Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans has been visited and reviewed by every major food network and blog there is. Tastes Like Travel normally tries to visit those unknown, out of the way, Mom and Pop places that get missed by the main stream media. However, Willie Mae’s is know…
Kissimmee Florida, just outside of Orlando, is an old Florida kinda place. No large tourist crowds and no theme parks, just a clean, busy downtown with lots of charm and art in public places. Located in this historic downtown Kissimmee is Joanie’s Diner, an old style home-cooking kinda place. Joanie’s is now run by the two daughters of namesake Joanie. And they are keeping tradition alive by serving classic comfort foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The town’s old timers spend their mornings here, and I bet many residents stop in frequently. Joanie’s is the place where everyone knows your name- and probably who your parents are and the wild stories from your youth!
Tastes Like Travel stopped in one morning for brunch, and sat in a booth across from the picture windows giving a great view of the street for people-watching. We ordered the mushroom swiss cheeseburger and the club sandwich. While we waited I chatted up one daughter, our waitress, who gave me a tour of the pieces of local history hanging on the walls near our booth. Kissimmee is part of old central Florida history that goes back to native Americans. Lots to discover!
When our orders arrived we were pleasantly surprised at the size of the portions. They were normal sized! The club was made on regular size bread and the hamburger was about a 2-3 ounce portion on a 4 inch bun. What most now consider ‘small’ but which are really normal portion sizes. The Club came with classic potato chips and in a nod to healthier food choices the burger came with sweet potato fries. Everything was cooked as we had ordered, they are not afraid of a medium-rare burger order. We ate everything and it was just the right amount to tide us over until our next meal without feeling stuffed. And the best part is that the prices reflected the size of the portions. A very good deal!
120 Broadway # 103, Kissimmee, FL
(407) 933-0519 ?