Parks and Rec Diner

A couple of weeks ago, my bf and I went to Detroit to do a little sightseeing and meet my parents.  Detroit has turned into such a foodie city, and I was looking forward to trying out all the new places like the Parks and Rec Diner. No, it’s not a Parks and Rec show themed diner! It’s their way of paying respect to the Parks and Recreation Department, which spent 40 years in the building that houses this quaint and cute diner.

Parks and Rec Diner

We arrived around 10am, and seats were limited.  We sat at the counter (one of my new fav seating locations) ordered coffee, and perused the menu.

While I wanted one of everything on the menu (except eggs), we still had many places to try, so I tried to pick something that was going to be a little unique.  The bf kept things simple, and ordered the sausage, egg, and cheese sammy.  For those who desire a veggie option, you can swap the sausage for mushroom sausage.  That almost sounds good to this meat eater.

Parks and Rec Diner

Parks and Rec Diner

The not so small Sammy arrived with a pickle on top, and a deceptively large side salad.  Let’s go back to the pickle. I don’t ever think I’ve seen a breakfast sandwich with a pickle on, in, or nearby.  I chose to look at it as a cute and delicious garnish.  While my hatred of eggs prevented me from fully sampling the sammy, I did try a little piece of the biscuit which was decent.

Parks and Rec Diner

As I mentioned before, I wanted something a little unique, so I went for the make-your-own hash.  I asked for cheese, spinach, caramelized onion, and bacon.  That may not seem like I’m pushing the envelope, but for me, it was a step outside of the box.  Well, turns out that I ordered something unique indeed.  The bacon that topped the hash was lamb bacon! I didn’t know that lamb bacon existed.  At first, I thought it was the chopped potato, until I realized that my hash was more like a layered deconstructed hash.  There was a large hash brown on the bottom, covered with cheese, then spinach, caramelized onion, and lamb bacon.  How did it taste? Delicious!  The texture was something I would really need to get used to though.  It was cut thick like pork belly, and the fat was a lot tougher than a soft, buttery pork belly, but the flavor was very good.  This was a good first start for my food filled weekend.

 

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