Wouldn't you love a family-owned neighborhood diner that retains a '70s feel, serves all your favorite breakfast foods and salutes Oscar Meyer meats? Ok, we could stand to ditch the last gleaming aspect, but the first two are here to stay at this delightful Lakeview diner.
Walk in through the corner entrance, and Mom's stories of chowing down at diners will come roaring back. From the wood paneling everywhere to the cushiony pink booths, Sam and George's instantly makes you feel at home. American memorabilia, like a WWII vet's photo, decorates the cash register area, as well as the glass display of sugary cakes. Don't be shy with the friendly waitress or the elderly lady up front—if it's a slow afternoon or morning, they really will let you sit wherever you want.
Now snag a seat and open the huge menu. Here's a word of advice: Try not to gasp. It's enormous and the employees already know that, having created tabbed sections for your browsing pleasure; it's kind of like that huge folder at the office, but instead of documents, you'll find food options. Many items on the menu boast specific brands, like Dickinson's, Hormel Foods, the dreaded Oscar Meyer, Superior Coffee and Foods and Coca-Cola, so in that way, it's eerily reminiscent of a high school cafeteria. Stick to what you know—like the $6.95 egg white omelets or the $7.95 bacon cheeseburger—and you're well on your way to an authentic diner experience. And did we mention that these grease-filled eats are a sure cure for hangovers?
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler