Bialy Cafe is the quintessential American diner, with a little bit of everything and a few options that are so simple you question why you'd go to a restaurant to eat them (think ham and cheese sandwiches or two eggs any style). You may catch a glimpse of the enormous American flag on the west wall, which was painted after 9/11 when every store in town was sold out of the stars and stripes. Still, the lack of a prominent sign makes Bialy Cafe quite inconspicuous, so make sure you mark down the address before you leave home.
Bialy Cafe's breakfast menu towers over its slimmer lunch and dinner options. The Mexican skillet, with chopped potatoes, green peppers, chorizo and cheese, layered with two eggs any style and choice of toast is a hearty meal fit for any time of the day. For vegetarians, try the Bialy omelet: three eggs with cilantro, roasted peppers, spinach, tomatoes and jack cheese served with fresh fruit for $6.95. You can substitute a bialy (a flat, round baked roll topped with onion flakes that looks like a bagel without a hole) for toast or fresh fruit for potatoes free of charge, and egg white-only omelets are just 50 cents extra.
Lunch and dinner foods include wide selections of common sandwiches, as well as items such as fried catfish, baked meatloaf and fresh salads. Nothing on the menu costs more than $10.95, with most options falling between the $4.95 and $6.95 range.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Laura Brown