Glen’s Dinette, located in the heart of Babylon Village, is a perennial, all-American favorite from another time, with charming, friendly diner ambiance and décor. The proprietor, appropriately named Hapi, greets customers of every age group by name as they walk in the door and he escorts them to “their spot.” His enthusiasm is infectious and this energy has rubbed off on the friendly wait staff. This is the feel-good morning to set the pace for your whole weekend.
Americana? Yes indeed, especially the local variety. Long Island photographs and memorabilia hang throughout and an entire wall is covered with license plates from various times and locales—the first mounted by Hapi and the rest donated by regular patrons. Glen’s has been at it for so many years (over six decades) that the long counter seating area (filled with wonderful smells from the griddle behind the counter) has “elbow and plate” imprints rubbed into it. Talk about down home!
The dinette is famous for their homemade corned beef hash, which takes a day of preparation by a chef whose sole job is to bring this tasty treat to fruition. Among the numerous egg dishes and omelets, The “Idaho” is among the regulars’ favorites. A hearty plate of homefries smothered with bacon, scallions and cheese will have you begging, “just one more bite please” despite the tension in your waistband. The popular Monkey Pancakes combine blueberries and bananas for a flavor explosion (for true pancake nirvana, pay $1 extra for real maple syrup). Banana pecan French toast is made from banana pecan bread baked fresh daily on premises (where else?), and has a flavor and complexity that is light-years ahead of sliced bread. Dessert after breakfast? You said it! Scrumptious cookies, also homemade using a top-secret recipe, are worth grabbing on the way out for an on-the-road fix later. That’s right, daddy-o, you’ll be hapi to step back in time at Glen’s again and again.
23 East Main St., Babylon Village
Breakfast served 6:30am-3pm, Mon.-Sat.
(631) 669-4700, glensdinette.com