Try Duly’s for a no-frills yet delicious diner

August 2, 2011

duly's placeAnyone who knows me knows that my favorite meal of the day is brunch, followed closely by breakfast. I love all things morning food: toast and jelly, fruit bowls, bacon, potatoes, and, most of all, eggs. Give me an omelet and I’m a happy girl.

As a result, I’m always on the lookout for a good breakfast spot. Friends, I think I have found the best, cheapest place out there: Duly’s Place on W. Vernor and Junction, kitty-corner from Holy Redeemer Church, in Mexicantown.

OK, OK. I know I didn’t “find” it. It’s been around for 90 years this year — 90 years! — and if you’ve ever been, you know that the interior is almost as old. But I’ve always been up for a good dive bar — my husband took me to Fleetwood Diner in Ann Arbor on one of our first dates, and I still stuck around — and you can’t get more dive-y, or cheap, than Duly’s.

Disclaimer: I’ve only eaten breakfast there, and I usually get the same thing: the Mexican omelet. It’s a pretty traditional pepper, onion, ham mix, but with jalapenos, of course. My husband usually puts down a couple of egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches, or orders a typical breakfast plate of eggs, ham, toast, etc. The coffee is hot, the lady behind the counter is friendly, and the regulars have a good banter going with each other.

What you won’t find at this place is a stylish interior. Or even spotlessly clean. But the fact remains that instead of a shiny, colorful upscale diner that’s frequented by the well-to-do, this is a place with character — where you go and hang out when you want good food, and cheap. And sometimes, in the middle of the night.

Are any of you Duly’s fans out there? What’s your go-to meal?

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