Sunday morning, Amanda and I made the drive out to JB’s Corner Diner at Colt Station. This small diner is located between North East and Wattsburg at the intersection of Routes 430 and 89. When we arrived, there were a some regulars inside at the counter and a couple of booths were occupied, but we pretty much had our choice of seating. Our server, who donned a festive deer antler headband, got us our drinks while we figured out what we were having for breakfast. Amanda wanted to try their breakfast sandwich and I had some ideas in mind for what I wanted, but decided to trust the suggestions of our server instead.
Amanda ordered an over hard egg with a sausage patty and cheese on an English muffin with a side of hash browns. The sandwich was one of the best sandwiches she has tried yet. The nooks and crannies in the muffin got really crispy from butter on the grill and the sausage patty had a ton of flavor. The edges of the egg got slightly crispy as well, but it was a well-cooked over hard egg. The cheese melted to a create a kind of creamy sauce that oozed out over everything. It was really delicious. The hash browns were grill-cooked with some spices on them. Amanda wasn’t really a fan of them, but I thought they were good. A little salt and ketchup made them just right. Next time, I would ask for them to be cooked well done to make them crunchier.
My breakfast choice was the western scramble melt, a recommendation from our server. Beautifully cooked eggs were scrambled with diced onions, green peppers, and fresh ham. The eggs were topped with super crispy bacon, American cheese, and placed between two slices of golden brown Texas toast. The saltiness from the ham and the slices of bacon seasoned the rest of the sandwich perfectly. The crunch of the veggies as well as the toast added texture and the result overall was a breakfast sandwich I’ll surely dream about. Like I have been doing throughout this breakfast tour, I ordered two slices of French toast. Thick Texas toast was the bread of choice at JB’s and had just the right amount of texture and buttery flavor. The egg coating wasn’t too heavy and the inside was spongy and moist. A little butter and syrup was all I needed. I love and prefer cinnamon French toast, but this was a great take on the classic version.
The diner might not look like much, but the kitchen can make a fantastic breakfast sandwich and I also have heard great things about their pancakes. Friendly servers as well as kind regulars also helped make it an enjoyable breakfast. I’m not sure we would make the drive specifically for breakfast again, but I like knowing we have a place to stop next time we are in the area. Their address is 10082 Route 89 North East, Pennsylvania 16428 and the phone number for info is (814) 881-4150.
Until next time, Andrew – Beard vs. Food