As a decades long loyal customer of the Broiler, it has been sad to witness the decline of this neighborhood institution. The fabulous neon sign sign remains an icon of restaurant Americana, alas, its classic diner menu has been eviscerated. The interior is clean, the decor is fine and the service is friendly. However, the new owners apparently think the tastes of its longtime loyal customers are too mundane. No more Spartan omelet, tuna melt, chefs salad, club sandwich or barbecue bacon cheeseburger.
Even if you think you have found something you like on the Broiler's new 'upscale' menu, there is no guarantee that it will be the same way twice. In the past, I often picked up dinner after a long day at work. The first time I tried the Asian salad I thought I had found a new favorite. The second time it was all soba noodles and no greens. Last night I called in a takeout order for the same salad, mentioned my previous experience and asked for more greens and less noodles. When I opened the container at home I found an abundance of greens but ZERO noodles -- wait, I'm wrong -- there were TWO(2) soba noodles at the bottom of the salad. Ha ha. The chef took his revenge. I recognize the humor but the deliberate insult motivated this obituary. You couldn't pay me to go back.