The sign states “American Cuisine with a Greek Accent”- we were tired, we were hungry so we decided to give it a shot. So glad we did. We were in Sebring, Florida- a town 87 miles south of Orlando and 93 miles east of Tampa. When we searched Yelp for a nearby eatery, the Lakeview Restaurant and Lounge popped up nearby but when we arrived we found the place was now called the Palm Diner.
The menu is pretty straight forward as far as a typical diner goes, breakfast with eggs, pancakes and French toast, for lunch they serve sandwiches, burgers and salads, and dinner brings pasta, spinach pie, steaks and broiled seafood. There is also a small appetizer menu and since we were hungry we started with the Bruschetta (this will shock you if you read The Hungry Sprout on a regular basis as we never order the Bruschetta- OK- just kidding- we get the Bruschetta everywhere we go.)
The Bruschetta was pretty good. The tomatoes and onions were blended well with some garlic and basil. It was served quickly, so quickly that I immediately had to wonder if it had just been sitting back there in a container for days just waiting for someone to order it- but if it was it sure didn’t taste like it. It tasted fresh and really delicious.
For lunch I decided to tap into the “Greek accent” side of the diner and ordered the grilled chicken souvlaki. A chicken souvlaki is always pretty basic- grilled chicken, onions, lettuce and tomatoes. What can make or break the perfect souvlaki is the tzatziki sauce. I personally do not think anything can have too much of this yogurt, cucumber, lemon and dill sauce. I LOVED the tzatziki sauce at the Palm Diner. I love that the souvlaki sandwich is usually always so messy. The Palm Diner quite possibly has pulled off one of the best souvlaki sandwiches ever.
Chad took the more traditional diner approach. He ordered the tuna melt. If you absolutely must have relish in your tuna than you will not like this sandwich. However, if you are like Chad and myself who prefer pickles on the side than you will love this sandwich. Often places try to complicate the most simple of recipes, but the Palm Diner kept it pretty down to Earth- just tuna salad, cheese and a slice of tomato.
The atmosphere is pretty standard for a diner. Plain. Ordinary. Out of style. However, if you judge this book by its cover you will miss out on a great meal. Four sprouts out of five. While the food was standard but outstanding, the place could use a little décor update.