So, the funny thing is that I knew Monte as a child. He owned this tiny, greasy standalone diner right by the borders of Royal Oak and Berkley, in front of a seedy hotel. I remember the greasy burgers and though I liked them as a kid, they didn’t make me want to go back as an adult. UNTIL!!!! I moved to Berkley, Monte’s got a new owner (Alex) and they got some good Yelp reviews. So I thought, why not? I’m so glad I did. Alex let me custom make my own breakfast, which I modeled after Hippie Hash (the origin of which is from the Fleetwood in Ann Arbor). Hippie Hash is comprised of hash browns, feta cheese, mushrooms and other veggies- (at Monte’s I add onions and green peppers to the mix while Fleetwood adds broccoli). This concoction is topped with two over medium eggs. Alex joked about putting it on the menu and I think we inspired other people to try. All I know is, I became a regular. Tiny spot, elbow to elbow with other patrons, but that’s the charm. I miss Monte’s and I have to go back, even though I don’t live across the street anymore. You should go order it and he’ll know we’ve talked. :)
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