Bakers Restaurant – Dillsburg

On Tuesday April 27, 2010 we traveled to Dillsburg again, this time to visit Bakers Restaurant at 515 N. US Hwy 15. The restaurant was upgraded inside and out a few years back and is now open 24 hours. The interior, while not huge, is very nicely decorated and comfortable. The hostess was very nice, the waitress came to us promptly and our favorite breakfast items were on special that day (2 eggs, home fries and sausage or ham $3.50). We ordered and our food was on the table in less than five minutes. Nice big plates, large eggs, big portions of home fries, with very generous portions of ham for Bill and sausage patties for Craig. As we ate we discussed how large the portions were, how good the home fries tasted, how nice the atmosphere was, and then, how full we were getting. This was definitely a very good tasting, very filling meal in a nice place for a good price. I have a feeling we will be back! By the way, the coffee was $1.29 and a pepsi was $1.69. Our total was $10.50, a good value considering what we got.

Update 1-20-2011  Bakers has been approved to add a 1500 sq/ft addition.

Category             Bill                Craig

Eggs                     3                         3

Potatoes                3                      3

Sides                    3                           3

Drinks                  2                           2

Service                  3                          3

Cleanliness            3                         3

Atmosphere            3                       3

Totals                 20/21                    20/21

The price was $10.50 for two, in our medium price range.

Be sure to check our Scorecard page to see how this restaurant compared to the others we have visited.


Silver Spring Diner – Mechanicsburg

On Tuesday April 20th we had breakfast at the Silver Spring Diner, located at 6250 Carlisle Pike, near the local Wal-Mart. This diner is like the Taj Mahal of diners in our area. It’s fairly new, modern, very large and has that classic diner look. It seemed very large and roomy inside, nice lighting, lots of seating, no crowded conditions here. Our waitress took care of us right away and we ordered our usual, 2 eggs, home fries and sausage. Our food came out in less than 10 minutes and it looked very good. Perfect eggs, large, plump sausage links and great looking home fries. The home fries looked great but turned out to be just so so tasting, but the rest was very good. We were filled up and satisfied with the meal. If we had to complain about anything it would be the prices. Our usual eggs/sausage combo was priced at $6.50, we have had the same thing at several other places for $4.50 to $5.50. Also, the coffee was $1.50 and they charged us $2.00 for a coke. In the end our meal cost us $17.01 plus a tip, a little on the steep side.

Category              Bill                  Craig

Eggs                     3                            3

Potatoes               2                          1

Sides                    3                             3

Drinks                  2                             2

Service                 2                             3

Cleanliness           2                            2

Atmosphere           3                          3

Totals                 17/21                        17/21

Our bill was $17.01 for two people, at the high end of our medium price range.

Flapjacks Pub (Paul’s Pancake Barn) – Dillsburg

On Tuesday April 13, 2010 we ventured down to Dillsburg to try the breakfast at Flapjacks Pub (which will always be known to locals as Paul’s Pancake Barn, the previous name). We had both been there in years past and we were pleasantly surprised to see that the place had been remodeled inside. Nice tile floor, new booths and tables, dessert case, small counter, etc. Looks pretty good. One wall at the entrance was pretty much dedicated to take-out beer, which you pay for in the pub at the rear of the building. We seated ourselves and checked out the menu. The lone waitress hadn’t offered more than a hello when we came in and she wasn’t exactly stellar at any point, including not even writing down our order. At first glance the prices seemed kind of high. Two eggs with home fries, and ham sausage or bacon was up around $5.50, heck even toast was priced at $1.49 on the menu. However there was a special that day, 2 eggs and home-fries for $1.79 and the waitress would add the side (sausage) for the menu price of $2.49, making the total about a dollar less than the menu price for the regular meal. Ok, we’re in, we both got the sausage as a side, Craig got patties, Bill got links. We waited for a while, possibly 10 minutes for the food to come out and the first thing we noticed was how small the plates were. The plate was full, but it wasn’t as big as my plates at home. We didn’t have a ruler to measure the plate size and this was the first time we had run into this situation, but we will watch for it in the future. Looked more like a Salad plate. The breakfast was good. The home fries were good and so was the sausage, nice big fat links and good patties. Until we were done eating, we were full. As we discussed the meal the waitress took our plates and offered Craig a re-fill on his coffee, which he accepted. Our total for two was $11.70, thanks to the special, but it could have been a few bucks more at regular price. Out in the parking lot we examined the bill closer and realized that when Craig was offered a coffee refill, he was charged for another cup! CHARGED FULL PRICE FOR A COFFEE REFILL! There it was on the bill: Coffee – 2@$1.29 each. We both felt that was not a standard practice and the waitress should have let him know. Out of 15 restaurants we have reviewed this was the only place that pulled that trick.

Category                       Bill                         Craig

Eggs                              1                                     1

Potatoes                         2                                  1

Sides                             2                                      2

Drinks                           2                                      1

Service                          1                                      1

Cleanliness                    2                                     2

Atmosphere                   2                                     2

Totals                        12/21                                10/21

The price for two was $11.70, in our medium price range.