Breakfast: Mike’s City Diner & JJ’s Caffe

Find pancakes the size of your head at Mike’s, and eat at one of America’s Top Hundred places to eat in Brockton.

Breakfast: Mike’s City Diner & JJ’s Caffe

Find pancakes the size of your head at Mike’s, and eat at one of America’s Top Hundred places to eat in Brockton.

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WEBVTT >> AT MIKE’S CITY DINER IN BOSTON’S SOUTH END, THE OWNER DELIGHTS IN SERVING HUMONGOUS PORTIONS OF ALL AMERICAN BREAKFAST. SOME OF HIS AND SUSIE HAS COMES FROM HIS CHILDHOOD IN WAR-TORN LEBANON, WHERE FOOD WAS SCARCE. HIS RAGS TO RESTAURANT STORY AS HE CALLS IT IS CHRONICLED IN A BOOK HE WROTE IN 2017. PART AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND PART COOKBOOK FILLED WITH RECIPES SHAPING HIS FOOD PHILOSOPHY. HOME HUNGRY. THAT WAS OUR THING FROM DAY ONE. HUGE PORTIONS, GREAT FOOD, HOMEMADE COOKING. >> HE CALLED HIS DINER FARE OLD-SCHOOL, BOLD, BOUNTIFUL. FRENCH TOAST PILED WITH FRESH FRUIT IS MADE FROM FIVE PIECES OF EGG-DIPPED FRENCH BREAD. THEN CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, A BREAKFAST PICASSO. EGGS BENEDICT TOPS WITH HOLLANDAISE SAUCE AND THE SIZE OF THE PANCAKES IS NOTHING TO SCOFF AT. >> THEY ARE THE SIZE OF YOUR HEAD. THEY ARE SO BIG. SOMETIMES YOU RECOMMEND PEOPLE NOT GETTING THE FULL ORDER AND DON’T LISTEN, THEN THEY ARE SHOCKED. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO YOU. >> FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON HAS DINED AT MIKE’S, AND CELEBRITY CHEF GUY THEORY DROPS BY WHEN HE IS IN TOWN. BUT IN GENERAL THIS PLACE IS PACKED WITH SOUTH END LOCALS WHO KNOW THE FOOD WE BE PIPING HOT AND ON THE TABLE IN SEVEN MINUTES GUARANTEED. WE DO 600 PEOPLE IN A WEEKEND DAY EACH WEEKEND DAY. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 450 PEOPLE ON AVERAGE. IT IS A SMALL PLACE. IT IS HECTIC. WE ARE ALL WORKING HARD. >> IF YOU ARE FOR THE QUIET SOLITUDE OF MOURNING, MIKE’S IS NOT THE PLACE. THIS DINER HUMS. >> WE HAVE AWESOME REGULARS THAT COME IN ALL THE TIME WHO ARE LIKE FAMILY TO US. PEOPLE WILL JUST TALK ABOUT THE PERSON NEXT TO THEM ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE EATING AND BEFORE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FRIENDS. >> A FEW MONTHS AGO, JJ’S CAAFE IN BROCKTON RECEIVED A MAJOR SHOUT OUT. THEIR LEGIONS HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS WOULD YELP PROCLAIMED. THIS BLUE-COLLAR BREAKFAST NOTE WAS NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP 100 PLACES TO EAT. THERE’S NOTHING BLUE-COLLAR ABOUT THE FOOD, PREPARED BY THE OWNER, FORMER EXECUTIVE CHEF AT BOSTON’S PARK PLAZA HOTEL. >> THE FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS, THAT IS WHERE YOU SEE, WOW. IT’S THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE IN GENERAL. >> THAT EXPERIENCE MEANS CONSTANTLY BEING SURPRISED BY SOME NEW CRAVE-WORTHY BREAKFAST TWISTS ON THE MENU. TAKE THIS SHRIMP CAKE BENEDICT WITH GUACAMOLE, WHOLE-GRAIN MUSTARD AND BABY ARUGULA. HIS SON SAYS THE CURRENT FAN FAVORITE IS ACTUALLY THE RESULT OF A MISTAKE. IT IS THE DEEP-FRIED CORN BEEF HASH BOMB WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE AND HOUSE MATE HOUSE SAUCE — HOT SAUCE. >> WE WOULD DO IT ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, MAYBE A WEEKEND, SPECIAL DAYS. THEN OUR CUSTOMERS KEPT RAVING ABOUT IT. YOU HAVE TO PUT IT ON THE MENU. EVENTUALLY WE DID AND NOW IT IS OUR NUMBER ONE SELLER. >> RIGHT UP THERE IS THE CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST HANGOVER BENEDICT. SO DUBBED BY A CUSTOMER WHO HAD A BIT TOO MUCH THE NIGHT BEFORE. WEEKDAY REGULARS RANGE FROM UTILITY WORKERS TO THE HEADS OF BROCKTON BANKS. ON WEEKENDS THEY GET LOTS OF DESTINATION DINERS, SOME COMING FROM TWO HOURS AWAY AFTER READING THE BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA. >> ALL WE DO IS TRY AND PUT SMILES ON PEOPLE’S FACES. WE TRY AND MAKE SURE THEY LEAVE HAPPY. THEY WILL DO THE MARKETING FOR US. THEIR FRIENDS WILL TELL THEIR FRIENDS. >> HERE IS WHAT THE PATRONS RAVE ABOUT. >> I LIKE THE ATMOSPHERE, ALL THE EMPLOYEES. AND THE STAR CHEF, OF COURSE. HE HAS MAGICAL HANDS. >> WHEN OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT HIM IS THE FACT THAT HE COMES AND ASKS YOU HOW YOU LIKED IT. HE HAS THAT HUMAN APPROACH AND I LOVE IT. >> IT WAS WONDERFUL. I EMPTIED MY PLATE. I AM FULL NOW. IT WAS GOOD. I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE ANYTHING BEHIND. >>. LIKES HIM PUT BACK FROM HIS DINERS. HE ASKS THEM ALL THE TIME WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT THE FOOD. >> WHICH ONES THEY LOVE AND WHICH ONES MIGHT NEED SOME TWEAKING. WHEN HE MAKES NEW DISHES HE WILL OFTEN GIVE UP HUNDREDS OF SAMPLES UNTIL HE KNOWS WHICH ONE IS A KEEPER. >> AND THEN IT GOES ON THE MENU. THEY CALL THEIR FAMOUS BREAKFAST

Breakfast: Mike’s City Diner & JJ’s Caffe

Find pancakes the size of your head at Mike’s, and eat at one of America’s Top Hundred places to eat in Brockton.

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