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Miss Batavia

By Peter O'Brien

Saturday morning the wife and I went to Miss Batavia for a late breakfast.  This was our second time at the restaurant.  It has become our favorite spot for a sit down breakfast.


We walked in and its was empty but for a few tables.  We came in after the the morning rush and had our choice of seats.  The waitress came right over and handed us menus and took our drink order.  The drinks were at our table in under 2 minutes (which was great because I was still very thirsty from hockey earlier that morning).


Chelsea ordered a ham and cheese omelette with home fries and white toast, and an apple juice.  I had french toast and two eggs, over hard, with an orange juice. The food was terrific.  But the surprising thing was how fast it came out.  It couldn't have taken more than 7 minutes.  I know what we ordered doesn't take long to cook but it was still surprisingly fast.  The french toast was cooked to perfectly.  It was not the best I've had but it was very good.  The eggs (though admittedly hard to screw up) we also cooked perfect.  Chelsea's omelette looked very good and I know that her home fries were.  Her toast came out toasted.  I know that sounds dumb but I have had lots of experience eating slightly browned.  Miss Batavia's toast was fully toasted but not burned, just the way it should be.


The service we received was among the best we have ever had.  Sometimes when I got into a restaurant and am as thirsty as I was on Saturday, I have a drained glass on the table longer then a glass with amount of fluid in it.  That did not occur.  My glass was empty for maybe a minute before it was filled again.


The check came soon after we were finished (as the lunch customers came in).  it came to $16 and change.  I was surprised at how low the price was.  Both our plates were covered in food.  It certainly seemed well worth the price for what we got.

Michele Case

I have dined at Miss Batavia many times for lunch. Service is always friendly and fast. The italian wedding soup is awesome! I have had it in other places and did not even like it, so that tells ya something! I have never had a bad meal there. Also, they honor AAA members with 10% discount.

Oct 27, 2010, 11:22am Permalink
Gabor Deutsch

Great detail on your review. I feared you gave up doing these. When you have a breakfast type meal the toast IS an important factor. One question I have: Did you (she) want white toast and/or did they have wheat,rye, potato breads to choose from ? Thank You.

Oct 28, 2010, 9:50am Permalink
kevin kretschmer

The best diner breakfasts by far are at the Cozy Kitchen in Caledonia, followed by John & Sarah's in Perry. Nothing in the Batavia area comes remotely close to either place.

If you'd like to try something a little different, go to the D & R Depot in LeRoy and order either the crunchy or coconut style french toast. Be sure to make lots of time there though, the service is a bit slow.

Oct 28, 2010, 6:35pm Permalink
Dave Olsen

I haven't been in the Miss Batavia for eons. I have to say the key for a diner breakfast for me is coffee. I absolutely hate going to a diner sitting down and waiting for coffee. I want it in the cup pronto!, and then refilled before I finish it, not having to look around for the waiter/waitress and wave her over. That's good, Peter knowing that they refill the drinks well. The best diners used to just leave a pot on the table, you don't see that very much any more. Cold eggs will usually aggravate me too. Other than that, I'm a great breakfast companion LOL

Oct 28, 2010, 8:56pm Permalink
kevin kretschmer

As I usually take the family out to eat after church and since we haven't been to the Miss Batavia in a while I decided; "What the heck, let's see if things have improved much from what I remember." Nope.

Breakfast potatoes with an orange hue are never a good sign. For the life of me I cannot understand why so many places have such a hard time making decent home fries or hash browns. Lots of paprika certainly isn't the answer. Also, there's far more to a decent omelette than dicing up whatever, throwing it into some beaten eggs on a griddle, folding it over on top of itself, and then laying a slice of processed cheese on the top.

To answer Gabor's question - white, wheat, or rye. To Peter and the rest all I can surmise is that you simply don't know what you're missing.

Nov 1, 2010, 5:43pm Permalink
Sarah Lee

Miss Batavia Diner is awesome! I'm 53 years old and I used to go in there with my grandparents. Something about their coffee and breakfast food at anytime of the day is so good! I have always had good service too. I remember when a lady across the street used to work there. Her name was Francis Koester. She worked nights. Anyway, the other good place was Your Host. Nothing is as good as it used to be and it all tastes so generic unless you go to a place like Miss Batavia.

Feb 27, 2011, 4:17pm Permalink
C. M. Barons

Kevin, you may require more of a meal than quick service.

I think American taste in terms of eateries has changed drastically in my lifetime.

When I was growing up in the 60s, there were diners, restaurants, luncheonettes and taverns. Each had individuated character and customer expectation. If one wanted a broad menu, distinctive preparation and 'ritzy' atmosphere, one went to a restaurant. One dressed-up to eat in a restaurant.

If one wanted an informal sandwich, soda or milkshake; the luncheonette filled the bill. Diners and taverns were working-class eateries- one for drinkers, the other, not. One didn't expect class or finesse; one expected a waitress with a rogue sense of humor and fast from the kitchen, filling food at a bargain price. ...Hence the popularity of diners with truckers.

With the advent of chain restaurants, speed, promotions and theme have fascinated the tastebuds of many Americans. The rogue humor of yesterday's stressed waitress has given way to TV monitors, pop-culture icons and suburban placement near malls and cine-plexes.

For those who find retro appealing, diners still exist- some even inhabit the old silver trailer structures. Unfortunately, the coupons and glitz of Madison Avenue wiped out most of the family-owned eateries that used to be a staple for other families' outings while catering to both appetite and socializing for business people, teenagers and seniors alike.

Madison Avenue would rather we rally around Australian steaks, golden arches, miniature burritos and icons of commercialism rather than Agnes the colorful tongued waitress refilling a booth-sitter's coffee cup while sniping at the trucker at the counter.

As much as I have eaten at both Miss Batavia and D & R Depot, this is the only similarity that might give cause to frame them in the same thought.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if a jukebox was installed in a Burger King.

Feb 27, 2011, 8:41pm Permalink

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