Hangin’ Out At…Christo’s Cafe
There’s something utterly lovable about diners. They’re cozy, they’re usually dirt cheap, and they serve up (hopefully) delicious comfort food. If just the idea of a mythical diner speaks to you, be sure to drop by Christo’s Cafe in College Park.
Christo’s is everything you’d expect from your stereotypical diner: pretty small (only 11 or so tables inside), breakfast served all day, and pictures of past and current customers proudly lining the walls. The only thing missing is a jukebox, although I’m not sure where they’d have room to put it…
There is, however, an outdoor sign with the daily special, good ’til it’s gone! (We know this from firsthand experience; during one visit, I played the part of Greatest Wife Ever and let Hubby have the very last Sloppy Joe of the night.)
Their menu consists of pretty much everything you’d think it does: meatloaf, hamburgers, patty melts, country fried steak, and even a few salads.
On this particular night, Hubby had a 1/2 pound Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries for $8.95…
…while I decided to try something a little different: a chili and cheese omelet for $9.75.
It came with whole wheat toast and hash browns and was made with 4 eggs. Huge, I tell you! And quite tasty, after I got over my initial apprehension of beans over eggs. Looks a little weird, right?
You can also dine al fresco, should the mood take you. The outdoor tables almost double their dining area, which can get pretty crowded during prime dinnertime or Sunday afternoons.
The takeaway: For right around twenty bucks, you can enjoy friendly servers, food prepared on-site and upon order, and a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Win, win, win! Maybe you’ll even become a regular and get your picture on the wall. Won’t I be jealous!
My only complaint? Other than breakfast, my ultimate comfort food always has been and always will be macaroni and cheese, which used to be a glaring omission from the Christo’s menu. It’s there now, but it’s an upcharge of a dollar (!), and I’m 99% sure it’s from a familiar blue box, not homemade. Still comforting, since I grew up on the stuff, but not what I was hoping for!
Pricing: Most entrees are under ten dollars. Sign up here for discounts.
Location: 1815 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
Hours: Mon-Sat 6:30a to 9p and Sun 7a to 3p