You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Dundalk Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that's worth checking out.
This week's choice: The Boulevard Diner
A classic family-owned diner where the waitstaff treats everyone like a regular, the Boulevard Diner offers all the traditional comfort food we love – burgers and fries to triple decker clubs, hot open sandwiches, T-bone streaks, grilled chicken, seafood and breakfast all day night. The Boulevard Diner is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Recently, a couple of Patch staffers met at the diner for a late breakfast, including a Boulevard special – eggs Benedict with crab imperial and home fries – and two eggs over easy with toast, plus hot coffee and O.J. The food came fast, our waitress refilled our coffees a couple of times, and the eggs were good, too.
Overview: The Boulevard Diner is a classic, Greek family-owned, retro-diner with shiny chrome, cozy booths, tables, a long counter and enormous mouth-watering dessert cases. My dad loved neighborhood diners like this.
Here is a sampling from the menu:
The Drinks: Beer, wine and mixed drinks. Sodas, juice, iced tea, lemonade and milk shakes. Coffee, hot tea, herbal tea, milk and hot chocolate.
Eggs & omelettes: Two fresh eggs, any style ($4.95); bacon, ham or sausage omelette ($7.35); Greek omelet, with feta, tomato and black olives ($7.95); western omelet, ham, onions and green peppers ($7.25).
Breakfast specials: Eggs Benedict, two poached eggs on an English muffin with Canadian bacon, topped with Hollandaise sauce, served with home fries ($7.95); Boulevard’s Special Breakfast, two eggs any style, two buttermilk pancakes or French toast, choice of ham, bacon, sausage or scrapple, home fries ($7.95).
Griddle specialties: Three golden brown pancakes ($5.35); Silver dollar pancakes ($5.35); Short stack of pancakes with ham, bacon, sausage or scrapple ($6.35).
French toast: Old fashioned French toast with ham, bacon, sausage or scrapple ($6.55).
Waffles: Crisp Belgian waffle with strawberry or blueberry preserves ($7.35).
Boulevard burgers: Charbroiled beef burger ($4.95); charbroiled beef burger deluxe, with lettuce, tomato and fries ($6.95); Grilled pattie melt on rye ($5.95); Greek burger, with feta, onion and tomato ($6.75).
Speciality sandwiches: Reuben, grilled corned beef and melted Swiss on rye topped with sauerkraut ($8.85); chicken souvlaki on pita (($8.65); meatball parmigiana sub with fries ($7.85).
Salads: Greek salad, large ($9.25); spinach salad ($8.75).
Triple deckers: Sliced turkey, bacon on toasted bread with mayo, lettuce and tomato, served with fries, pickle and cole slaw ($9.25).
Appetizers: Mozzarella sticks ($6.75); fried calamari ($7.95); fried mushrooms with crabmeat ($11.95); steamed shrimp, ½ pound ($8.95); stuffed grape leaves ($4.95).
Steaks & Chops: T-bone steak, 16-ounce ($19.95); London broil with mushroom ($15.95); battered country fried steak ($13.25); breaded fried pork chops ($13.95).
Entrees & roasts: Roast sirloin of beef au jus ($12.95); roast chicken with homemade stuffing ($12.95); broiled chicken Florentine ($13.95); broiled chicken Chesapeake ($18.75).
Hot open sandwiches: Hot open roast beef with brown gravy ($12.45).
Boulevard exclusives: Two jumbo broiled or fried crab cakes, with soup or salad, potato and vegetable ($24.95); broiled or fried fisherman’s platter, shrimp, scallops, tilapia and crab cakes, served with soup or salad, potato and vegetable ($22.95).
Desserts: Creamy cheesecake ($4.10); coconut cake ($3.95); strawberry shortcake ($3.95); tira misu ($3.95); apple pie ala mode ($4.55); baklavia ($3.75); cannoli ($2.85); rice pudding, with whipped cream ($2.60).
Address: 1660 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk