Ralph and I decided late Saturday afternoon that we needed to run a few errands and that we’d like to get a late lunch/early dinner.
One of our favorite places to go is the Gateway Diner in Westville. I love diners because they have so many choices for me. We often go to the Gateway for breakfast and lunches, but I had never had a dinner offering there.
Our only problem with the experience is that we were seated in a booth next to 2 of the most obnoxious “fellow” diners ever. They were loud and talking about generally inappropriate things. It certainly put a damper on what was otherwise our usual good experience. That of course is not the responsibility of the restaurant, although I wish it was.
Those of you who do not come from diner country may not be familiar with the “Mini Meal.” A mini meal is usually a dish offered on the regular menu just at a lower price and usually a smaller portion. I got the lower price but certainly did Not get the smaller portion. That of course, is not a complaint!
One of my favorite soups in the world is cream of celery, but you don’t see it often on restaurant menus.
It was a little thicker than I would have liked, but it was delicious!
It came with a good salad and I got the ranch dressing on the side. I used my longstanding Weight Watchers trick of dipping my fork in the dressing first and getting just a tiny bit, then picking up the salad. It’s a great way to save on the amount of dressing you use.
My dinner choice was eggplant parmesan. Some diners do this really well, some others not so good.
This was a good experience. I got the pasta as my side dish and as usual I had to had the extra parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. I was amazed at the amount of eggplant that I got. All this food for $6.19!! Incredible!
Our waitress was very nice and accommodating. You could tell that she was frustrated by our noisy neighbors also. Overall it was a very enjoyable meal and I even have leftovers!
Not sure what’s on the agenda today. I know I’m enjoying The Night Circus and there’s a new twist every few pages. My kind of book!