The Cracked Egg Diner is south of the main drag of Daytona Beach, FL. It is actually in a tiny strip mall in an area known as Daytona Beach Shores, a community of mostly high rise condos and smaller motels. The diner looks like a dive- and it kind of is, but those are usually some of the best places for good food.
We visited on a Monday morning and the restaurant was quite busy. I figured the patrons were mostly snowbirds with a few year round locals sprinkled in. The tables are a little tightly packed into a small dining space but we didn’t mind. We were hungry and had heard great things.
I went with the Eggs Chesapeake ($12) after reading rave reviews about it online. Two poached eggs topped an English Muffin and a crabcake with Hollandaise sauce and a side of hash browns. The crabcake was great- an excellent alternative to the traditional ham-based Eggs Benedict. I was quite satisfied.
Chad actually ordered two entrees, neither of which was very big. They would both be excellent choices for someone with a smaller appetite. First he had the French Toast. Three slices of thick bread grilled until they were golden brown and served with the usual butter and syrup. He chose to have his French Toast plain but the menu offers blueberries, strawberries, pecans, chocolate chips or bananas as additional toppings. He liked it, though it wasn’t enough for him. The French Toast was only $4.49 so it was affordable to order something else.
He also got the Egg and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich ($5) and though it was small, it really rounded out his breakfast.
The service was great as well. And I really loved the Cracked Egg hot sauces at the tables. Both varieties were excellent with my hashbrowns and my eggs. They will wake you up better than coffee! The one thing we didn’t try was the apple fritters but we saw plenty of people ordering them. Next time most definitely.