Lester's Diner - Ft Lauderdale, Florida
by The Perkins
Sign in front of dinner
I like dining out. The whole family does. And we love finding new and interesting places to eat. For Ft Lauderdale, Lester's Diner was the absolute best.
Lester's is one of those places where no matter what you are in the mood for, they've got it. It's a 60's style diner complete with oversized booths and neon lights. When you walk in, you are greeted by a huge rotating display of absolutely breathtaking cakes and pies. Their banana cream pie has got to be 8” tall! And don't get me started on the cheesecake. Or the Black Forest Cake. Or the chocolate silk.
The diner has been there forever, and we have seen several local celebrities dining there. We must have gone to Lester's 20 times in the months we stayed in Ft Lauderdale. The great part about Lester's is the wide variety of people that it attracts. From blue collar workers to wealthy business men, they are all there, enjoying the great food at great prices and the atmosphere.
The kids menu is terrific. For around $4 for lunch or dinner the kids get an entree, a drink, and a dessert. And the kids meals are not the typical chicken strips or cardboard pizza. The kids can choose from items such as burgers, filet of sole, cheese sticks, and spaghetti and meatballs, among others. For dessert they can have ice cream, pudding or Jell-O.
The kids breakfast menu is a little on the light side, however. Our kids, ages 7 & 8 generally order off the adult menu. Sometimes we'd get three breakfast entrees and split them!
But that's about the only part of Lester's that is small! The portion sizes are incredible! The diner features American foods, and a surprising array of Greek cuisine as well.
For lunch, our favorites are the chicken salad sandwich, chicken noodle soup, turkey club sandwich, or hamburger.
For dinner, favorites include Greek London Broil, salmon (we're at the beach, don't be afraid of the seafood! Its fresh and delicious), Seafood Platter, among others. They also have favorites such as meatloaf, chicken fried steak, and basically anything else you can think of.
There's too much food for dinner! And so many meals to choose from, literally hundreds of options. For dinner, you get homemade dinner bread, a choice of soup or regular or Greek salad, your entree, a couple sides, and some meals come with a drink and dessert included.
I love the Greek salad. The first time I ordered it, it came with a funny little green thing. We poked at it for a few minutes before I finally asked what it was (I felt a little stupid). Turns out it was a stuffed grape leaf, stuffed with a rice mixture. I'll tell you, this is an acquired taste. But, Lester's made me acquire it! Even Bubba liked them in the end.
Lester's is worth a special trip even if you are not in the area.
250 W State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315