The blacktop in front of the diner glistened from an early morning rain. Overhead, a light breeze puffed away the clouds, changing the sky from soft gray to powder blue. A few Saturday morning errands with my son included a stop at Jiffy Lube for an oil change. While the car was being serviced, the Palmer Diner seemed convenient for some hot coffee and a bite to eat.
My son stops in occasionally but it had been a while since I’d been there. The restaurant looked refreshed since then – the floor tiled, the booths newer.
We took a booth next to the window. The lone waitress, a sweet looking girl, brought over two menus. While she left to bring our coffees and water, we reviewed the offerings of standard breakfast fare. The coffee was delivered in a stainless steel carafe (by now, you may know how I love carafes!) then took our orders.
As we waited for our meals, we caught up on each others’ lives – school, work, and outside interests. Eating out for breakfast, however infrequent, allows a mom to catch up with her adult child’s life. Sitting captive in a diner forces conversations one might not otherwise have.
Our food didn’t take long. Soon our friendly waitress was setting our rectangular plates in front of us. My son had ordered a standard for him – eggs, bacon, homefries, and wheat toast. I’d ordered one of my usual favorites – French Toast with a side order of bacon.
The plates were new looking. More important, they were hot, assuring us of warm food. Our bacon was crispy and flavorful. His eggs were nicely scrambled. My French Toast was average, a little drier than I normally like, but still tasty. Nice presentation.
Service was excellent with our waitress stopping back as needed to check on us. The interesting metal coffee carafe held ample refills of fresh-brewed coffee. Tables were cleaned promptly. Overall, our visit to Palmer Diner provided what we wanted – friendly service, decent food, and a clean and friendly atmosphere to visit.
Our bill came to just under $12 (plus tip) for 2 eggs, homefries, bacon, and toast, and 2 slices of French Toast with a side order of bacon, plus two coffees. Reasonably priced in today’s economy.
The Palmer Diner is located at 2913 Old Nazareth Road, Palmer Township, PA (across from Palmer Mall and just behind Jiffy Lube). 610-252-0164. They are open 6 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. Their business card says they specialize in homemade food, and they provide a Senior Citizen Discount.