Finding comfort food is easy; the trick is to locate a place that never stopped serving it. These five eateries combine atmosphere and value with classic home-cooked goodness.
Howley’s Restaurant | West Palm Beach
This restored, vintage diner was opened by Patrick Howley in 1950 and now offers something for everyone. Meatloaf and fried chicken coexist on the menu alongside seared ahi tuna, and breakfast is served all day.
The local mantra: “Cooked in sight, must be right.” (561-833-5691, facebook.com/HowleysDiner)
Green’s Pharmacy and Luncheonette | Palm Beach
If you doubt Palm Beach is a small town at heart, cross the threshold of Green’s. The place looks pretty much the way it did in 1938: a combination of formica counters and booths, an active milkshake machine and a room full of what used to be described as “sundries.” One bite will tell you why JFK used to sneak away from his Secret Service detail for a burger, fries and shake. (561-832-0304)
A JFK staple
Scully’s Restaurant | Boynton Beach
Kid-friendly, dog-friendly, indoor or outdoor seating, open from dawn until late in the evening, nightly prime rib, affordable prices—what’s not to like about Scully’s? If nothing else, drop by for a Scullyburger: seven ounces of freshly ground beef served with fries, cole slaw, pickle, lettuce, tomato and onion, starting at $6.99. (561-733-4782, scullysrestaurant.com)
The Green Owl Restaurant | Delray Beach
Founded in 1981, the Owl has survived long after many trendy restaurants have come and gone. The secret? Large portions of high-quality food at prices that make you think you’re back in 1981. Plan your visit carefully, because the Owl closes at 3 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Sundays. Eat at a table or the old-fashioned counter, occupy your time while waiting for your order by counting the owls (there are nearly 300 of them) and don’t gossip—the motto is, “What happens at The Green Owl goes all over Delray.” (561-272-7766)
Gun Club Café | West Palm Beach
Located down the street from the county jail, this self-described “American diner with a Southern flair” has been serving sizable breakfasts, homemade soups and chili, and overstuffed sandwiches to a loyal clientele for nearly a quarter-century, and you won’t find anything on the menu for more than $10. Finish with a piece of freshly baked pie. (561-471-0879, gunclubcafe.com)