When my bowling league teammate Steve texted me earlier this week that he wanted to get together this morning to hand over his share of the loot to cement the trip to see our beloved New York Mets play the Cincinnati Reds next month at CitiField, I suggested Stella’s Diner for breakfast.
I month has gone by since our season at Bowling Green in Cicero has ended and a more than a month remains before that car trip to Flushing with my dear wife Karen and his lovely wife Kristen. It was time to hang and relive the glory of the Mets’ 11-game winning streak and anticipate how much fun we’ll have on that day trip.
Stella’s, a Syracuse landmark besides being the sponsor of one of the squads in our bowling league, is halfway between our Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood and their place in Mattydale.
It’s got the friendly vibe, too.
Steve told me he’d already checked in and signed his name on the waiting list yellow pad by the time I worked my way to his side.
We both knew it would be crowded at our meeting time of 9 a.m. Saturday.
We both were right. We moved left, moved right, ceding the right of way as done eating made their way to the exit. I told Steve the story about the time a year ago when I met a friend visiting from out-of-town at Stella’s and our waitress said neither of us had been there before, right? When I told her that indeed I’d eaten at Stella’s, a Syracuse guy for 30 years, she found that hard to believe because she’d never seen me at her station. I asked her if she worked every hour, every shift Stella’s was open. We laughed then, and Steve appreciated it now, considering that he works in the food service industry, recently moving over from Jimmy John’s to an assistant manager’s slot with Pizza Hut.
Before you knew it, a half-hour had gone by.
The hostess called “Steve,” and we were told to go the them empty table for two over to the right.
Service was quick and friendly. There’s a reason why everybody goes to Stella’s.
The food was fine, hot, tasty. The coffee was refilled or offered-to every time the cup was half gone.
There’s more than one reason why everybody goes to Stella’s.
We got to talk about our Mets and that trip to come before sitting down and between bites. When is captain David Wright coming back from injury, and will he ever be completely healthy and productive again? How long will Matt Harvey be able to hold up in this rebound season from Tommy John surgery, and what does so much rest between starts do to his pitching? How long can we stay above .500? Will we hit? Can we contend?
When we left at 10:30 a.m., the line to get a table was even longer than when I arrived, with people far out the front door.
I decided to hop around the premises and take some more iPhone 6 pictures, attempting to best capture the feel of the setting of old and new. The mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA sits just a block or two in one direction; old warehouses are adjacent. Off to the other direction the skyline of downtown Syracuse is evident.
Click on any photo in the gallery for a description. Click and hold on the bottom right photo for an enlarged slide show.
Here’s the link for Stella’s Diner’s site.
What’s your waiting limit time for breakfast at a diner? What’s your usual breakfast-out order? What’s your favorite photo, and why?