The Diner On Abercorn, 7202 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA
Welcome to part 2 of our “Grand Food And Fun Tour Of Savannah Georgia”. Today I’ll be telling you about our favorite diner in Savannah… maybe one of our favorite diners anywhere… The Diner On Abercorn.
Dad and I were looking for diners to try in Savannah, and saw a great review of a place called The Original Pancake Palace… so, we got into the car and went off to find it. When we got there, we found out that the Palace closed down and instead it was now… the Diner on Abercorn… even though we didn’t get to go to the Pancake Palace… we discovered another treasure, as you will see.
The Diner on Abercorn, is a retro classic diner, it is decorated in pink and green and has models of cars everywhere. You’ll also notice that it is very busy… and that is because the food is so good and the people are so friendly.
Now about the food… First I had Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a Fresh-Baked Biscuit… then I had an Oreo Pancake, which was so sweet, I did not even need syrup. I also got to try Grits with Cheese which was very good too. Everything at The Diner On Abercorn tasted fresh and made from scratch… Because it is!
But the best part of The Diner was meeting the owner, Maria Mitchell Tsiartas, who comes from Connecticut! Now that’s a small world! She and her husband owned diners in Connecticut and New Jersey then moved to Savannah. They looked all over and found the Original Pancake Palace and fixed it up.
Ms. Tsiartas told us that an important part of the Diner is giving back to the community. She told me that, “There are a lot of people in Savannah who are not as lucky as she is, especially Army Veterans, because there is an Army base near the diner. So, Ms. Tsiartas and the Diner have a strict policy… “If you have money or you don’t… you are always going to eat.” Sometimes, the police will bring in someone who lives on the street or needs help to the diner because they know that they can always have a hot delicious meal.
I was lucky to meet Ms. Tsiartas, who is really nice and showed me around the whole diner and told me all about how they operate… why it’s better to have an open kitchen (people can see how clean it is… and it’s clean… and so is the bathroom 🙂 !). I also got to help her a little in the kitchen, which was fun. I asked her about the car models and she told me that her husband collects them and that at every diner that they have owned they bring the cars along with them and put them up.
Just before we left… Ms. Tsiartas… surprised us with a whole banquet of EVEN MORE FOOD to try! SO Much food, and we were SO full, that we had to bring it home with us and had a picnic the next day in the park.
These are some of her specialties. Ms. Tsiartas told me her favorite was the Spanakopita which is Spinach and Feta pie – it’s the bottom left picture.
Thanks to Ms. Tsiartas and everyone at The Diner on Abercorn… we’ll definitely be back soon!!!
The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)
FOOD * * * * * * (6)
SERVICE * * * * * * (6)
LOOKS * * * * * * (6)
BATHROOM: * * * * * * (6)