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Angel's Diner

209 Reid St., Palatka, FL - (904) 325-3927
Posted By William Titus on 6/1/2013 6:19:00 PM
It's a diner and, as far as diners go, not a bad one. I enjoyed the handmade burger, and the onion rings were excellent. The cheeseburger platter came with a beverage, fries, and two large onion rings, all of which were quite good.

Certainly the best thing about this place is its character. The train car in which it resides is really showing its age and the walls and ceiling have considerable bows to them, but the place is still standing. The kitchen is an accessory structure off to the side of the train car as there'd be no room at all in the place if it wasn't.

They had some pretty good-looking milk shakes that I wasn't hungry enough to try, but will next time. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, catfish, white fish, gizzards, and chicken livers. They serve breakfast all day long and are open 24 hours. Seating very limited and pretty tight. They have outdoor, covered seating at picnic tables, though, and even advertise curb service; just blow the horn. I found Angel's reasonably priced, with fairly good fare, and it's a memorable experience. I'd certainly recommend it.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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You get your choice of hash browns or grits if you order eggs for breakfast. Although pooled with butter, the grits were more notable for their grainy weight than for flavor.
"You get your choice of hash browns or grits if you order eggs for breakfast. Although pooled with butter, the grits were more notable for their grainy weight than for flavor."
Michael Stern





Angel's biscuit is ok, but chewy rather than fluffy and altogether somewhat less than angelic. Perhaps real butter might have improved it more than did the Country Pride spread.
"Angel's biscuit is ok, but chewy rather than fluffy and altogether somewhat less than angelic. Perhaps real butter might have improved it more than did the Country Pride spread."
Michael Stern


The signature house drink is a Pusalow: chocolate milk flavored with vanilla syrup poured over crushed ice. Very refreshing, even at breakfast!
"The signature house drink is a Pusalow: chocolate milk flavored with vanilla syrup poured over crushed ice. Very refreshing, even at breakfast!"
Michael Stern


Coffee is served in thick mugs. Beyond them, you can see a big silver bowl filled with just-cut slices of onion waiting to be battered and fried.
"Coffee is served in thick mugs. Beyond them, you can see a big silver bowl filled with just-cut slices of onion waiting to be battered and fried."
Michael Stern


We automatically have a soft spot for any restaurant that boasts a poor man's special on its menu.
"We automatically have a soft spot for any restaurant that boasts a poor man's special on its menu."
Michael Stern


Over 75 years old, Angel's remains an aromatic hash house without airs, frequented by locals and curious passers-by along Highway 17.
"Over 75 years old, Angel's remains an aromatic hash house without airs, frequented by locals and curious passers-by along Highway 17."
Michael Stern


Florida's oldest diner was established by Porter Angel in 1932.
"Florida's oldest diner was established by Porter Angel in 1932."
Michael Stern



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