St. Augustine has a diner that all the locals know but only some tourists stumble upon. Georgie’s Diner is instantly recognizable as you drive down Malaga Street and just like diners across the nation, they serve breakfast all day plus a hodgepodge of American classics. The bonus at Georgie’s? They offer Greek specialties as well- but you have to know which ones to order.
We’ve been enjoying Georgie’s for years. My favorite dish is the Greek Omelet at breakfast (mmm… I love all that feta!). On our last visit, most of us ordered from the dinner menu.
We started with onion rings.
There were enough in the basket for all 7 of us in the corner booth to dip 3 or 4 in our respective pools of ketchup. These aren’t the hand-battered variety, but they were hot & crisp and kept the kiddos happy while we waited for dinner.
Georgie’s is one of three restaurants owned by the Chryssaidis family. I love Athena Restaurant and think Cafe Alcazar serves one of the best lunches in town! Since the family’s roots are in Greece (they even make their own olive oil there!), we decided to order from the Greek portion of the menu.
Lauren and Timothy ordered the Lamb Souvlaki with fries ($10.50). They loved it. The traditional tzatziki sauce complimented the lamb beautifully. Centuries of tradition prove their wisdom again!
I was not so lucky. I was very excited to see Mousaka ($11.95) on the menu. I love Athena Restaurant’s Mousaka and anticipated the dish of tender eggplant, seasoned beef and creamy mashed potatoes. Instead of tender eggplant, mine was charred to a crisp- I couldn’t even slice through the eggplant with a knife!
Our waitress took my plate back to the kitchen with apologies. When she returned with another serving, my Mousaka’s eggplant base had been replaced with overcooked penne pasta. I guess the whole pan was unsalvageable & chef was trying to be creative. I nibbled the mashed potato end of the mousaka but was disappointed… the eggplant is what makes this dish so special! Without it, my dinner was more like my southern grandma’s goulash than a hearty Greek staple. Nice try, sir, but next time just fess up and I’ll order the Greek Omelet as my replacement and leave happy instead of hungry.
None of my kiddos left hungry. Andrew had his heart set on french toast and his eyes lit up when this arrived:
He ate every bite! We also had a plate of pancakes (the littles said they were good). In fact, we had more plates than would fit at our table… but with 6 kiddos, that’s not an uncommon experience.
Georgie’s Diner is a great choice for breakfast and most other dishes (grilled cheese, reuben sandwich, burgers) are predictable diner fare. We never have to wait for a table and service is friendly if not speedy. But if you’re there for dinner and the Greek menu looks tempting, order with care… or just stick with the Greek Omelet then hit Athena Restaurant another night!
100 Malaga Street
7 am – 9 pm Sunday – Thursday
7 am – 10 pm Fridays & Saturdays