Guy Fieri, what were you thinking? Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant in Dania Beach, FL might have been on your episode of Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives (Triple D), but our visit today was no trip to ‘Flavortown’. We found the service just okay, but the food really didn’t live up to the television episode excitement.
This small Mom ‘n Pop restaurant has been serving locals since 1957. We expected there to be a wait for breakfast on a recent Saturday, but we must have been between rush hours. Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant is set up almost like a diner. When you first walk in, the huge bakery can’t be missed. All kinds of sweets and breads are on display and it’s a huge selection. The line for the bakery was pretty steady, but we got seated for breakfast right away.
It’s a long narrow dining room that actually looks well cared for. Red chairs matched the red walls and brown booths seemed to blend in well. The lighting has been updated, giving it a fresh feel and there were all kinds of pictures hanging to spotlight some famous visitors (Guy Fieri for example).
Our server greeted us and took drink orders while we looked over the menu. The breakfast menu was a lot smaller than expected while covering the basics like eggs, omelets and pancakes. Our server was basically a ‘no nonsense’ type that wasn’t really into small talk.
We didn’t need someone chatty, just a bit ‘warmer’. While we waited, they dropped off mini Danish filled with jellies. Kind of on the plain side, but did tide us over until our order came out (about 20 minutes).
Two Eggs with Ham Steak ($9.99). The eggs were fresh and ordered over medium, but one of the eggs was broken and almost empty. Not a huge deal, but it was obvious and a little messy looking.
The ham steak was thicker than expected and one of the larger we’ve had. The hash browns actually would get the ‘greasiest hash brown award’ if we handed out such awards. They loaded them up with so much butter or margarine that you couldn’t take more than a few bites.
The biscuit didn’t come out with the breakfast but showed up about 10 minutes later. Made in-house, it had a sweet flavor but was way too dry to be enjoyed without adding jelly or butter.
Three egg omelet with three items ($9.99). Jeff picked spinach, mushrooms and provolone cheese. The omelet was a little overcooked which made it a bit dry. He said the spinach or maybe the mushrooms had a strange taste, almost like tuna. He didn’t care for the omelet and his hash browns were super crisp, but too greasy just as mine were.
We wonder if things have changed since the appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The food didn’t seem to be worth the price and the service was a bit clunky. Maybe lunch is where Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant shines, but breakfast didn’t shine for us today.
Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant is located at 17 SW 1st St, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (just off of Federal Hwy).