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Angel's Diner

209 Reid St., Palatka, FL - (904) 325-3927
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/24/2009 10:39:00 AM
If you love diners, you owe it to yourself to visit Angel's, which boasts that it is Florida's first, established in 1932. We came for breakfast, so we never got to try the hand-pattied hamburgers and freshly made (not frozen) onion rings, which appear to be the menu's highlights, with burgers that range up to one-pounders ("for real men only," says the menu). Next time, it will be for burgers, o-rings, and skin-on French fries.

Breakfast was OK, but nothing special. The waitress assured us that the biscuits were freshly made, and ours was indeed warm. But from scratch? Not likely. Pancakes were fine, as was the bacon – cooked crisp, as requested. The highlight of our brief encounter was the mysteriously named house drink, a Pusalow, which is chocolate milk, vanilla syrup, and crushed ice.

It's the place itself we found most attractive. Retaining its cramped interior with a few tight booths and counter with a view of the grill, it seems scarcely to have changed in its decades of service. Fellow breakfasters when we stopped by early in the morning included a table full of law officers and several singles – some starting their day, others finishing a long night. (Angel's never closes.)

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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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