Address: 1145 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. (Village Royale Plaza)
Also at: 2911E N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach
(Crosstown Plaza), 561-249-4168. Deal available at both
Type food: Southern
Dining deal: Early suppers from 4 to
8 p.m. Monday-Saturday for $9.99 include soup or salad, entree, two sides, roll, beverage and dessert; 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday children under 12 eat free with paid adult entree.
Service/Atmosphere: More diner than cafe, the kitschy country decor includes Formica tables and vinyl banquettes. Big-screen TV's blare. Waitresses juggle seating tables while taking orders yet remain unruffled.
This family-friendly restaurant offers large portions of made-from-scratch food. No wonder they've had a 23-year run.
For dinner, kids choose from items such as pancakes, eggs or French toast ($2.99 each). Then there's spaghetti and meat sauce ($3.99), grilled cheese ($2.99), hot dog ($3.79) or sliders ($3.69), all served with fries.
My young dining partner goes for the chicken fingers ($4.89) with fries. The portion is more than she can finish, and the price is right: free with my entree.
At the encouragement of our very chatty server, I order the "must try" homemade meatloaf ($9.99). I start with house salad of mixed greens, tomato, carrots, cucumbers and onions laced with tangy Italian dressing.
The signature loaf is the traditional well-seasoned beef, onions, peppers, ketchup and just enough crumbs to hold its shape. Two generous slices cover my plate. Already I'm thinking to-go box.
My sides are a baked potato and creamy cucumber slices bathed in a mayonnaise-based vinegary dressing. Other options include fries, mashed potatoes, rice, coleslaw, corn, green beans and macaroni salad.
Dessert choices include homemade puddings, pies, cobbler, brownies and ice cream. The selections change daily.
We order homemade banana pudding, a classic southern version of vanilla custard with fresh banana slices and vanilla wafers. We also try lemon cake, a moist and tender lemon-flavored yellow cake topped with a zesty lemon icing.
Other comforting early supper choices are liver and onions, spaghetti with meat sauce, baked half chicken, broiled or fried cod and chopped sirloin.— Claire PerezCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times