I usually think of diners as a place to get breakfast; whether it be in the morning, 3am or mid afternoon. But today I thought I'd try some diner food.
Lester's is one of those places that looks like a diner; I'm not sure if they're going for that look or it's just old. Lots of booths, which is good thing.
Lester's Diner Booths
I ordered a tea while I pondered the menu. It was delivered without extra lemon, so I had her go fetch me some more, which she delivered in a styrofoam cup.
Lester's Diner Iced Tea
I was running a bit late, and it was just after 3pm when I sat down. As it turns out, Lester's twilight dinner starts at 3. There are a bunch of choices for $13.49 and some for $15.95; I decided on the "greek 1/2 chicken" which comes with 2 sides. The twilight deal also gives you soup or salad and dessert. I almost ordered the soup, but then decided to get a salad with blue cheese dressing.
Lester's Diner Salad
As delivered, the salad was not appealing. I almost snickered at the tomato; who would serve a tomato with so much inedible core? I removed the carrots (the cup came in handy) and performed the necessary surgery on the tomato. >It was a decent dressing; the salad was almost enough for a meal in itself.
Lester's Diner Salad w/Blue Cheese Dressing
I was about half done with the salad when my server dropped off the chicken. I worked hard to hide my horror.
Lester's Diner 1/2 Greek Chicken
Wow. Really? When I think Greek 1/2 chicken I'm thinking of a nice broiled chicken with lemon and oregano. This was cut up pre-cooked pieces that was sprinkled with feta and thrown in an oven to melt the cheese. It was the kind of chicken that you get at the buffet at a bad event. The beans had been cooking since breakfast most likely, and the "cucumber salad" was far from what I expected. This was just cucumber slices in vinegar.
I ate some white meat and maybe half of the beans; Its a good thing that I had the big salad. When I said I was done the server asked if I wanted to take stuff home; uh, no thanks. But I was getting dessert.
No key lime pie among the choices, but they did have rice pudding and bread pudding. I went with the bread pudding.
Lester's Diner Bread Pudding
Usually cakes and pies are pretty good at diners; this tasted like rice pudding without the rice, which is probably what it was. Not very sweet. I took a few bites, dropped a tip on the table and headed to the register to cash out.
Lester's Diner Bill
It seems like a good deal on paper, but it's not a deal if you can't eat much of it. I'm glad I didn't get the Eggplant Parm or the chocolate pudding.
Lester's is the diner that everyone raves about and it's all you'll hear when you first get to Fort Lauderdale. There's five dozen places like Lester's on Long Island; it's a diner; but it's one of the only real, 24/7 diners in the area.
Inside Lester's has faux granite tables and space age vinyl booths. It truly looks like a diner.
Lester's Diner Interior
I rarely eat anything other than breakfast in diners, and today was no different. I ordered coffee as I made my choice.
Lester's is one of the few diners I've been to down here that gives you a saucer with your coffee cup. Very classy.
I decided on the London Broil and Eggs; something a bit different, over easy, medium rare with home fries and rye toast.
Music here reminds me of the 70s in more ways than one. First, there's interference. Remember AM radio? The sound system sounds like it's playing through a crystal set or something. Starting with some old and not so good Rod Stewart; followed by some Spin Doctors, Elton John, REO Speedwagon and Creed. Could be worse I guess. The food came out quickly.
Lester's Steak and Eggs
This isn't what I expected. London Broil should be flank steak, or maybe a marinated top round. Im not sure what this was, maybe a bottom tip, but it was tough. It had a garlicky flavor; not terrible but I would have preferred something that I could slice better. The potatoes were bad today; end of the day home fries are hit or miss.The eggs were fine; not the best breakfast I've ever had; I wouldn't order the london broil again.
Rounding out the experience was my server becoming consumed by a table of 4 ordering dessert; I sat with an empty cup and empty plates for more than 10 minutes before I got a chance to ask for my check.
Lester's is fine, but Today wasn't so good.
Previously, I had a standard breakfast that was quite good:
Lesters Eggs with Sausage
On my first visit here, I made the mistake of ordering the "spanish omelet", which is not a Spanish omelet. it's peppers and onions that aren't freshly cooked. It's awful; don't order it.
Lesters "Spanish" Omelet