WHY WE WENT: Hurricane Sandy and more talk of potential flooding got us to thinking about all those stalwarts in the food business who rose up and rebuilt after the last inundation. (Fortunately, we avoided a repeat performance this year.) Andy's has been rebuilt and redecorated and is looking better than ever.
STYLE OF FOOD: The name doesn't lie. This is a classic, chrome-plated diner serving typical but tasty diner-car offerings as well as catering fare in an attached private room, which is also often open to accommodate overflow crowds or large groups. Pancakes and French toast are early-meal house specialties as well as a host of egg dishes, including multiple omelets. The dinner menu contains a host of diner favorites, from homemade meatloaf and open-faced sandwiches to roast beef and roasted Tom Turkey as well as a couple of chicken dishes. Burgers and melts are plentiful, too, and fun pub fare makes up a nice starters menu.
DRESS & D√?COR: Casual as they come.
SERVICE: Speedy for the food. But keep after the coffee, which was just a bit elusive.
DON'T-MISS DISH: The Silk City Special ($5.49) gives you two buttermilk pancakes – huge! – two eggs and choice of meat. If you're asking for cheese in scrambled eggs, request cheddar: Ours was plentiful and oozing out of eggs that looked like a mini omelet. The River Street Special (also $5.49) is two slices of Andy's Original Sweet French Toast (dipped in sweet batter as opposed to regular egg batter), grilled and topped with melted butter and powdered sugar. (The traditional version adds the syrup, but we didn't miss it.) Other pancake choices are tempting: peanut butter chip, strawberry cakes and corn cakes.
SPECIALTY BEVERAGES? Yep, the house iced tea here is lime-citrus and quite delicious. Refills are free.
PRICES: Budget-conscious: $4 to $5 for breakfast; $8 to $10 for dinner.
LOGISTICS: Easily accessible on a large lot on River Street. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sundays.
THE LOCATION: 1335 North River St., Plains Township. Easily reachable from the Cross-Valley Expressway and the Eighth Street Bridge in Wyoming.
CONTACT: 570-829-9444 for menu orders; 570-650-2828 for catering. Check out the full menu at www.andysdiner.com.
ON THE HORIZON: Next week, see what the newly rebuilt J J Banko's Seafood in Nanticoke has been up to post-flood.