Service and Atmosphere
Cleveland’s largest suburb captures the very essence of what belongs in a blue-collared town: little taverns filled to the brim with nightly regulars, and plenty of cheap, homestyle dining options for the hungry working man (or woman). Though Parma isn’t much of a tourist destination, if you find yourself in the neighborhood and in need of a hearty breakfast, Tony’s Family Restaurant should hit the spot and only put a small dent in your wallet.
Welcomed and immediately seated at a booth situated near other chatty, coffee-laden diners, Tony’s Family Restaurant harbors the spirit of a warm, family-run diner: decor somewhat reminiscent of your grandmother’s house, the smell of freshly brewed coffee lingering in the air, and bubbly waitresses visiting with their regulars. The service was spot-on: attentive and courteous waitstaff and food delivered almost instantaneously and just as ordered.
While Tony’s Family Restaurant is busy feeding the Parma locals breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s no surprise that breakfast, served all day, is undoubtedly their specialty and a go-to for many diners. The breakfast menu; laced with a hefty omelette selection, french toast and pancake options, as well as breakfast staples like bacon, sausage, and hash browns; certainly does not lack in choices for even the choosiest of eaters.
From their breakfast menu, I settled on the vegetable omelette ($5.99), which was constructed from three eggs and stuffed chock full of green peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I added cheddar cheese (at no extra charge) which was, arguably, a necessary inclusion. My omelette was nearly on par with any other diner-quality omelette, save being perhaps a bit too soggy from its overstuffing of contents and my oozing dairy addition, for which I am the only one to blame.
Every omelette dish is accompanied by hash browns; mine were sadly unseasoned and rather unimpressive; and also a choice of white, wheat or rye toast; served crisp and painted with a perhaps too heavy coat of butter.
My co-diners both enjoyed orders of french toast ($5.99), served with scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage; their only audible complaint throughout the meal was the lack of an option for heated syrup.
Both lunch and dinner also offer a full range of menu items, and Tony’s Family Restaurant has daily specials including Monday half price appetizers, Tuesday $2.00 tacos, and Friday all you can eat fish fry.
Tony’s Family Restaurant certainly won’t be my new go-to breakfast joint, but I wouldn’t hesitate stopping by again to enjoy their big portions, low prices, and unlimited coffee refills if I ever find myself in town and hungry for a home-cooked meal.