Had lunch with Erik M at the Edgebrook Diner last week, a great little diner in my general neighborhood that I somehow did not notice change hands. Last time I was the Edgebrook Diner it was a sweetly slow as molasses breakfast place run by a slightly gruff, but seemingly kind hearted, older lady who's entire repertoire consisted of eggs, toast and coffee. Bacon was available if her husband was on the grill and, if he was in a good mood, you could get hash browns as well.
The old Edgebrook Diner had bare walls and was an old style diner of a particular type. From what I understand I missed the complete tenure of the next owner who sold to the current owners, whoever coined the phase all change is for the worse had not been to both the old and new Edgebrook Diner. [smile]
Edgebrook Diner is a bustling place, stools lining an L shaped counter, walls loaded with and memorabilia, including a somewhat incongruous picture of Fabio, and a slightly kitschy feel, which at first blush feels slightly LEY contrived, but actually is just the personality of both the place and owners shining through.
The food, how about the food? Perfect, no kidding, perfect diner food. Not only does each dish look as if it ready for a Saveur photo shoot, but it tastes damn good. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about upscale Trotterized diner food, just eggs, hash browns and sausage, pancakes or waffles with fresh strawberries, sandwiches and a few blue plate specials. Typical diner food, done with care, fresh as a daisy ingredients and served with an eye to detail.
Erik had a patty melt, which he kindly let me taste, good quality burger and cheese with rye bread and griddled to just the right degree to melt the cheese and crisp the rye bread. The fries served on the side were also quite good, crisp and greaseless. I had the Blue Collar, which consisted of a spilt Polish sausage grilled, layered with nicely caramelized onions and served with two perfectly cooked eggs hash browns and toast. I asked if I could sub a biscuit and grits for the hash browns and toast, no problem at all.
Edgebrook Diner has all the standards, hot open faced turkey sandwich with gravy, Cathy2's favorite of the Ruben and even home-made pie for Mike G and Vital Info. Erik and I even inquired if they served chocolate phosphates, the answer being yes. Finally someplace, closer than Jakes in Milwaukee, to get a chocolate phosphate and a corned beef, which Edgebrook Diner also has on the sandwich menu. Actually about the only dineresque item Edgebrook does not serve is Dave Hammond's River Forest Gill's burger with a side of contempt. [smile]
I have been back once for breakfast since my visit with Erik, had eggs, sausage and hash browns which, as expected, were excellent. Now that I have discovered the new Edgebrook Diner I intend to go often, not only for perfect diner food, but also for the friendly convivial atmosphere and bottomless cups of coffee.
Edgebrook Coffee Shop and Diner
6322 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
M-F 6:30am to 3pm
Saturday 6:30am to 2pm