Review: Lost City Diner

IMG_2174The Lost City Diner, located across the street from “The Charles” theater, is a small eye catching retro urban diner/luncheonette.   The interior is colorful and quirky with an old-style counter as well a dozen booths and tables, big classic science fiction movie posters and even a rocket ship hanging from the pressed tin ceiling.

 IMG_2165

The menu is equally quirky and eye catching and will take you time to read through.

lostcitydier_monstermenu

In addition to breakfast/brunch food (most $7-$10) available all the time, there’s a mix of appetizers ($6-$11), burgers (Most $8-11 but the $18 “Monster” 1 lb burger with 4 slices of cheese, smoked bacon and a stack of onion rings deserves mention), assorted deli-type sandwiches (most $9-$14), and entrees (Most $11-$15).    There’s another whole two big page  menu dedicated just to desserts ($4-$9) and “fountain service” ($5-$8 including specialty drinks like shakes, “egg creams”, “floats”, etc.).  FYI – Lost City Diner has special soy-based, vegan friendly ice cream made just for them (starting at $2/scoop and available in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry)

.

IMG_2167

On a cold winter evening, we decided to start with some “made here” soup ($5/cup).  John’s vegan chili was awesomely spicy and good and topped with some chopped raw onion (It strongly reminded him of the vegan chili at dearly departed Zodiac – which made sense in hindsight since Lost City Diner is owned by the same people who owned the kaput Zodiac as well as the Club Charles <Wink>)   Marty found his beef macaroni soup (with lots of veggies) hearty and satisfying.   Our soups arrived less than piping hot – but our waiter Nico quickly resolved that issue for us.  Both soup and chili earned an unqualified “Thumbs Up!” from us.

LostCityDiner_Chickenmenu

For our main course, John ordered Vivian’s Fried Chicken ($14) – this included two huge breaded and pan fried chicken breasts with “made here” mashed potatoes with gravy and a sizeable biscuit plus a side salad.

IMG_2172The chicken was tasty but a huge portion (John took one breast home!); the mashed were clearly not “instant”.  The iceberg lettuce salad seemed appropriately “retro” while the biscuit was unfortunately as dense as it was big  with decided “hockey puck” potential.

IMG_2170

Marty went with a Chicken Parm sub sandwich with chips ($9); with breaded, fried chicken tenders with barely a teaspoon of tomato sauce and barely that amount of melted cheese, it proved disappointing  (Fortunately, Marty found the attentive, friendly and twinky-cute Nico the waiter a great distraction!)

Marty and Nico

Marty and Nico

From prior visits, we would recommend the Meat Loaf entrée ($12) and the Jayne Mansfield breakfast ($10 – featuring two “sunny side up” eggs in a suggestive pose) but had bad luck with an eggplant parm sub sandwich which proved disturbingly salty).

lostcitydiner_jaynemenu

While we’ve had a “roll of the dice” experience with food that we’ve sampled at the Lost City Diner, the retro atmosphere, the great service and home made soups get a “Thumbs Up” from us.  The Lost City Diner could pitch hit nicely when we get nostalgic cravings for Zodiac’s vegan chili or looking for a fun place to grab a late meal on Friday and Saturday nights.

 Facts:   Lost City Diner; Station North;   1730 N. Charles Street; (410) 339-LOST (5678);  http://lostcitydiner.com.com;  No alcohol  but no “corkage” fee for BYOB;  Vegetarian and Vegan options; breakfast options available all the time; on-street parking only;  Last visit:  Jan 13, 2014

Lost City Diner on Urbanspoon

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s