For many years, I was under the impression that Wanabees diner on Broadway was closed. This was due to lack of information my part. The knowledge I lacked was that Wanabees is a breakfast and lunch joint. It seemed that I always went by at a later time. Fortunately, when I was at the Raw:Almond brunch, the people I shared my breakfast with me told me otherwise.
Happily then, I was able to correct this dining oversight. This one-woman show, owner Karen Ashley, is everything that you could want in a diner. Okay, you might wish it was open 24-7, but that’s more than you can expect from one person. As cook, server, dishwasher and register attendant, Ms. Ashley performs all these activities like a seasoned pro. No wanabe is the owner of Wannabees.
Dining at Wanabees*
Of course the measure of any good diner is the food it serves. Here, Wnabees excels. First of all in value. You can easily get a meal at Wannabees, taxes included for under $10.00. On top of that, this meal will carry you through the entire day if necessary. Wannabees hits a home run on the portion size plus low price matrix.
*Take note wanabees is cash only
That home run becomes a grand slam when you factor in the quality. (sorry about the baseball metaphors, but spring training has started). This is home cooking as it should be.
On a couple of occasions, I’ve tried the breakfast option. The first time I tried the three egg breakfast. I also added a side of kulbasa with it. This was almost more food than I could handle. I enjoyed the crispy bacon, and the fact that the kulbasa was not greasy. The hash browns were shredded giving them a consistent cook throughout. As enjoyable as this was, a two egg breakfast without the extra side makes for a more than satisfying breakfast.
The second breakfast I ordered was the omelet. This comes with two fillings, I believe mushroom and cheese, but you can add extras for only $.70. I didn’t ask if the two fillings could be substituted. I added ham and green onion to mine. Again, the food was well-cooked. The eggs were fully cooked and there was no watery character to the inside filling. Another thing I appreciate is that nothing is over seasoned.
Today when I was in I tried the bacon cheeseburger with fries and gravies. This is a very good burger. I liked the fact that I was able to get it with only mustard and onions. There are other options available. I’ve never been a big fan of a whole lot of toppings on my burgers, though. The burger was cooked throughout, and took up the whole bun. I particularly like the fact that the ends of bacon hung over the edge of the bun.
The fries were homemade. I opted for my gravy on the side as I enjoy the dipping. However, the fries were well cooked enough that they could have held the burden of the gravy without going soggy.
As a one person operation, you may find service a little bit slower at Wanabees than at other places. I say, enjoy it. While the owner does have her hands full, she keeps tabs very well on the various orders. If you are really in need of a coffee refill, just get her attention and you’ll soon receive it. Also, if you find yourself waiting a bit, take the time to check out the signs on the wall or to read the message on the blackboard. They’re sure to add a little fun to your day.
If you’re like me and didn’t realize Wnnabees was in business, get down there at once and enjoy breakfast or lunch.