Clary’s on Abercorn is the quintessential American greasy spoon, serving breakfast all day long. Omelettes, sausage links, pancakes, grits, and coffee that never stops coming. Ah, American breakfast, how I missed thee!
When I moved to Germany in 2001, I was surprised by how little I missed from the States. Baseball, Reese’s Cups, Thanksgiving… not much else. But the big one was breakfast. Of course they eat breakfast in Europe, but not like we do! Six-egg omelettes stuffed with a farm. The Leaning Tower of Pancake. Cheap filter coffee served by scraggly women who call you honey. “Don’t they got the Waffle House in Europe?” No, they do not! They don’t got the Waffle House.
So when we returned to America and discovered Clary’s, I swooned. Just like any great diner, they’ve got all the old favorites, as well as some creative items on their menu. I’ve had both a classic ham-and-cheese omelette, as well as one filled with apples and cinnamon. The waitresses are just as you’d imagine, matronly and quick on coffee refills. And the prices are cheap. On Sunday mornings, Clary’s is always full, but since there are so many tables that you never have to wait long for a spot.
Lunch is great there, too. Or at least, the Reubens are. The first one I had at Clary’s was so good, I never tried anything else.