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Angel's Diner

209 Reid St., Palatka, FL - (904) 325-3927
Posted By Michael Stern on March 24, 2009 10:39 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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Posted By William Titus on June 1, 2013 6:19 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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Posted By Dan Bowman on June 3, 2011 7:55 AM
Love the environment. The hamburgers and fries are very good.
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