Twenty years ago, back when I was in college, my friends and I would often eat at the Boca Diner. The primary reason: it was open 24-hours and it wasn't Denny's. It's not that Denny's is bad, but really, it's the type of place that you end up at, not a place you set out to go to (if you get my drift). Also, the food was better and it had a wider selection. And it didn't hurt anything that it was a few blocks closer to FAU.
Alas, that was then—this is now. The Boca Diner is still around, but it is no longer 24-hours (so I want to know how can it still call itself a “diner?”, but I digress) and thus, we are back to Denny's, the type of place you end up at, not a place you set out to go.
But a few days ago Bunny noticed The Flashback Diner, south of the Boca Diner by about a mile, that is open 24-hours. This is a place we had to try out.
This is no ordinary diner.
Marble topped tables. Straight back chairs. Low mood lighting. An actual bar! It even has a glass waterfall for crying out loud!
And I'm still not sure how I feel about the television sets in each booth.
And the menu doesn't exactly scream diner either. The food is too upscale for a diner. And the prices are a bit high for a diner. I'm beginning to wonder why this place bills itself as a diner. I mean, the only thing it has so far in common with a diner is that it's open 24-hours. I mean, I could almost buy this if it were in Las Vegas, but we're not—we're in Boca Raton, Florida. Yeah, it's an upscale type of town, but not quite this upscale … I think.
Anyway, we place our orders. Bunny ordered the pain perdu avec saucisse and I ordered the poisson-frites. I'll admit, the food looked good.
Bunny's meal was really good, and with hindsight being 20/20, I should have ordered that. The fish-n-chips … well … this was the first time I actually had to return a fish-n-chips order back because it was basically sushi-n-chips. The manager was very apologetic, took my meal off the check and returned with properly cooked fish-n-chips. The second dish was okay; I think their choice of fish (dolphin) was ill-suited for this application (cod is more appropriate) and I doubt I'll order this again.
The desserts though … oh my!
We're talking an embedded pastry shop here. Gigantic cakes. Huge cookies. Donuts. Muffins. Pies. It was a fantastic selection of desserts. What we did order (turtle cheesecake) was, in the words of Bunny, “to die for.”
It was heartening to see we weren't the only patrons there at 10:30 pm on a Monday night, and it was even better to see several parties arrive after us. It wasn't crowded, but it was lively enough to think they'll keep the place open 24-hours for a long time to come.
And we'll definitely go back.