My internet was out this morning, so I decided to go out to breakfast. It's really nice out this time of year, but I felt like steak and eggs. I hadn't been to Lil'Reds in a while.
They have a rear parking lot; but there's always plenty of parking, which is the good thing about places off the beaten path.
Lil Red's Fort Lauderdale
At 8:30, the place was about half full. I still landed a booth. The place is well decorated for Halloween.
Lil Red's Interior
There's no hostess; you sit down and wait for someone to notice you and bring you a menu. >This is a diner-type establishment, as coffee is delivered before the menu.
Lil Red's Coffee
While they have an outdoor patio, there are no tables. It's just for smoking.
Lil Red's Deck
A server came over, and I ordered "Steak and Eggs, Over Easy, Home Fries, Toast, Medium Rare". "Ok", she said, "A man who knows what he wants".
Music here is pretty good with the Doobie Brothers, Human League and Lonestar tracks playing; the TVs are on the news. They've replaced the massive tube TVs with modern flat screens and now have wifi; just about the only things that have changed in 5 years since my first visit.
8 Minutes and Breakfast is served.
Lil Red's Steak and Eggs
The cooking is competent; the eggs are just right. Lot's of potatoes, although the "Texas Toast" was a lame version. The price is up to $8.95, still less than anyone else charges for a strip steak breakfast.
This is a place where they top off your coffee every time they walk by, so be ready to wave them off unless you want to re-cream your coffee every few minutes.
I wasn't crazy about Lil'Red's lunch, but breakfast is always good here. You can add a pork chop for $4.65. This place is MUCH better than Waffle House, at Waffle House prices.
And it's a very friendly place.
The first time I went to Lil Red's I got there at 11:04 and they handed me a lunch menu; they stop serving breakfast cold at 11am on weekdays. I was none too happy about it, and I didn't reward them by eating there that morning. On weekends this place is the exception to the rules; while tourists and the brunch crowds pile into the popular places along the strip; Lil Red's truck stop location provides a sleepy, yet competent alternative. They also serve breakfast until noon on weekends, which gives you a bit more time to get organized.
You'd think that a place named Li'l Reds would be owned some some old couple, but that's not the case here. The owner is Chinese.
I've had some decent breakfasts here but they now are pushing the BBQ, so I thought I'd try lunch. I'm not used to eating in when I order BBQ, but Lil Red's is a shade nicer than your typical BBQ joint. Although the cushions on every one of the booth benches were ripped. One positive is that they've replaced the old tube TVs that were on carts with wall mounted flatscreens; not that anyone in the place was watching TV, nor would you come here to watch a game.
Lil Red's Interior
The ice tea is $1.89 and comes in a very big cup; I don't know if you get refills because I didn't finish it. My server asked if I wanted lemon properly, but they don't have splenda; not even if you ask for it.
Li'l Reds Cookin Ice Tea and Condiments
I set myself up for disappointment because is misread the menu, thinking that I was getting a 1/2 rack of ribs. But their 1/2 BBQ ribs is a half pound, which isn't very much.
Li'l Reds Cookin 1/2 pound Ribs lunch
I also ordered the collard greens and cole slaw, thinking I was doing a low carb thing. Frankly, it's not a very good price regardless, because $8 for 3 ribs and 2 sides is no bargain. Making matters worse was that the ribs didn't have a lot of meat on them. In fact they has surprisingly little. The cold slaw was pedestrian and the collard greens bitter and swimming in foul liquid. The Texas Toast was lame also; a smallish, not very thick slice of bread. I left the place hungry, which is never good.
Service kind of sucked as well. It took a while for her to take my order and then she kept passing by after I was done without giving me the bill; I had to yell at her as she was passing. And she never asked if everything was ok, or if I needed extra napkins.
I like Lil Red's for breakfast, but I don't think I'll do lunch again.
The first time I went to Lil Red's I got there at 11:04 and they handed me a lunch menu; they stop serving breakfast cold at 11am on weekdays. I was none too happy about it, and I didn't reward them by eating there that morning. On weekends this place is the exception to the rules; while tourists and the brunch crowds pile into the popular places along the strip; Lil Red's truck stop location provides a sleepy, yet competent alternative. They also serve breakfast until noon on weekends, which give you a bit more time to get organized.
A place that's been around at a really bad location since man has walked erect has to have something going for it; what they have here is solid food at ridiculously low prices.
The place looks a bit nicer on the inside than it does on the outside.They've just recently started taking credit cards; but there's still no wifi. As you enter there's a big sign that says "Seat Yourself", but there are no menus by the door, so you have to wait until someone notices you to get one.
Lil Red's Interior
The place is very clean and has a bit of country charm; they still have monstrous tube sets on carts that make the place seem out of date.
On my first visit here, I got the steak and eggs; a 6oz charbroiled sirloin with Texas Toast which is a helluva deal for $8.25.
Lil Reds Steak and Eggs
While I was eating this I just kept thinking what a great deal it was. They give you a mount of red skin potatoes with onions; the toast is really just thick cut toast. But the steak was cooked just right and had a nice char-grilled taste as well.
Today I was going to go back to O-B house, but then I figured that it might be crowded given it's newness. I was hungry; not looking for anything fancy, so I though of Lil Red's.
I just ordered the regular breakfast with sausage, home fries and rye toast. I was talking to someone about grits earlier in the week, so I ordered a small side of them just to give them a try. I've never been a huge fan.
Lil Red's Standard Breakfast with side of Grits
There was nothing special about this breakfast; it was just plenty of really good food. I couldn't do anything with the grits to make them edible to me; salt, butter, it made no difference; they just remind me of the Cream of Wheat that my Dad used to try to get me to eat when I was a kid; The sausages were decent links and the potatoes were good. I ordered the eggs over medium and they came out a bit overdone; my fault for not adhering to the proper South Florida principles.
The total for all of this with 3 cups of coffee was $8.73; it would have been $7.14 without the grits. I don't need to say much more.