The sign says ‘keepin’ it real’ and that’s just what former food-truckers, Simon and Anj, uphold in this original Niagara Falls landmark diner. Open since 1936, the Regal Diner, offers traditional breakfasts in genuine vintage style; this is a gentrification free zone. The best seat in the house is the one booth that sees sunlight at the front, where the bench seat surely has seen 1000 seats before.
Anj, the affable front-end host, dressed in original diner wear that makes corporate types nod in uniform sisterhood, scribbles orders and tweets salutations. Food wise, the menu is simple but well executed. Omelettes are french; folded, light and moist, served with fresh homemade bread and grape jelly, the sweet and savoury mix is spot on. The burgers, created by chef Simon Kelly, are rumoured to rival The Burger‘s Priest in Toronto, serious allegations that invite a visit to compare.