Thursday, December 20, 2012

Midtown II Diner Review

Something I miss about NY? The 24 hour diners that you can inevitably find throughout the city. After a late night out - diner food really hits the spot. It's cheap, it's plentiful, and it tastes like home.

As the GF and I walked home from a friend's party one night, we felt the sudden pang of hunger. You know the feeling. You've been fed plenty at the dinner party, yet the mix of alcohol and festivities has you yearning for just a bit more. Or perhaps it's just me, which I'll pretend makes me sad, and just further induces my fervent desire for food.

Luckily, Philly has Midtown II Diner, which hits most of those high (or low if you prefer) notes! Located in Center City, I would say it is the place to go when it's past 1 or 2AM and everything other than the Wendy's has shut down.

Hamburger Deluxe ($6.89)
Berumda Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, French Fries, and Coleslaw 

The GF went with what was a decent rendition of the burger. It was cooked to a medium-well temp as you never know about the quality of the meat at these places. However, the bermuda onions were grilled nicely - they maintained their texture, but without that dreadful aftertaste of raw onion. The cole slaw was bland, but for less than $7 - this is a steal. The fries? Well I'll talk about them later!

Midtown II Reuben ($7.29)
Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing and Imported Swiss, Served Open-Faced 

I went with the Reuben - a sandwich I adore. This was an open faced version, which surprised me at first. This shouldn't have been much of a surprise since that's how it's clearly stated on the menu - but I bet you can tell my state of mind at the time (did that even make sense?). I'll pretend it did.

In any case, the corned beef was succulent, but could have been seasoned a bit more. The rye had the necessary slightly bitter element I was looking for. The tang of the sauerkraut was a win in my book, but perhaps I should have asked for that and the Russian dressing on the side since by the time we got home (less than 10 minutes later), the sandwich was a bit limp.

French Fries ($3.09)

Of course, I didn't realize the GF had fries included in her order, so I went with an entire order just for me. Out of the three items we ordered, I would easily say that this had the least value for the price. A pittance in terms of the amount of fries (the glutton in me tends to speak the most), these fries were also not seasoned at all and did not retain a crisp texture in the 10 minutes it took to travel home. Disappointing, but devoured nonetheless.

Overall, Midtown II is a 24 hour diner - and that's its value. It may not have the best food, but for the price and the availability, I'm sure I'll be back if I'm out and about during the wee hours.

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