One of our favorite places to get breakfast is Tool's in Delmar. Everything about the place seems a little anachronistic -- the food, the decor, the prices. It's like it exists in a bubble where 1989 never ended. And it's great.
We like to slide into one of the vinyl booths in Tool's front room and order a breakfast special. It's nothing fancy: two eggs, toast (get the rye), bacon or sausage, home fries, juice and coffee. For $5.49. (If you get it without the meat, it's $4.49. And if you skip the coffee, they'll give you a larger juice.)
It's a straight-up, solid breakfast at a good price. But we love all the little things about Tool's, too: the decidedly older-skewing customers, the friendly servers, the owner who chats with regulars, the Sinatra that often plays on the weekends, the frequent Ward Stone sightings.
The lack of pretension and near-denial of the last two decades is kind of soothing. Chain restaurants? Tapas? Statins? The 1990s? It's like they temporarily don't exist. And that little vacation from the present leaves us happy every time.
283 Delaware Ave
Delmar, NY 12054
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