The Digs: This place is a causal eating environment, just one step above a high school cafeteria. Luckily, the restaurant opted for comfy booths instead of those backache-causing benches. It's pretty crowded, filled with friends, couples and families. There's no distinct theme, but a sunny, happy vibe is definitely palpable.
The Dish: Winter Garden Restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinner items on its menu. They close at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. on Sundays), so I don't know who would be ordering dinner this early but I guess ya never know. The selections were all simple, including eggs, omelets, sandwiches and various side items.
I was torn between pancakes and a sandwich, and I ultimately went with the ham and egg sandwich on toast ($3.25). It was a simple combination of two eggs, a couple slices of warm toast and a slice of American cheese. It was tasty, but nothing I couldn't have made myself. It also came with a side of crispy hash browns. My guest ordered the extremely salty country ham steak with two eggs and a biscuit.
Since both dishes were pretty small (and cheap), we decided to order a short stack of chocolate chip pancakes ($3.25) and a chef's salad ($4.75). The pancakes were soft and moist, but they didn't have many chocolate chips and they weren't evenly dispersed. The salad was fresh and included shredded cheese, ham, turkey, tomato and a hardboiled egg.
The Damage: This place should have been a "Cheap Eats" segment, considering how much food you can get for so little money. Between the two of us, my guest and I consumed a sandwich, hash browns, eggs, a ham steak, a biscuit, pancakes, a salad and two glasses of orange juice for just under $20. Granted the portions aren't huge, but that's still a whole lot of food.
The Deduction: Winter Garden Restaurant may not have the classiest atmosphere or the highest quality cuisine, but they have low prices, friendly service and the most down-to-earth spirit of any diner I've ever come across.