Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
The Triangle is a single building – a dazzling one, triangular in shape, 1960s in spirit – and it is two different restaurants, each with its own entryway. Up front is a dinner-only diner. In back is a lunchtime cafeteria.
The dinner menu includes wonderful steaks, fried shrimp (more about the fried than the shrimp), pork chops fried or broiled, and an array of sandwiches including thick-sliced fried bologna with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on toast. Next time I get this deliciously unctuous B(ologna)LT, I’ll ask for it on a bun. Toasted white bread isn’t sturdy enough to hold the substantial slab of meat and all its garnishes.
For dessert, there’s cake: Key lime cake (bright green), red velvet cake (bright red), hummingbird cake, coconut cake, and strawberry shortcake. Although the strawberry shortcake is topped with pseudo-whip and the syrupy topping shows little evidence of ever having been a berry, I found myself returning for more and more forkfuls, like it was some kind of addictive Little Debbie snack cake. On the other hand, red velvet cake is a no-excuses triumph, the cake itself cocoa-rich and not too sweet, so well abetted by an abundance of cream cheese frosting. Hummingbird cake with its double-tap salvo of pineapple and banana, plus nuts, will sate the most demanding sweet tooth. The cakes are moist and good on their own, but my waitress reminded me that they also can be had a la mode.
In back, service is cafeteria-style, not a buffet, meaning staff dishes out the food, which customers receive and put on a tray. (In other words, no other diners will be playing pattyfingers with your corn bread muffin.) It’s a meat-and-three affair, or meat-and-two or meat-and-one for meager appetites, where the day’s two or three entrees might be fried chicken, salmon patties, and meatloaf. The same impressive layer cakes are available here, as are bread pudding and Watergate salad. Although you do tote your own tray to a table, a staff of eager waitresses is always ready to help and to refill glasses of tea or lemonade.
Notes: Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11am – 2:00pm. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday starting at 5:30pm. While a steak dinner can cost $20 or more, lunch is under $10.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|