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Posted by bad food, big poritions, still over-priced on 09/19/2007
I watch a lot of Food Network TV. There's a show on there that's called Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The show visited a Diner in San Pedro called The Gaffey Street Diner. The food that they aired looked pretty darn good, and of course being a food critic...I would expect the host to be honest when it comes to food tasting, knowing that he has a wide audiance and fans that takes his word into great consideration. After seeing the dishes come out from the kitchen, my mouth couldn't help but water haha And just seeing the host consume the dish they called the 'John Wayne" I immediately wanted to go check out the place myself. I finally had a chance to today. I ordered the John Wayne and the Gaffey Street Diner Special. The John Wayne was a big plate with a tortilla on the bottom, home style fries stacked on top and eggs...Covered in Spanish Sauce and two sausage patties. The Gaffey Street Special was Spicy Churizo pork scrambled with eggs and cheese with a big helping of Home style fries. I have to give it to you, the host should win an academy award for best actor of the year. The way his eyes rolled back when he took the first bite of the home fries and how he slowly put down his fork and took a deep breath and said "Wow, this is just amazing! Delicious! I've never tasted something like this before." I must say, he got me there. I was pretty convinced that the food was really out of this world...UNTIL the day I went to Gaffey's myself. I have to agree, I've never tasted anything like this before! I guess it's because I've never tasted my own crap. And he's right, it is amazing! It's amazing how a bunch of people can't taste out fragments of their own waste, and pay $8 a plate for something they can get out of the toilet. Let me put it this way, I drove 20 miles on the FREEWAY to get to this place. Paid about $8 a plate for pretty much home fries which is way over priced and ended up spending about $25 + Tip + Gas + Time for something I can easily make at home that would at least be bearable to eat. As you can see, I'm pretty upset at the Food Network! I've been mislead and I'm dissapointed.
Posted by Long Beach Boyz on 08/27/2007
After seeing Gaffey Street Diner reviewed on FoodTV, we went. Our mistake was to go on Saturday. We waited almost an hour. It ultimately was worth the wait, but next time, we'll go during the week. The food was great, and portions were huge. I had the Harbor omelette. It had shrimp and scallops along with spinach and swiss cheese. I passed on the "Krab". I would rather pay more, and have real crab. Great potatoes, wonderful salsa. Truly great food. My partner had ham and eggs that were done to perfection. The ham was a complete ham steak! Service was wonderful, quick and fun! With the new customers from the FoodTV show, I would think that it's time to fluff the place up a little. It needs some better atmosphere and a lower temp setting on the air conditioner! It was hot in there! We will definitely be back.
Posted by English Lover on 08/24/2007
Hey, Diner Betty, you say the food was only so-so, but the service was "awesome" -- Could you elaborate about what raised the service to this level?
Posted by Diner Betty on 07/02/2007
Saw this place on the Food Network. I was ready to grub and have to say I was NOT impressed. I will give it another try, maybe it was bad day. My biscuit was dry and dense like a hockey puck. I had Chili verde and eggs and it was just OK, The portions are huge and the prices are great. Service was awesome and the place was clean and bigger than I expected. I guess I was missing something. Like I said I would go back one more time.
Posted by jpmbz on 01/21/2007
Great food, huge portions at a great price. You can't go wrong here. My kids love it too!