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Breakfast at the Scenic Diner

We love places like the Scenic 90 Diner, in Pensacola, Florida, where local people go to meet and exchange news and gossip and to “chew the fat”. This diner was no exception. They had great breakfast foods – the $3.99 Scenic Special had two eggs, any way you like them, grits or fried potatoes, toast or biscuit, and you could add bacon or sausage for just a little more. They also had a fruit bowl and a granola/yoghurt special for the tennis Moms, but it looked to me like most of them were having the eggs special, too.

The outside looks like an old fashioned (but very modern and upscale) diner:

The interior was equally stylish:

And here were some friendly locals, willing to have their photos taken. They had never heard of “blogs” before:


You can see some of the black and white photos the owner has used to decorate the diner in the background. The food was excellent, individually prepared, the service was also good, and the entire experience reminded us of how good it is to have places in communities where people can gather or even just run into one another to catch up on local news. Prices were reasonable, although not as inexpensive as the chains – Denny’s, Waffle House, etc. We also really like it when the police are a part of the community, and not someone to be afraid of. The Scenic 90 Diner also serves lunch and dinner.

April 14, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Blogging, Bureaucracy, Community, Cooking, Customer Service, Diet / Weight Loss, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida


  1. Very nice place and very nice pictures !!
    I especially liked the one with the overweight cops having coffee ,, couldnt find the doughnuts though guess they had eaten them allready ! 🙂

    Comment by Abdulaziz | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Good morning, Abdulaziz. You immediately picked out one thing that struck my husband and I – there are a LOT of overweight people in Florida, and in the US altogether. Portions are too big. People eat out a lot. It’s a lethal combination.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  3. I always thought those places are great to visit! I haven’t been in such places, maybe few in Finland but they are not like the ones you have there! I think some year I’ll just be going to north America and ride for 3 months around! I’ll have to do it first here in Europe, and I think I have to wait till my girl and is 18! So I have time to save money and plan!
    Your pictures are beautiful! 😉

    Comment by noracassandra | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  4. The place looks a bit too “bling” 😛

    And they’ve never heard of a blog!!!!?!?!?


    Comment by kinano | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. Noracassandra – oh! what fun you will have. And meanwhile, you can explore and plan on the net, and with GoogleEarth!

    Kinan – dying laughing!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Nice food

    Comment by Joe | July 28, 2007 | Reply

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