Spring is nearly here. The greening scent surrounds us. Birds flutter through budding trees and chirp at the coming warmth. Although cool showers are predicted for Sunday, today is a brilliant, blue-sky day with the temperature expected to reach 70°. At 2 AM, it will be time to set our clocks forward and spring into Daylight Savings Time, an idea first conceived of by Benjamin Franklin in the dawn of our nation’s history. All in all, an ideal morning to sample a fresh new restaurant.
Diner 248 opened recently on Highway 248 between Nazareth and Easton. It sits across the road from the Hampton Inn, and occupies the former Jack Creek Steakhouse. With fresh paint outdoors and in, varnished wood tables, tasteful floral carpeting and muted colors, the restaurant is both warm and inviting. As we stepped inside, a cheerful hostess greeted us and showed us to a booth near a back window.
Our waitress introduced herself with a smile and left us with two menus. She returned quickly with hot black coffee served in tall white mugs. The breakfast menu at Diner 248 features an interesting selection. From a meatlovers omelette to three types of Eggs Benedict to Peach Melba and Banana Nut pancakes, there’s something for all. I was delighted to see Stuffed French Toast on the menu, three versions. After first eating it at Morgan’s Restaurant a few weeks ago, I was tempted to order it again, as a comparison. Maybe next visit. Today my taste buds called for savory rather than sweet so I ordered a simple omelette.
As we waited, we flipped through pages of the local news. Of special note – Penn State-Lehigh Valley, now in Fogelsville, will move into the closing Lehigh Valley College in Center Valley. This doubles the space for Penn State-LV. It also puts it on public transportation routes. A good move for the Valley!
Within minutes our waitress brought our food. M. had ordered orange juice, traditional Eggs Benedict – toasted English muffins topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. His eggs were nicely cooked, not hard as can happen if the chef isn’t watchful. Not a problem here – 248’s chef is skilled. My omelette was flavorful with finely chopped broccoli and the right amount of melted cheddar. Both orders came with browned home fries. Only warmer plates might have improved the otherwise most satisfying meal. Service was great. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and kept our coffee mugs filled.
Our bill came to just under $17 (plus tip) for Eggs Benedict with home fries, a broccoli cheddar omelette with home fries and toast, one glass of orange juice, and two coffees with ample refills.
Diner 248 is located at 3701 Easton Nazareth Highway (Route 248), Easton, Pennsylvania. Phone – 610-252-4300. The diner serves breakfast from 6 AM to 2 PM daily. While there, we glanced at their lunch and dinner menu. It shows an intriguing variety of sandwiches, gyros, salads, entrees, and other dishes. We plan to return soon!