When times are lean, I’m a cooking machine.

At certain rough spots on the road of life, I’ve tied on an apron and done my time on the cooking line. I’ve cooked in a wide variety of places, but the best gigs have always been diners.

I have a soft spot for ‘em. Pure Americana, the timeless diner comforts its guests by typically providing a predictable and generous menu offering classic fare without pretention.

Perhaps I’ve just got my soft filter Kerouac-ian sentimentality in overdrive, but nothing beats sliding into a booth and knowing that I won’t be seeing an overly excited male cheerleader with fifty points of flair trying to push his corporate master’s idea of foodie appeal – some kind of unnecessarily complicated sandwich or bundled meal deal – while I wait for the fake old bric-a-brac to pull itself off the wall and come smashing down on a relatively nice family from Iowa.

That isn’t going to happen at Christo’s Café in College Park. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will find all of the time-honored diner menu options here, along with a few surprises (catfish or tilapia with your eggs, no problem). How about the disappearing dodo of the breakfast menu, corned beef hash? It’s here.  Liver and onions for dinner, because they roll like that.

Seating is a bit limited, but there’s a decent sized outdoor seating area just waiting for you, just so you can call your friends up north and inform them that you are having your deep-fried French Toast al fresco while they are shoveling snow.

Christo’s is about home style, and there’s pride with every dish. Portions are more than ample for the price. If you go with breakfast, I would suggest the home fries over the hash browns. Just trust me. For the vegetarian crowd, they’ve put together a number of options (wrap, burger, platter) and beyond that, I have no doubt they’ll be happy to put something special together for you.

Christo’s Café
1815 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL

M-F: 6:30am – 9pm
Sat: 6:30am – 3pm
Sun: 7am – 3pm

About The Author

Tom Lucas has been an Orlando resident for the past four years. Now that he owns a house here, he plans to make the best of it. He is also the author of Leather to the Corinthians.