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Thoughts on Eagle Diner, Brighton

My husband is a burger fan so we're heading off to Eagle tonight to check it out. Is it worth the trip or does it get all of its attention because of the monsterous $50 burger gimmick? I don't do burgers and would appreciate reviews and recs on other menu items. Was pleased to see they serve breakfast all day which is more my taste at a place like this. Thanks!

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  1. First, you order at the register. Then you can sit and they'll call your number . . . but the place can be busy on weekends. Make sure to tell them how you want your food cooked or the burger may be cooked to medium well. You also need to tell the person what you want on your food: lettuce, tomato, if you don't want cheese, etc. The 1/2 pound burger is very good (and comes with fries for $7.25). The one above that is 1 pound (with 4 slices of cheese and 1 pound of fries) and you get a button if you eat that sucker. I'm not a fan of their fries but their specialty fries - cheese fries, etc. - are excellent and very, very filling. Covered in cheese. The breakfast stuff is also very good. I've never had the guts to order the 1 pound hot dog. Most of their food is good quality. The burgers and similar items, for example, are cooked on a tilted grill not a griddle - meaning they have a slight char.

    1. Do you folks mean Eagle's Deli in Cleveland Circle? I always figured that would be a nasty dump that survives off of undiscriminating BC kids, like Mary Ann's.

      1. Thanks so much lergnom! You covered all the bases with your review. Hubby is eying the 1lb sucker but I'm lobbying for moderation and the 1/2lb option you mentioned. And yes, MC, it's the place across from BC. It's often featured in local interest stories on TV and in print and I've seen it on Chronicle. Your concerns were (are) also mine, and that prompted my call for help from the Hounds and as always, it was worth the post!

        1. Eagles used to be OK before the employees there took on a higher-than-thou attitude as if they have keep the fanatical masses at bay.

          Before, it was just a BC/Cleveland Circle neighborhood greasy spoon.

          1. I eat there every few weeks and never see any attitude. The place can be busy, especially weekend lunch.

            1. I live right by there, but I have never eaten there. However, my husband said that he has eaten there several times (before we met). He said that what is really disgusting is that you get a substandard beef patty that hasn't been drained, so your bread is all greasy. Honestly, that place sort of disgusts me.

              1. Well, we went last night. Right away the cleanliness of the cookspace skeeved me and the containers of sides and burger toppings just looked icky (pardon the primitive terminology but those sorts of words just seem to work in this case!) Husband was undetered and ordered the 1/2 lb burger and fries and declared it one of the best he's had and we've chased the perfect burger at all the usual suspects i.e. O'Sullivan"s, Bartley's, Uburger, Wild Willy's to name a few. He loves a well done burger with a charcoal taste and that's what he got, complete with crispy bits on the outside. I couldn't bring myself to order the french toast I was considering and ended up hopping out of the car at Bocolo to see what it was all about. Had the summer wrap/burrito with cheese, rice, beans, guac and mango salsa and was happy enough with it, although Anna's supper veggie is my gold standard.

                The real deal breaker for me were the two college aged diners working their way through the 5lb burger/5 lbs of fries in an effort to get their names on the board of fame at Eagle. As we were leaving, one was outside heaving. So much for fine dining on a Saturday night in the city.

                1. What a coincidence--I've lived in the 'hood for 8 years and always ignored the Eagle, for reasons mentioned above (college hang, looks nasty, probably famous for volume not quality)...but yesterday I went for breakfast for the first time. Totally classic greasy spoon heaven. I had the "SLOF" which only later did I realize probably translates to "s*** lot of food." Eggs, potatoes, toast, and bacon, done just how I like it--they made the homefries extra well done when asked.

                  I like a clean establishment as much as the next gal, but the place was empty when we got there and seemed fine--tidy, wiped down, etc. I guess maybe I'm not as fastidious as I thought. But anyway the food prep area seemed fine as well.

                  I took like 2/3 of my meal home, and woke up this morning trying to decide if I should eat it, or go back for a fresh helping today. This place is satisfying and dangerous. I haven't even tried the burger yet. I recommend it...

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                  1. re: poho

                    Can't believe it took you 8 years to go. I sometimes go after hitting the Cleveland Circle pool and have never noticed anything particularly gross, typical greasy spoon as far as I can tell. I do think the burger/fries are pretty tasty and eggs and homefries are fine (slightly better home fries than usual). I like grabbing a bagel from the grill too. Haven't been in a long time tho.

                  2. Good to hear your take on breakfast, poho. I know we'll be heading back to Eagle at some point so maybe I'll give it a try.