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Delma's Diner

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Delma's Diner is located on Central Avenue near Fuller Road. It shares a parking lot with the Kurver ice cream shop. The location may sound familiar as the previous site of Pancho's Mexican Restaurant.

When you walk into Delma's, the decor is confusing to say the least. So much of the Mexican theme remains, including the layout, the hacienda style stucco above the booths, the colorful seatbacks of the booths, and matching colorful carpet. The new restaurant is supposed to be Italian themed, but the only signs of that are the window treatments that clash with the rest of the decor.

We were seated promptly, and immediately greeted by our waitress. She was very friendly, conversational without it being too much, and she really knew the menu. We were impressed.

The actual menu at Delma's took us on another journey of confusion. There was diner fare, Mexican fare, and Italian fare all made by an Italian chef. There's no real clear focus, which begs the question of what do they specialize in? It also lends itself to a very large , and overwhelming menu.

We decided on breakfast. I ordered the homemade Challah Bread French Toast with a side of Bacon ($7). Brian ordered the Belgian Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream plus a side of Bacon ($9). We were asked how we liked our bacon cooked. I ordered mine less than crispy, and Brian ordered his crispy. I was also intrigued by their homemade Corned Beef Hash and ordered a side of that as well ($4). Curiously enough, Delma's also keeps the canned Corned Beef Hash on stock as well. I'm not sure why. I know if I had a choice between canned and homemade, I'd choose homemade every time.

Onto the food! Our dishes arrived very quickly. The homemade Challah was delicious. However, the French Toast component of the dish had some missteps. This was another case of the bread being barely dipped into the egg batter, rather than soaked through. The center was untouched by the batter. Honestly, the main reason I did end up enjoying the dish so much was because the inherent custard moistness of the homemade Challah helped make up for the lack of batter distribution.

Brian enjoyed his Belgian Waffle, and the fresh strawberries had a nice balance of sweetness ad tartness. I didn't enjoy my bacon so much. It arrived crispier than I ordered it. For the first time, in a longer time than I can remember, I did not finish a plate of bacon. Brian enjoyed his. Both plates came out crispy, so it was exactly as he'd ordered.

The Corned Beef Hash was intriguing. It had a "melt in your mouth" crispiness and wonderful flavor. The oddity came when we noticed how greasy the hash was. It almost seemed as if it had been deep fried, and that's what puzzled us the most. The hash was also prepared with peppers and onions, but they were subtle enough to provide a delicate sweetness and not overpower the dish.

Overall, our visit was better than anticipated. We weren't sure what to expect, and there were some bumps, but solid homemade dishes combined with exceptional service made for a very pleasant breakfast experience.

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Homemade Challah Bread French Toast w/ Bacon Belgian Waffle w/ Strawberries & Whipped Cream
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Homemade Corned Beef Hash Bacon