We were looking for a new-to-us breakfast spot to try and happened upon Home Plate Diner. What a fun place! Walking in it seems like any other diner but the longer you are there the more you realize that it’s definitely so much more. As you might gather from the name, everything at Home Plate Diner is centered around baseball. The entire menu is filled with items named after baseball players. The folks behind Home Plate Diner are the same folks that started Colonel Mustard’s Burgers (they have since sold Colonel Mustard’s, so if you have any complaints don’t tell them. No really, there’s a sign that says that in Home Plate Diner).
Address: 1487 Mayport Road (Mayport Rd and Donner) Jacksonville FL 32233
When you go to The Home Plate Diner make sure you look for your favorite baseball player on the menu and see what dish they are named for. For example, The Honus Wagner is a burger with bacon, grilled onions, ham, secret sauce, and swiss. Aside from yummy diner food, The Home Plate Diner is just plain fun. There are a list of off the wall rules, they advertise that they cater office parties, birthdays, and divorces, they have a hall of fame and a hall of shame, and everyone gets picked on equally by the Colonel. When we were there the colonel came strolling out of the kitchen and just randomly hurling good natured insults at people and giving absolutely everyone a hard time. Everyone in the place laughed and thought it was hysterical. This place definitely has character. Before I get into the food I will say that the place has a slightly funny smell and definitely looks like it could use a good scrubbing. With that said we enjoyed the food and the way the colonel keeps the place fun. Make sure to check out our photo of the list of ridiculous rules.
We didn’t order a lot and were in the mood to keep it simple so don’t expect our typical list where we break down half the menu. The Home Plate Diner is a breakfast and lunch spot where you will find all the expected diner breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, and wings, plus some highly inventive dishes as well. The Senator ($6.00) is two sausage patties dipped in pancake batter and cooked like a pancake, with two eggs cooked to order. We couldn’t resist The Senator when we saw it on the menu. It was even more delicious than we anticipated. The pancake portion alone was a better pancake than I’ve had in recent memory. So, rich melt-in-your-mouth pancake goodness, and then a sausage patty in the middle? Yum! Put this on your Jacksonville food bucket list. We also tried the wings: 10 jumbo wings ($6.75), mild. They were good wings. There were certainly more exciting things on the menu, but the wings were a solid choice. We know from his Colonel Mustard’s days that the colonel makes a top notch burger so we can recommend it. Additionally, the colonel gets rave reviews for his philly cheesesteaks. Many Mayport locals swear they’re the best this side of Philly.
For a cheap breakfast or lunch at the beach, with a side of fun, don’t miss The Home Plate Diner.