City Diner (West Palm Beach)

Posted on October 29th, 2011 · American Desserts West Palm Beach


***** City Diner, 3400 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405, (561) 659-6776.

If- like me, you are a sucker for the faux-1950’s diner concept—you will absolutely love City Diner in West Palm Beach. It’s got it all… vinyl/formica booths, red checkerboard tile, vinyl covered stools, counter seating, old tvs with black & white shows, jukebox, oldies music, old signs, assorted old-“crap” (in the nice sense) on the walls and hanging from the ceiling— breakfast stuff, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, malts/milkshakes/sundaes. Unlike Johnnie Rocket type “chains”- City Diner is a “mom & pop” deal, so for good or bad, every decoration is a one-off…

Just so we are on the same page, nothing fancy going on here. City Diner serves really solid basic “diner” food.

A recent outing had me doing… bacon cheeseburger, french fries, onion rings, meatloaf, philly cheesesteak sub, chicken pot pie, chocolate milkshake. Like I said before, I’m a sucker for joints like this…they sort of take me back to a “simpler” time, when I didn’t have to wakeup worrying about Greece’s economy—back then, I really had no fears- because I knew that P.S. 179’s wooden desks would shield me from a Russian nuclear attack. Anyway…everything I ate was right on the money. A special shoutout to the chicken pot pie, one of the best I’ve had in a very long time.

Let me sum City Diner up this way…I loved it. I knew it wasn’t really 1957, but the food/decor/vibe made me recall my dad’s 1956 Olds 88 and an easier-way of living.

City Diner is open Sunday-Monday 8am-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-8:30pm.

7 Comments to “City Diner (West Palm Beach)”

  1. PS says...

    Hey Jeff,
    ive been reading you forever! you went to Ps179, you have to try Ps561, my hot dog truck!


  2. Cary says...

    Cary Winters
    Subject: Payzins?

    Message Body:
    Jeff, a few weeks ago we went to Payzins, with a coupon. Doors locked, no sign on door. Tried calling a few times since and it just rings, no message. I even E-Mail’d them but no reply. Do you know if they’re out of business?
    Thank you,

    • kl says...

      cary, out of business.

  3. ALAN says...

    From: ALAN
    Subject: SUGGESTIONS

    Message Body:
    enjoy your website
    our friends are vegetarians and looking for nicer place for dinner on sat night
    in boynton, boca, or delray?

    suggestions please

  4. JeffEats says...


    Just had a chance to read your post.

    Checkout- Darbster Bistro,

    It’s terrific.

    Thanks for reading…

  5. HTR says...

    always jammed on sunday for breakfast.
    real neighborhood feel.
    been eating there for years.

  6. Bea says...

    City Diner really takes you back …the food and atmosphere, is really a great place to go for a great meal. Exceptional and really different.

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