On bustling Old Country Road in Carle Place, a small diner sports a vertical neon sign and a line out its door. When it opened in 1946, Nassau County was still mostly farmland. From that time to the present, most of the locals have claimed this eatery as their favorite breakfast place. Welcome to the local institution known as Thomas’s Ham & Eggery Diner, a place of classic diner features, including stylish vintage stools and funky color schemes. There is true breakfast artistry within these walls. Thanks to the efficient, helpful waitstaff, coffee is liberally dispensed and patrons can enjoy a fast meal at the counter, leading to a quick turnover of customers (i.e., shorter lines there). And though the meals may be fast, it doesn’t mean that flavors suffer.
Tasty, eye-catching fresh cookies, muffins and baked pies greet the entering hungry patrons, a harbinger of the breakfast feast to come. A typical diner trifecta of pancakes, waffles and French toast are taken to rarefied levels here. The harvest apple pancakes are loaded with fresh, crisp apples, a touch of cranberries and nuts all baked within. French toast comes slathered in Nutella and whipped cream, and the chocolate almond chip waffles are a chocaholic’s dream (the chocolate chips laid on top melt perfectly with each and every bite). Then there are the frittatas. They are the absolute best dish and may be just what the line outside is all about. Monster-sized, open-faced spaceships of omelets, they are at least two meal’s worth of food and surely the topic of plenty “remember that amazing omelet?” tales. The standout bacon and Gorgonzola frittatas are a mélange of tangy and smoky flavor, and the vegetable frittata is dotted with perfectly-cooked veggies smoothly incorporated into the egg. This relic of an earlier, simpler Nassau is just the place to stop the clock.
325 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Breakfast served all day starting at 6am, (516) 333-3060