We visited the 301 Diner at 3407 N HWY 301 on 12 May 2012. They have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/301-Family-Restaurant/113574495337246. Notice that it’s right across the street from the Dallas Bull.
And just up the road a bit is the Veteran’s park, complete with helicopter on display.
Me and the boys, we’re so excited! From the look on Ivo’s face, you just know he’s thinking about line dancing.
We parked next to this Can Am. These things seem to me to be the worst parts of a car combined with the worst parts of a motorcycle.
Poor Marek, it turns out, isn’t really feeling swell this morning. If I’d realized earlier, we’d have just stayed home and had cartoons for breakfast.
Me and Ivo, we’re just waiting for the line dancing to start.
The 301 is a really good place. Classic greasy-spoon country diner. The menu is full of all kinds of our favorite things.
Ivo, as you may see here, is clearly his father’s son.
Good place here, full of locals wearing baseball hats. It’s a good breakfast when people know each other when they walk in the door.
Ivo starting young with the coffee. Just like Marek did when he was that age.
And today is the day before Mother’s Day! We got Favorite Breakfast Reviewer Mom some books and made her favorite supper.
Ivo is also being very agreeable for being photographed, while Marek is less so today. So I’m taking advantage of the situation.
It’s a good thing he looks like his mother.
After all that kissy-faced goofin, we surely worked up an appetite for breakfast! (Note the Ivo Yoink move)
Good size on these pancakes.
Marek works the bacon conveyor belt. It beats sucking the juices out of the bacon and leaving the gristle, which is what he was doing for a while.
Ivo and I dug in pretty well on our side, too. Pancakes! Just what the doctor ordered after a long morning of driving 20 miles to get some pancakes.
All told, the bill was pretty reasonable. Fit nicely on a Jackson.
Ivo is up-and-coming in the paying-the-bills department. He still needs big brother assistance to close the deal, but he starts out strong.
At the end of the morning, we can tell you this about the 301 Family Restaurant. It’s a gem of a diner. It meets all our marks: Cozy, full of locals and regulars, good prices, basic and tasty chow, nice people, and a bit of history. We’d go back anytime. Even if they do play country music. We’re pleased to give the 301 Family Restaurant a Tampa Bay Breakfasts a four and a half pancake rating.