Lester's Diner

Last Activity: Apr 23rd, 2015

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Lester's Diner Pompano

Location

1924 E Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 783-2109
What's Nearby

Critic's Rating

Rating2.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review: 10/30/14

Information

Hours7am-9pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate lot
CCYes AlcoholBeer and Wine
OutdoorNo ReservationsNo
DeliveryNo

Pros

Good Prices
Server Breakfast All Day

Cons

Chaotic Service
Not many Booths

Insider Tips

Stick to burgers and Breakfast.

Critic's Review

Lester's Diner has taken over Cosmos and renamed it to, you guessed it; Lester's Diner. I decided to check it out. Interestingly, it was exactly 4 years since I'd been to Cosmos.

The beauty of the previous location, Cosmos, was that there was rarely more than 2 cars in the parking lot. The lot was practically full today; on a Thursday at 2:15pm.

I'd been in Cosmos before, and when I walked in this place I understood why the transition took so long. The place is completely different.

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Lester's Pompano Interior

The thing is, it reminds me more of an ice cream parlor (think Steak & Shake) than it does a diner. Diners are long and have a long counter and lots of booths; the counter here is miniature compared to their other locations.

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Lester's Diner Pompano Counter


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Of course I didn't get a booth, and I just love sitting at a table in the middle of the room. I got a menu, and turned directly to the breakfast menu, which they serve all day. It was a couple of minutes before my server poked in and asked what I wanted to drink. "Coffee Please".

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Lester's Table (That's Syrup, not Coffee)

They just toss the creamers on the table. By the time she dropped off the coffee, I'd long since decided what I was ordering. "I'll be right back", she said, "I have to take this other table's order". Well how about talking mine also? So she took the order for the table next to me an delivered it to the kitchen; apparently she can only write down 1 order at a time.

Food came out pretty quickly. No massive portions, but everything was well prepared. They didn't put much butter on the toast so I asked for extra. They have jelly and syrup on the table but no butter. I'm not even sure it was butter on the toast, as it looked more yellow than butter.

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Lester's Breakfast

Cosmos has the big, plumb sausages. the food was actually pretty good. The sausages were hot and not overdone, the eggs weren't burned and the potatoes were constant.

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Lester's Eggs

When I was done eating, my server was nowhere to be found. Most diners where you pay at the register they drop off the check well before you're done so you don't have to wait. I spotted her filling up the straws on the coffee station, and she wasn't looking around. I decided to hit the men's room first; usually I wait until after I've paid. When I got back, my table was cleared; coffee and all. So now I'm at a completely clean table waiting for my tab, and she saunters over. "Would you like some dessert, I could get you set back up?" Dessert for breakfast? No thanks, Just the check please.

The next disaster was paying the bill. The line was across the room. It takes them way too long to process a CC with their ancient cash register system.

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Lester's Pompano Line to Pay

I got a chance to check out the dessert display. Cake and pie is one reason there are so many "retired" people in diners.
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Lester's Desserts

It took about 10 minutes on line to pay the $9.59 check.

Conclusion

I didn't care for this location; there aren't many booths and it just doesn't feel like a diner. The eggs were fine and the service was terrible; all for under $10.

Previous Review of Cosmo's Diner: 10/30/10

I was driving in Northern Fort Lauderdale deciding where I was going to have lunch and then I remembered a diner I'd seen last weekend near Bru's in Pompano. I hadn't had more than a half bagel for breakfast so I figured I'd give them a try. I'm about out of diners in Fort Lauderdale and I'm always up for a late breakfast.

I saw a couple of good reviews for the place online; and one really bad one that was obviously fake on UrbanSpoon. I like to form my own opinion so in I went.

Its a pretty small place with a counter up front, a section of booths and a dining room. I'd described the place as very clean and a bit dated in its decor. 102.7 is playing 60s and 70s music on the sound system, adding to the aura.

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An older gentlemen is a one man show here; he clears tables, takes orders and serves. This is a family operation. Their sign says "Home Cooking". He brings a menu and I order some coffee.

They serve breakfast all day, which is a good formula for getting someone like me to visit at 3pm on a Saturday. The menu is fairly standard. I see the "Spanish Omelet", but I've capitulated on that quest. I order my standard order, hoping for something very different from my recent disaster at Waffleworks.

The food come out fairly quickly. One look and I know I've left Waffleworks far behind. This is going to be good.

Cosmos Diner Eggs

Cosmos Diner Eggs

The have the big, plump, good sausages, and the home fries were just right. The eggs were cooked properly. They have splenda. Its a bright sunny day. The gentlemen knows how to ask if I'm ok without bugging me.

I enjoyed the breakfast here. You can tell when a kitchen knows what they're doing. So you might want to give them a try.

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beachgalReply
totally not diner like. need more booths and privacy. so disappointed.
gregReply
Tried it twice, once for breakfast, once for dinner.

Service is beyond slow. They also brought my meal way ahead of my wife's. It sat long enough to get cold.

Who Serves a Monte Cristo sandwich with nothing else on the plate? No dipping sauce either.
The greek Souvlaki is simply poorly cooked chicken on a stick. no seasoning, nothing else on the plate?
And this place is way overpriced.

2 times is enough for me.
We couldn't wait for this to open, went last night thinking of their great matzo ball soup they don't have it and never will , the food was warm at best the baked potato was steamed, it was very crowded but I don't think it will stay this way for long, in the other Lester's you got your dessert with the specials not here, all you get is soup or salad and for the 2 of us we got 2 slices of stale bread. Guess we will stick to the one in Coconut Creek, Very very disappointed.
lynnReply
Called today 10/24 and they are open
AdministratorReply
Why are so many people excited about Lester's? Their food really isn't very good.
Drove past there yesterday. The place was jumping with activity and looks ready to roll. They are going to open any day now.
ana IanaconeReply
waiting with baited breath for Lesters to open in Pompano tired of going to 84 & coconut creek for matza ball soup when we live in pompano
our family have been customers of Lesters since the one on state Rd. 84 opened in May 1967
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Joe TReply
Cosmos had the Worst food ever, after three visits over twenty years I've never been to a place that could screw up eggs. You were better off at mcDonalds across the street. Can't wait for Lesters
LauraReply
I drove past there last night, wishing it would open soon, myself. It looks almost finished, nice and new looking. I'm hoping it will be open 24 hours a day like the one on SR 84. We need something like that in Pompano. No place to eat late.
JCHRISTYReply
I hope the opening is SOONER than later...I have to go to SR 84 to get my biscuits and sausage gravy...Please Hurry!
WILLIAM DOBBINSReply
You have been over a year with a sign "COMING SOON". Does anyone know when SOON will be ? When and where will the announcement take place?
AdministratorReply
Lester's is building a back room, so construction is taking much longer than expected. I'm not quite sure why they bought a diner to open a diner if they were going to gut it . Cosmo's was a pretty small place by Lester's standards.