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Post-Zumba Brunch at Livingston’s Diner

A bunch of us decided that we would completely negate our intense NYE Zumba workout by stuffing our faces at Livingston’s Diner. Brian and I had never eaten there before, despite living just down the street from it, so we used the opportunity to check it out.

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Tita Rose was a bad influence. She got this huge cinnamon roll and proceeded to entice everyone with it. Brian had a bite of it. I had a few too many. LOL.

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Brian got his usual — eggs fried hard, hash browns, biscuits and gravy — which is what he always gets at every diner or breakfast joint no matter if we’re at IHOP or The Good Egg.

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Mandy got the 1-2-3 breakfast.

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Tita Rose got the open-faced roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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Tony got liver and onions. I must have been really hungry because it actually looked good to me and I hate liver. LOL.

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I got the same thing that Gina Ann got — chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. I think Justin got the same thing too, so I didn’t bother to take a picture of his plate. I don’t know what Coley got, nor could I take a picture of it, because he is a kill joy. =P

Lunch was really good. If Brian and I weren’t limiting ourselves to only eating out once a month, I could totally see myself eating there every week.

Ruby’s Dinette at LAS

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Airport food is usually disgusting and overpriced. Not so with Ruby’s Dinette. I think this was the first time I’d ever dined at an airport diner. I didn’t have high expectations, based on my previous airport dining experiences.

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However, the fact that the line to Ruby’s Dinette extended all the way past Cinnabon next door made it seem promising. People wouldn’t be lined up that far if the food wasn’t any good, right?

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It is a diner, not fast food, and they were very busy so it took some time for our food to arrive. There were several people who were perturbed by this. I think they had short layovers. Brian and I are nerds and are always at the airport two to three hours early so we had plenty of time. I decided to pass the time by people-watching and taking pictures.

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The food arrived soon enough, and it was delicious! I don’t know if it was my low expectations of airport food, but the grilled chicken sandwich and chocolate milkshake I had made my belly very, very happy.

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Brian had previously resolved not to eat as much red meat this year, but he ordered a burger. Go figure. He said it was really good, though. So at least it was worth breaking his resolve over. He consumed the burger on January 2 (our second attempt at going home after being stranded in Las Vegas). I think that’s got to be a record for fastest broken New Year’s resolution. LOL.

But I digress. If you have to eat at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, choose Ruby’s Dinette. Your belly will thank you. However, if you have a short layover don’t eat here. The food is made to order and, when they’re busy (which was the case both days that we were at the airport), the food does take a while.

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If you’ve got a short layover, then you’ll be spending most of your time waiting for your food and then you’ll scarf it down and run to your gate, and that’s just asking for trouble. I mean, do you really want to have to use the airplane lavatory? I usually hold it until I get to the airport. Of course, unless I’m flying to another continent. You don’t really have much of a choice in that case.

If you really want to eat at Ruby’s, my suggestion would be to get to LAS early or schedule a longer layover (one hour at least). This will allow them time to get your food to you, with ample time for your to enjoy it. You want to have your combo sans indigestion, right? 🙂

Joanie’s Happy Days Diner

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We found this diner at the hotel concierge’s recommendation. We actually ate at Joanie’s twice: Saturday and Sunday. Not only was the location convenient (it’s right by our hotel), but the food was good and the servings were hefty.

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Jay and Becca
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Brian and Ching
Ching and Brian

Our complementary fruit plate…

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Food!

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I love corned beef hash. It’s one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast.

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Brian and Jay loved the fat steak fries.

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Becca’s Canadian bacon.

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Corned beef hash omelet with NO cheese!

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That’s what I got the next time we went. It wasn’t on the menu, but I figured they could make it because they have eggs and they have corned beef hash. LOL.

Brian and Jay both got bagels and fries.

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Becca got a big, fluffy Belgian waffle with powdered sugar and buttah!

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I’d definitely go eat at Joanie’s again. If you find yourself staying at the Courtyard Marriott at Fishermans Wharf be sure to check it out. It’s just a stones throw from the front door of the hotel.

One thing we learned is you have to ask the locals. They sure know where to eat!

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The Diner on Webb and Harry

I received the following message from my father-in-law recently.

There is a new restaurant in town on the East side called The Diner. It is in the old location that used to be The Wildfire Diner from a couple of years ago. It is just off the Northeast corner of Webb and Harry, behind the Port of Wichita.

The decor is 1950’s diner style in nature. The menu consists of comfort food and standard diner fare, good prices, and excellent quality. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day. They are planning to organize some events on Friday nights for various vehicle related clubs and the MKMVPA has a standing invitation to attend.

One thing they do is “unlimited fries.” With a meal you get all the fries you want, and they are the big steak fries.

The official address is 1530 S. Webb Road. Their hours are Tuesday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.

I had heard about this new place from my coworker Cindy (she lives in the vicinity) as well so we decided to meet them there for lunch today. Brian and I figured we’d give it a try. Here are some photos:

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The verdict? Not bad overall.

The food is pretty good. David and Donna both had hamburgers which they were both very pleased with. Brian loves his bowl of Frito chili pie and he had a chili cheese dog with Fritos on it. I thought that was an interesting twist on your basic chili cheese dog. I told Brian that we’d have to amend our list of favorite places to eat hotdogs and add The Diner. =P

I was the only one who ordered breakfast out of the four of us. They had these things called cinnamon swirl French toast on the menu, which are cinnamon rolls dipped in French toast batter. I’d never tried anything like that before so I ordered the combo. As a combo it comes with two eggs (any style) and your choice of breakfast meat. Naturally, I asked for bacon. I always want my eggs fried hard so that is what I indicated. Mine didn’t come correctly — the yellow was still gooey — but they were too nice so I didn’t send it back or say anything. Brian couldn’t eat gooey eggs like that, but I really don’t mind them.

The food is a pretty good value. With the burgers and hotdogs, you get a generous helping of these big, fat steak fries with unlimited refills. I don’t know that they get many takers on the free second helping. Brian didn’t even finish his. Then again, that might have been because he had a bowl of the Frito chili pie before his meal.

We didn’t have any room for dessert, but Jan brought out two little bowls of vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry for David and Donna as congratulations for winning first place in the Derby 4th of July parade yesterday morning. That was really thoughtful.

I think the best part about The Diner is the people. They are genuinely nice. The owners Jan, Charlie, and Kevin routinely come out and visit with the patrons. I really hope they stick around.

Brint’s Diner

Sandi at Brint's Diner

We finally got a chance to eat at Brint’s Diner. We’d been dying to check out the place ever since we saw them featured on the first episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on The Food Network. The first time we went they were closed. We didn’t get a chance to return again until Saturday.

We went there after my waxing and before running errands. I had two eggs, corned beef hash, hashbrowns, and toast. Brian had the one-two-three (one egg, two strips of bacon, and three fluffy pancakes) and a side of hashbrowns. The food was alright. It reminds me of the food at the diner we ate at in Peabody, though not quite as good. The service was okay. I think the nostalgia or novelty is what brings people back. And, of course, Sandi — she’s super nice.

You can tell that most of the patrons are regulars. They all know each other by name. Though, business has picked up considerably since the airing of the TV episode so there are more non-regulars now. Brian and I being prime examples.

It’s funny how we never even knew the place existed, and we probably never would have had it not been for The Food Network. Brian’s dad is familiar with the place, though. He’d dined there several times before. It’s a hole in the wall that is tucked behind a bread shop so it’s kind of hard to find. Also not in the best neighborhood so it’s not really the kind of place you invite people to.

I think Brian and I will probably return. We still have to try the other menu items.

Brian at Brint's Diner

My Meal at Brint's Diner

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