I feel like I’ve been dragging my heels in publishing this and I suspect that’s because it is my final post from my UK trip. It makes me realise just how long it is going to be before I’m back and I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with thinking about that, just yet.
It has been three years since my first visit to Bobby Jo’s Diner and I wanted to go back and see if it is still as good. Plus if I’m going to compare Bobby Jo’s to Grumpy’s it seems only fair that I check out them both – any excuse to eat in a 1950’s diner 😉
Bobby Jo’s has a great spot right on Southend Seafront and in terms of the building and the decor very little has changed since I was there before. It is still bright and cheerful, with a fair amount of seating. Having declared it ‘take your niece to work day’, Mum and I picked Niece Ella up from school and headed straight there.
There have been a few changes to the menu, but the burgers and shakes looked the same. This time round of course I’m not eating meat, so I was pleased to see that they had a separate list of dishes that was suitable for veggies and vegans.
Mum went for the enchilada’s, Niece Ella for the chicken nuggets and chips from the children’s menu and I had the three bean chilli. My chilli was tasty and had just a hint of spice (perfect for me) it came with nacho’s, sour cream and guac. It was also incredibly filling, I couldn’t finish the bowl, in fact if they added rice to it, you would have had a meal for two.
Mum and Niece Ella had no complaints, everything was declared tasty and fresh. I wasn’t overly impressed with the presentation of the dishes, I think a little more effort could have gone into making them that bit prettier on the plate.
Much to my relief the milkshakes are just as good as I remember, I opted for the Mint Aero again (just for research purposes of course) and it was bloody lovely.
So, how do Bobby Jo’s and Grumpy’s Diner compare – there really isn’t actually that much in it.
Grumpy’s Diner, has a fresher decor and the service was fantastic. Bobby Jo’s Diner has the better location and a much more varied menu – especially for vegetarian options.
If I was choosing somewhere to return to it would be Grumpy’s. Both offer a great dining experience and are super budget-friendly, but of the two, Grumpy’s was more welcoming and the food was better.