Regulars at: Dee's Diner since 1965. Stop in before lunch three days a week.
Always Order: For Mickey it's french toast with bacon. Dan gets the egg sandwich.
Counter Talk: "It's an extension of home, and everything is consistently good," Mickey says. "It's the best coffee in town, and it's great service with a smile every morning — everyone who grew up here always comes back."
Regular at: Big Egg for six months. Stops in for breakfast a couple of times a month.
Always Orders: Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and hash browns.
Counter Talk: "Big Egg is the only place that serves great tasting turkey sausage. That and the decaf coffee keep me coming back."
Regular At: Nick's Diner for three years. Stops in for breakfast at least twice a month.
Always Orders: The Breakfast Special with sausage links/bacon, home fries/grits and toast.
Counter Talk: "I have a soft spot for this particular greasy spoon because the service is great, you get a lot for your money, they pour you a lot of coffee, and I've had surprising, neighborly in-depth conversations while dining here."
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Regular at: Gina's Place for 10 years. Stops in for breakfast every Wednesday.
Always Orders: The No. 1, with bacon, home fries, toast and a cup of coffee.
Counter Talk: "I come here with my father every morning. It's a tradition for us, and they know us here. We don't even have to order — they know it before we sit down."
Regular At: Big Al's Diner for 20 years. Stops in for breakfast five days a week.
Always Orders: My breakfast special, which consists of bacon, eggs and wheat toast with the Plain Dealer sports page on the side.
Counter Talk: "Big Al's is in walking distance from my house, and it has great coffee. I come here for my personal waitress who is the bomb. She makes my coffee extra hot just the way I like it."