D’Nicio’s Parlour Restaurant
Today starts the recovery period. J and I have been go, go, go for the last five days. It started with a quick trip home to celebrate Christmas with my family because we’re not going to be able to make it home on Christmas day due to our work schedules.
After that, my brother and his family came to visit us. They have a two-year-old and a six-month-old. The two-year-old kept us going for the two days they were here.
We got up this morning and contemplated going out for breakfast, but my brother wanted to get on the road to avoid any snow that we were going to get today. With the little ones in the house, J and I got up much earlier than we normally would so were both tired. We sat on the couch and watched a few more episodes of Billy The Exterminator and The Price is Right then got moving so we could go get lunch.
We decided on a simple lunch and went to D’Nicio’s Parlour Restaurant on West Main Street near 9th Street in Oshtemo Township. The restaurant is owned by the same family that owns D’Nicio’s Coney Island in Battle Creek. They took over the former Parlour Restaurant and added the D’Nicio’s name to it. The restaurant is in a small strip mall in front of Menard’s. Other than the fact it’s in a modern development, the shop has the feel of a 50’s diner. The color scheme is pretty much all red and white. There are several lunch counters in the space and booths were waitresses don’t have to leave their lunch counter area. The rest of the space is filled in with more booths and tables. We were both a little surprised at just how big the place is. There is plenty of space and if you like the lunch counter feel, there’s a pretty good chance there will be an open seat just because there are so many of them.
We took a booth along one of the outside walls right in front of the ice cream area. Yup, they have an extensive ice cream and dessert menu. I keep using the word diner, but it’s actually more like an old soda fountain although I’m not 100% on whether they actually do soda’s….but they have almost any type of ice cream treat that your heart desires. Both lunch and breakfast menus are laminated and already on the table.
We pulled a couple lunch menus out although they do serve breakfast all day. A waitress spotted us and came over for drink orders. They have Pepsi products so I got a regular and J got a Diet.
No surprises from me. I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger and added an order of fries. The burger is probably a frozen patty that is topped with really crispy bacon and a slice of cheese. It’s served on a larger than normal food service type sesame seed roll. The sandwich is nothing fancy, but it is classic greasy spoon diner food. I’ve mentioned in every other blog I’ve done on small diners that I always seem to add a ton of salt to burgers from places like this and I did that here as well. My fries didn’t have much taste or salt on them so I added some more. I wiped the extra from my plate with the burger and it was so tasty although not good for my sodium intake for the day.
J ordered D’Nicio’s Sampler Platter. Like me, she loves places like this and goes straight for the good stuff on the menu. The fried food. The plate came with two chicken fingers, four onion rings, fries, cheese sticks, and a garden salad. The salad came out first. It was a pretty basic salad of iceberg lettuce and some veggies. She asked about dressing and the server didn’t really know. She did say there was ranch so J took that. They brought out a big bottle of ranch dressing for her which worked great because she could use them for the fried food as well. The chicken fingers were huge. They were almost full chicken breasts. She ate one and gave me one because there was just too much on her plate. The rest of the food was pretty basic fried fare. She didn’t have a complaint about anything on her plate and ate until she was full.
Our bill was just a little over $16. As much as I love diner food, I love the price maybe a little more. We both left stuffed. Unfortunately, we passed on all the ice cream treats, but there will be another time for that.
D’Nicio’s is a fantastic diner with a throwback atmosphere. The food we ordered wasn’t highly original, but there’s more on the menu than what we were hungry for today. There’s a Mexican section, a big Greek section, and of course, all sorts of Coney options. It’s one of those places that truly has something for everyone.