Times Square Diner - Melbourne/Suntree - 4 1/2 Stars
I am a Florida native. Born and raised right here in the sunshine state. However, because I grew up with so many transplanted New Yorkers, people seem to think I am from there. I have only been to New York City one time in my life. It was in 1986. My father took me to the Carnegie Deli. I was floored by the monster sandwich I received. So, when I noticed on the menu of Times Square Diner, "Carnegie" style, my eyes rolled back in my head. It turns out the cacography of this statement was false and the plaintive reason this is 4.5 stars instead of 5.
The meal I was served was amazing and I highly recommend it to my followers. I will say this, my server Caitlin, was unfocused and not dedicated to her work the morning I dined here. If I was the type of reviewer who penalized a restaurant for service they would have lost a star solely for her uninspired and quite frankly poor service. As everyone knows the Big Boy is all about the meal. I ordered the beef brisket sandwich. The brisket was so tender, juicy and flavorful my mouth is actually watering as I write this. It was served with a potato latke that while slightly overcooked was delicious.
What separates the men from the boys on the restaurant business are the side dishes. It takes time and energy to hand make side dishes. It's easier to call Sysco and say hey let me have that five gallon drum of disgusting cole slaw for $4.99 that serves 100 than buy the ingredients and make it. Well, Times Square makes their own slaw and their own pasta salad. The slaw had a tang to it that was a joy. The pasta salad was made with green tomatoes rolled in. It was truly divine. I took a tuna melt sandwich with me to go. I ate it for lunch. It stood up. It has fresh large chunks of tuna properly mixed and seasoned. The Big Boy says try it.