Diner Prices

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2008/05/24 16:51:02 (permalink)

Diner Prices

Yesterday, I took my five year old granddaughter and her best friend out to lunch. We went to a diner and it was so much fun. The little girls had decided to get dressed up to go out to dine and had on "glittery" and lacy tops over their dresses............They were so loaded down with "jewels" around their necks that they could barely walk. To add to their wonderful outfits, they sought out the most glittery handbags in the house and off we went to charm or shock the clientele.

We arrived well after the lunch hour and so the little ones were showed with compliments by all the waitress and the cashier. It was a good time for all until I took note of the prices. I always thought of a diner as being quite inexpensive but my hamburger with homemade chips was $6.79. The children's menu had quite a few selections............same price.....but included a beverage and ice cream.

This morning, my son took his son to the more modern diner next door and their bill came to twenty dollars without the tip. The grandson had pancakes and orange juice (kid's menu) and he had 2 eggs, sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee.

Are these the normal prices for diners around your neighborhood?
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    John A
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/24 17:14:44 (permalink)
    I do not know if you hit any of the Diners when you're in Daytona Beach Greymo but no, it's not that expensive here. However, like everything else their costs are increasing so who knows what the future will bring?
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    harriet1954
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/24 21:31:41 (permalink)
    I live in Land of the Diners, so although some are a little more expensive to eat at, others are very reasonable. There's so much competition. The thing is, though, these days I only eat at two diners around here; one for breakfast with my man on Sunday that's literally right around the corner, and one for whatever (usually their dinner platters) that's a little further down the road apiece, but so worth it. I wish I could name prices right now, but considering I just paid $30 to NOT fill the tank, I can almost feel the menu prices changing like the gas prices...
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    Theedge
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/24 22:20:46 (permalink)
    This morning I ate at our local "50's" type diner. Taco Omelette with toast and coffee was 9 something, so almost $12.00 after a tip. I guess I hadn't even thought about it until just now, but that does seem like quite a bit.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/25 00:44:50 (permalink)
    The mushroom omelet at my local diner/corner restaurant just went up a buck to $5.25 (with home fries and toast). Was surprised they kept the old price so long.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/25 01:02:43 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Theedge

    This morning I ate at our local "50's" type diner. Taco Omelette with toast and coffee was 9 something, so almost $12.00 after a tip. I guess I hadn't even thought about it until just now, but that does seem like quite a bit.

    That's average for healthy economic areas. I see a lot of $10.95 omelets.

    The two factors I see are, the property value where the diner sits
    and what they can get away with charging.

    It seems like when one popular place creeps the price up, everyone figures they can get it too. some do, some close down.

    I get irritated when I see a $12.95 omelet because it means that soon I won't be seeing the $8.95.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/25 09:53:01 (permalink)


    IIRC, my local diner charges $7.95 for a Spanish Omelette with a mountain of home fries and toast. One of the lower-priced dinner specials (like Soup + a large Spinach Pie + a huge portion of Greek Salad + Jello or pudding for dessert) is $10.95.

    Truthfully, I don't know how all of this compares with diners in other parts of the country, but I don't think that this is excessive, given the good quality of the food and very generous portions. But, when all is said and done, the only alternative for a cheaper meal is to prepare it yourself at home.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/25 11:29:26 (permalink)
    We went to Waffle house. My steak and eggs were barely more thaen my wifes 2 eggs, sausage and toast as she had to pay ala carte foe home fries. I couldnt belive it but only the chops and steak and eggs came with potatoes.
    Tell me, whats a breakfast out with out hashbrowns or home fries?
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    Guilty One
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/25 22:17:05 (permalink)
    Tedbear I can honestly say I have never seen Jello served in a restaurant.

    Hospitals and Institutions, With every meal, but not real restaurants. Interesting.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/26 07:59:28 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Guilty One

    Tedbear I can honestly say I have never seen Jello served in a restaurant.

    Hospitals and Institutions, With every meal, but not real restaurants. Interesting.


    In NJ diners, it is not unusual for the Specials of the day to include a limited number of desserts--typically only Jello or pudding. Sometimes there will be one other home-made dessert to choose from, but typically with these dinner specials, the dessert choices are usually limited to the cheapest ones that they can come up with. Truthfully, since the portions tend to be so large, I usually don't even take the dessert that is included.
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/26 18:45:21 (permalink)
    I've gotten Jello plenty of times for dessert in a diner. This is usually if the only puddings offered are rice or tapioca. If it's chocolate, I get that. But I'll only get dessert if it's included with the platter. Those huge cakes in the rotating stands always look much better than they taste.
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    kland01s
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/27 08:23:39 (permalink)
    My partner and I had breakfast out Saturday, we had corned beef hash and toast (me) and a 1 egg mushroom omelette, hash browns, toast for partner. Cost for the 2 meals = $9.35 before tip of $3.00. Sunday breakfast, same place, 1 buckwheat pancake plus bacon for me, 2 buckwheat pancakes for partner. Total cost = $8.20 before tip. We love this place, they serve generous portions, great made from scratch food and very friendly and cheerful staff.
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    GNeedles59
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    RE: Diner Prices 2008/05/27 10:16:41 (permalink)
    $12.95 for an omlette? never! I pay $8-$9, and I live in a very healthy economic area (read: yuppies)

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