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EatBeat: Seagull’s Diner in Juno Beach – Another Diner Worthy of the Trip

April 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Seagull's Diner pancakes /photo courtesy SouthFloridaDines.com

Another doh! I’ve passed Seagull’s Diner in Juno Beach a zillion times, and never went in till yesterday, when I had lunch with my dining pal Susan, who has been going here for years. She’s a long-time friend of the family who runs it, the Seagal’s.

“I can’t believe you’ve never been here, Jan-o. You of all people will love it!”

She was dead right.

Seagull’s is a great Jewish deli/diner with breakfast all day. That one key phrase is enough to win over my boyfriend, who drags late on weekends and weekdays when we’re off – making breakfast more lunch. Yet he still wants eggs and such.

I had a brisket sandwich this noon-thirty, with rye bread and great thick-like-homemade potato salad. Susan got a roast beef – equally good, with fresh, crunchy cole slaw.

How can you beat this? A very tempting dessert case filled with black-and-whites, rugelah, cheesecake, pies, cookies and pastries calls at you before you even sit down. Next to that is the prepared foods case. All around is kitsch – toys, collectibles, antiques and tchotckes all over the walls and on shelves. It’s so homey, you almost feel like taking your shoes off and feel compelled to take your dishes to the sink when you’re done.

Choose a booth or one of the many tables in the airy, bright spot where everybody’s treated like family.

My warmed brisket sandwich was stuffed a mile-high with the most tender brisket – I don’t do better myself, and I’m great at brisket cooking. The thick rye bread it was on was heaven on its own. I can’t wait to go back and get a “side of bread” to slather with butter and enjoy something so simple. No food police in my neck of the woods can stop me.

The roast beef of Susan’s was equally tender, some medium rare, some more done, but none tough. Tarzi, Susan’s boyfriend, joined us late, and got a beautiful dish of fresh fruit.

Prices are reasonable – $10 got me a sandwich I really shouldn’t have finished, with great half-sour pickles, potato salad and a soft drink. Half of the sandwich should have come home, but I was more than hungry this noon – and, it was just too good not to do. Wish I had had room for a black-and-white or linzer cookie, but it just wasn’t going to happen after that huge sandwich.

Since I’m going to become a regular here, I’m sure I’ll get to try one. Comment and tell me what you love here.

Seagull’s Diner

  • 891 Donald Ross Road (in Plaza la Mer), Juno Beach
  • 561- 775-1542
  • Open daily, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tags: Brunch and Breakfast · Where to Eat in Palm Beach County

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott Simmons // May 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    You know, Susan is right. I went there today and really enjoyed myself. What a lovely meal, and they offer small- and large-size sandwich portions, too. A small curry chicken salad sandwich was an ample portion. I really enjoyed it. I’ll be back!

  • 2 Scott Simmons // May 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Lovely lunch spot. I really enjoyed my curry chicken salad sandwich with grapes. A friend of mine stopped in an had a bowl of black bean soup that also was quite flavorful. I like that they offer large- and small-size sandwiches, too. My small sandwich was more than filling.

  • 3 eiluj // May 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I went there today based on your article and found it to be no threat to either Toojays or Sara’s Kitchen. Quantity yes, quality hmmm.

  • 4 Jan Norris // May 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I like the atmosphere and family presence – and most of the food I’ve tried. My pancakes the other morning were tough, however – but that was the only disappointment so far. (But I’ve only been twice.)

  • 5 eiluj // May 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    You should try Sara’s Kitchen some time. It is where Murphy’s once was at USI and PGA Blvd.
    They serve breakfast all day along with other menu items -they close at 3pm during the week. The quality of the food is excellent and it is ultra tidy and clean.

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