JOLIET – Cabin fever and post-holiday money broke – what to do?
Treat yourself to a $5 breakfast at Diamand’s Family Restaurant in Joliet. That’s what a friend and I recently did. Well, the friend did because I ordered something else.
No sitter for the kids? Well, bring them along. A variety of home-style choices abound. Diamand’s website said it’s been “serving families since 1989.”
Fare from the children’s menu ranges from the typical chicken nuggets to fried perch and waffles ala mode. For the grown-ups, Diamand’s regular menu offers everything from appetizers to desserts and every imaginable entrée in between.
Steak? From chopped to New York strip. Pasta? Yes. Order a simple spaghetti with marinara sauce or get fancy with a Cajun chicken-style fettuccine alfredo. Seafood? Of course. Go light with a tuna salad croissant or dig into broiled catfish.
And that’s not mentioning the stir fries, burgers and open-face hot sandwiches. From healthy choices to comfort foods, Diamand’s offers it all.
Now back to breakfast.
My friend’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast, so the special was especially enticing: scrambled eggs, ham slice, wheat toast (a change from this person’s favorite, which is rye toast), and an additional side of hashed browns.
This person isn’t descriptive when it comes to food, but I noted the enjoyment with each bite and the fact no morsel was left behind.
I passed on the special and this is why.
My weakness is blueberry waffles (made with fresh or frozen blueberries, not compote). So when the waitress assured me that fresh blueberries were baked into the batter, I was sold.
In addition to my large blueberry Belgium waffle, I ordered juice and a side of ham. The ham was perfectly cooked, but did come out cold, the only blight to an otherwise perfect meal. Oh, yes, and plenty of coffee from a waitress who ensured my cup stayed hot and full.
But if breakfast isn’t your thing – and breakfast is served all day, just so you know – take heart. Diamand’s features other daily specials, too.
The website lists two rows of daily specials, which alternate each week. No gourmet food here, just home-style favorites – Yankee pot roast, tuna casserole, macaroni and cheese, salmon patties, Hungarian beef goulash, American chop suey, chicken and dumplings, half roast chicken, Swiss steak and baked pork chops (breaded one week, stuffed the next).
On Mondays, however, Diamand’s always serves corned beef and cabbage. And if you’re a kid at heart (like me), you’ll be happy to know Diamand’s offers a Frank ’n’ Cheese – a jumbo hot dog stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and served on a large roll with steak fries and a complimentary cup of soup.
I’ll be going back for that one.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Diamand’s Family Restaurant
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
WHERE: 3300 Plainfield Road, Joliet
KNOW MORE: Call 815-436-1070 or visit www.diamandsrestaurant.com