFIELD BEACH & LIGHTHOUSE POINT
POMPANO BEACH & DEERFIELD BEACH RESTAURANTS: Sometimes one just feels like comfort food — an old-fashioned chocolate milkshake, a cheesy tuna melt, a juicy burger or Reuben. Classic diners are a fun choice for revisiting simpler times with tasty food, good company and a relaxed atmosphere. These are our top five picks for old-fashioned diners in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Lighthouse Point.
438 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 | http://www.nelsonsdinerpompano.com | 954-785-3646 | Hours: Monday – Friday 6am to 3pm; Saturday 7am to 2:30pm; Sunday closed
Nelson’s diner, which was just purchased by the owners of Galuppi’s, is a cute, hole-in-the-wall 50s diner with Elvis memorabilia on the walls, baseball flags on the ceiling, friendly servers and classic red vinyl booths.
2. LESTER’S DINER
If you haven’t heard of Lester’s Diner than you have probably been living under a rock. Lester’s has been a staple in South Florida since the opening of the first restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 1967. Set in 50s-themed décor, the family-owned and operated chain is a classic American eatery with a home-town vibe. The bakery makes ENORMOUS cakes and eclairs, while the menu has a huge variety of both the classic diner eats, plus some Greek inspired dishes like gyros.
3. OLYMPIA FLAME
80 S. Fed Hwy, Deerfield Beach FL 33441 | http://olympiaflamediner.com/olymp/ | 954.480.8402 | Monday – Saturday 7:00AM to 10:00PM • Sunday 7:00AM to 3:00PM
Informal, family-owned diner offering American, Greek & Italian specialties, plus beer & wine. Olympia Flame also serves breakfast all day long. Large booths, a spacious dining room and ample parking are all perks.
4. RED FOX DINER
2041 NE 36th Street Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 | http://www.redfoxdiner.com | 954-783-7714 | Open every day Sunday–Saturday: 6am–2pm
This home town diner in Lighthouse Point is a place where everybody knows everybody, and usually by first name. There is a real sense of community it at this diner. It has been a tradition in Lighthouse Point for more than 50 years. Almost always packed, this local favorite serves breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, platters, salads, comfort food and daily specials. Of all the wonderful food, the Point! Publishing staff always gravitates toward Red Fox’s yummy salads. Also…Red Fox Diner offers free delivery in Lighthouse Point.
5. JUKEBOX DINER
The Jukebox Diner transports you to the 1950s with tons of retro decor, bright yellow vinyl bar stools and a homey vibe. The food earns much praise, including this review from Diana L. from Pompano Beach on Yelp: “Something delicious for everyone! Veggie burgers and fresh spring salads, Swiss cheese mushroom burger, Irish Benedict with perfectly poached eggs and delicious hollandaise, fluffy Spanish omelette (add ham) covered with salsa- sour cream-cheddar cheese, blueberry pancakes, croissant with scrambled egg and bacon, homemade meatloaf, Thanksgiving Turkey dinner, freshly baked muffins, crumb cake, and finish off with Italian iced and ice cream. Friendliest owners treat us like family, refills before you can notice you need it, servers always checking in with a smile, and good pricing makes this our family favorite!”
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