Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge

Coffee shop | Diner
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Worth a return
Michael Stern | June 11, 2017
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What you need to know about Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge: the cinnamon roll. Available in the morning only until that day’s batch has been eaten up, it is monstrously big and topped with so much sugary white frosting that there is enough to smother every forkful. I sat at a big breakfast table with a Roadfood “Worth the Detour” video crew of 6 people, and one single cinnamon roll provided enough warm, swirled dough and frosting for each of us to have our fill.

Also huge, if not as compelling, are Lil’ Jon’s pancakes: plate-size rounds that are thick and spongy and seemingly able to sop up infinite amounts of syrup. Continue reading

What you need to know about Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge: the cinnamon roll. Available in the morning only until that day’s batch has been eaten up, it is monstrously big and topped with so much sugary white frosting that there is enough to smother every forkful. I sat at a big breakfast table with a Roadfood “Worth the Detour” video crew of 6 people, and one single cinnamon roll provided enough warm, swirled dough and frosting for each of us to have our fill.

Also huge, if not as compelling, are Lil’ Jon’s pancakes: plate-size rounds that are thick and spongy and seemingly able to sop up infinite amounts of syrup. Biscuits and gravy is a monumental meal, too, the stout hunks of quick bread completely blanketed by 40w-70 peppered cream gravy.

The point is that Lil’ Jon is not for dainty epicures or Roadfood bec fins. I’ve only had breakfast, at which everything is plus-size, and I’m quite confident that lunch and dinner uphold the banner of blue-plate excess.

It’s a fun place for those of us who appreciate the cuisine of a vintage coffee shop. Coffee shop, I emphasize, for this counter-and-booth establishment is definitely not a coffee house at which brewing is an artisanal experience. No, the coffee here is what one person at our table jokingly dubbed “western style … because it’s been on the range all day.” It delivers caffeine, but in the most blatant way imaginable.

Now celebrating 50 years in business, Lil’ Jon is a big, boisterous enterprise with diner-style counter-and-booth seating, free-standing tables and chairs, and a lounge for knocking back adult beverages and watching sports on TV. Plus Saturday night karaoke starting at 9. If coming for breakfast on a weekend morning, expect to wait for a seat; but the wait is seldom as bad as it looks.

Punctuation nerds: Earn a gold star if you can explain the apostrophe at the end of Lil’. I cannot.

Dishes to try
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Must-Try
Several people at the table had eaten their fill but only put a dent in the cinnamon roll.
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Bacon & Eggs
Bacon & Eggs
Bacon, more bacon and eggs
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken-fried steak, blanketed with peppery cream gravy
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict are topped with thin Hollandaise sauce.
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Western Omelet
Western Omelet
Diner-good western omelet, with classic hash browns
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Pancakes
Pancakes
Lil' Jon's thick, plate-size flapjacks sponge up syrup by the pint.
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Coffee
Coffee
Thick mugs are refilled throughout breakfast with diffident coffee.
Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge, Ground Sirloin & Eggs
Ground Sirloin & Eggs
Breakfast #5 (served any time) features a patty of grilled sirloin, aka hamburger. The best thing on this plate is the good hash browns.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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