Paul’s Diner fills up my stomach, but puts a hole in my wallet

Some of Pauls diners creative labeling decor.

Katie McDermott

Some of Paul’s diner’s creative labeling decor.

Katie McDermott, Staff Writer

Many diners have an older feel to them, but not all of them make you feel at home. Paul’s is one of those diners. Paul’s Diner is open everyday of the week: Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. When I walked into Paul’s Diner at 9 a.m. on Sunday, my brother and I were seated immediately and I recognized the familiar feel of home. 

While my experience at 9 a.m. on a weekend morning was very efficient, I have experienced times where I have arrived at Paul’s after 10 a.m. and had to wait longer. So, if you are looking for a diner to go to after 10 a.m. and have a shorter amount of time, Paul’s is not the place for you. 

Although there were many tables in this relatively small diner, we were seated in a booth that offered not only comfort, but also a spacious spot for a quiet conversation and overall privacy. The sense of calmness that I had while waiting for my breakfast made the short wait practically unnoticeable—or maybe the service was just that good.

By the time we sat down and opened the menu, our friendly waitress walked right over to us and asked what we wanted to drink. She promptly arrived with our drinks, and she took our meal order, which consisted of pancakes and an omelet. After a brief 12 minutes we received our food. 

The food arrived warm and pleasing to the eye. The pancakes ($8.99) were the first thing I dug into. The pancakes were stacked three-high and were just the right size and thickness, not too big and not too small. On top of the pancake pile sat melting butter and fluffy powdered sugar. This would have been a welcome surprise for the butter lovers out there, but for me, not so much. 

The pancakes also came with your choice of a side, and I chose bacon. I did not regret this decision; the bacon had a perfect crunch to it, as well as an abundance of flavor. 

The next thing I had was the Kate omelet ($11.99). This omelet was perfectly sized and came with well-chosen ingredients of cheese, bacon, sausage and ham. While the dish tasted great, it was so packed with meat that it felt as though there was more meat in the omelet than actual egg. However, the egg was delicious and perfectly cooked. The omelet would have been perfect if the meat wasn’t so overpowering. 

The omelet came with two sides, which were home fries and toast. The toast was barely toasted and had a thin layer of butter on top of it. It felt very much like eating plain bread. The home fries on the other hand, were perfectly cooked with just the right amount of crispness and flavor. 

The breakfast was very expensive at around $40. Their small drinks were $3 a piece with no free refills. In addition, the side of bacon was $4.99. This made the meal excessively expensive when you add those prices on top of the price of the meals.

In general, I would highly recommend this diner to anyone looking for a quiet and comfortable place to eat breakfast with friends or family.