When I go into Carl’s Cafe, I feel like I am being transported into a diner from the 80’s. Not the in your face “Saved by the Bell” diner, but a foot of the canyon, ski bum diner. The good news here is that apparently someone forgot to tell Carl that this is 2013 and not the 80’s and food nowadays generally costs more. Sshhhhhhh. I won’t tell if you don’t. I can’t remember a time when I have found a place with such good food at an EXTREMELY affordable rate. The caveat here is that they don’t accept credit cards, so be sure to go with some cash on hand. You won’t need much of it.
I started out with a huge piping hot scone, that came with plenty of butter that melted immediately upon spreading. I then doused the scone with a healthy portion of honey. This scone easily beats any donut that I’ve ever had. It was amazing and only cost me $1.50. I was half tempted to just order 3 or 4 of these and call it good.
For my main plate I went with the Brighton Burger which I saw on the daily special whiteboard posted at the front of the restaurant. What I think Carl’s Cafe needs to do is move this beauty over into the everyday menu. I was told that the burger was an invention of the owner, and it had been a daily special for quite some time now. I’m trying really hard not to sound cliché right now, but this burger defies all description. They took two patties and spread jalapenos and cream cheese in the center of them. Then they took grilled pastrami and hunked it on top of the burger. There was so much meat, it spilled well outside the boundaries of the bun.
The only downside to Carl’s is the diner is quite small. I don’t think there were more than 15 tables in the entire place, so if you go during lunch time, be prepared to wait. I hit it up right around 11 and found a table just fine, but noticed there were a few parties that stuck their heads in, but then turned around and headed out because there was no room.
I loved Carl’s Cafe. It is one of those lunch time spots that has resisted change through the years. Even the menu’s look like they were taken right from the set of “Grease”. If you are looking for a delicious burger, omelette, or hot scone for crazy cheap prices, then look no further.