Avalon Diner

Coffee shop | Diner | Hamburgers | Ice Cream Parlor | Meat-and-Three | Pharmacy Lunch Counter | Sandwich Shop | Soda Fountain
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In the deluxe neighborhood of River Oaks, the Avalon Drug Store and Diner is evidence that even fancy people appreciate plebeian meals. A single inconspicuous door leads from pharmacy to a dining area where the lunchtime din is like a happy party – for singles, couples, and families. Clientele are white collar, blue collar, blue blood, and redneck. Business men toss their tie aprons over their shoulders to shelter them from burger-juice drippings; immaculately coiffed women with eye-popping manicures pick up fork and knife to slice into smothered pork chops and scoop up mustard greens and candied yams.

The lunch counter dates back to 1938, and although this location is a new one, the booths are upholstered in out-of-date white-piped green leatherette, and food is made the old fashioned way. At the counter you watch waitresses squeeze lemons for lemonade and make milk shakes at the five-wand multi-mixer. Shakes and malts are served in their mixing can, which arrives at your place with frost going three-quarters up the outside, indicating the liquid level within. They are thick enough that the waitress has to jiggle the silver beaker to encourage the stuff to pour out into a glass.

The Avalon is known for consummate lunch-counter hamburgers, served well-dressed with tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion, mustard, and mayonnaise. They are available with American cheese, of course, as well as with Swiss; and possible companions include French fries, chili fries, chili cheese fries, wet fries (topped with brown or cream gravy), and onion rings.

What to Eat
Avalon Diner, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
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Of course you want French fries with your cheeseburger.
Avalon Diner, Drugstore Chili (cup)
Drugstore Chili (cup)
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Chili at the Avalon is hearty stuff, Texan in that it lacks beans, but festooned with cheese, which chili purists disallow.
Avalon Diner, Lemonade
Lemonade
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Lemons are squeezed to order for this superb lemonade.
Avalon Diner, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
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A great shake, served in its silver beaker, which holds enough for nearly three glasses full.
Avalon Diner, Waffle
Waffle
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Here is a waffle the way we like it: thin, crisp, elegant, glistening with the tastebuds-thrilling mix of savory melted butter and sweet syrup.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7 am - 4 pm
Monday6:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesday6:30 am - 4 pm
Wednesday6:30 am - 4 pm
Thursday6:30 am - 4 pm
Friday6:30 am - 4 pm
Saturday7 am - 4 pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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