Just a few blocks down from the Brighton Pier is a hole in the wall restaurant that is easy to miss unless you’re looking for it. JB’s American Diner is only marked by a flat sign on the building, although you may see more people sitting out front if you stroll by on a sunny day – they have room for seating outside!
Jon and I checked out the place a few weeks ago with some friends for a leisurely Sunday lunch.
Being American myself, I was ecstatic (no exaggerating) just to find a place with some of the admittedly not-so-healthy foods from my homeland. My new guilty pleasure restaurant!
The menu is chock full of the expected American fare: huge burgers and hotdogs, giant portions of fries and onion rings, and yummy milkshakes harking back to the soda counter days of 1950s America.
As you can see, the walls and ceilings are covered with posters of the glamorous old stars – Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe. There are also some…uh…quirky choices in there, like a giant stuffed caterpillar hanging from the wall, and a version of “The Last Supper” starring Batman (of course).
Either way, it adds to the ambiance, and I felt just like I was in an American diner back at home. We ordered a Mexican Burger (filled with jalapeños, guacamole, and salsa), a foot-long chilli hotdog and a side of onion rings, which turned out to be giant. I couldn’t really stomach that much, unfortunately, but it was all the better for Jon and his gaping maw! To keep things as unhealthy as possible, we washed it all down with an Oreo milkshake. As you can imagine, we were stuffed full for the rest of the day!
All in all an enjoyable experience. The food is exactly what you’d expect – huge, well-priced, and full of greasy flavor! Recommended!