Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Royal Restaurant* on 5th Avenue, in Bay Ridge is your classic diner in almost every way. It’s got the little bar stools, those cute ones that rotate. It’s got the open kitchen style for their short order cooks. And it’s damn cute.

IMG_0693 IMG_0691It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but as you know we were there especially for our Egg and Cheese on a Roll crusade. So, how did they do?

They did good.

So let’s dive straight in: The roll was lightly toasted giving it a nice firmness. A good handhold in fact. The eggs were done just right (ie. not too rubbery, not too runny), while the cheese was that classic American cheese, melting about right.

We elected to go for the potato addition on this one and it was a good call. The whole ensemble tasted delicious, with the addition of just a little salt and pepper to taste.

If there was any let down it’d be the coffee, it was just so-so. Very drinkable, but since we’re coffee snobs, I’m thinking regular diners are not going to cut the mustard in the coffee stakes department [see how I used a foodie metaphor there]. But I wouldn’t want to mark it down for that.

On the whole Royal Restaurant did us proud. we give them an 8 out of 10.

So, go check them out if you’re in the neighborhood for breakfast… it has a good menu for those who’d like to expand their horizon beyond egg and cheese. But if this is anything to go by, recommendations all round!

*Royal Restaurant is what the photo shows, but the hanging sign [not visible in this shot], records the name as ‘Towne Royal Restaurant’. So I’m not sure what to call it.


The Diner Special Event!

Okay, it’s not that much of a special event. It’s more of an experiment and taste test.

Here’s what it is: We’re taste-testing the American simple breakfast classic, Egg & Cheese on a roll. Simple, right? There are a number of classic diners in our neighborhood, that just deserve to be subjected to this test. The bonus (or otherwise) for us, is we get to do the testing.

In the following posts we’ll be reporting back on the absolutely best, top drawer, superlative Egg and Cheese on a roll. Now, we can vary this slightly…. but only very slightly. We’ll allow for the inclusion of potato from time to time and this breakfast will always come with coffee, natch!

We’ll post interior and exterior shots of the places we visit along with shots of the sumptuous fare we’ll be eating…. and make recommendations for you to check out for yourselves, should you choose to take up this challenge. Your call.

We have a few places in the can already. So as soon as any of us get our act together to collect the images off our iPhones and put fingers to keyboards, you’ll be able to make judgements yourselves.