Spotlight On Coastal Cuisine: Home of the foot-long dog, Pop’s Diner Serves up Unique Food Items in a Nostalgic Atmosphere
- Published on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 01:10
- Written by Super User
Pop’s Diner is at 104 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday - Saturday.
By: Candace Lookingbill
When you enter Pop’s Diner, you step back in time to a 50s diner. Amy Webster has owned the diner for the last two years and keeps the atmosphere and décor that of an authentic classic diner. It is open seven days a week offering a wide-range of menu items.
The menu includes everything from burgers, hot dogs, fresh seafood, slow-cooked bar-b-cue, corn beef and brisket, fried Oreos and Twinkies to name a few. They serve the highest quality of fresh and homemade ingredients. The appetizer menu includes wings, chicken tenders, cheese fries, nachos, pickles, soft pretzel and soups in season. Pop’s is the home of the foot-long hot dog and corn dog, and also offers beef or pork dogs and veggie dogs. Burgers come in a single size to quadruple size. There are also turkey and veggie burgers.
The subs come in 6- or 12-inch size and they offer anything from the Philly cheesesteak to a shrimp po’ boy and also offers a veggie sub. The prices are reasonable and start at $5.95 for a 6-inch Philly cheesesteak sub to $12.95 for a 12-inch po’ boy.
Also offered is a large variety sandwich menu. The beef brisket sandwich is served with pepper jack cheese, homemade chipotle bar-b-cue sauce and slaw on Texas toast and is $5.95. The Reuben sandwich is made of corn beef, homemade sweet secret sauce, aged Swiss cheese and your choice of sauerkraut or slaw on rye bread for $5.95. On the seafood sandwich menu is the flounder po’boy, soft shell crab and crab cakes. There are several options for baskets, from chicken tenders with waffles to shrimp and grits, yum.
The potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw are made fresh daily. And, they make their own pink lemonade and fresh-brewed Southern sweet tea. On the side items include deep-fried corn-on-the-cob, sweet potato fries, and hushpuppies to nachos.
Do you have room for dessert? The dessert menu also offers up homemade dishes. In addition to the fried Oreos and Twinkies, they make a brownie sundae, mud pie frozen cheesecake which is a large piece of frozen cheesecake on a stick then it is dipped in either chocolate or cherry coating. Also available is soft-served burst ice cream, which has a burst of flavor in every bite.
Pop’s Diner is a family-oriented diner, you will not find a television, but, you will hear great oldie but goody music of the past. In addition to the booths, there are three large tables that will seat eight. The child’s dinner includes a side dish and a drink.
They use shortening frying oil which is gluten free and peanut allergy free. They are certified in ServSafe and have a grade of 98.5 for sanitation. They are the only late-night diner on the island and offer unique menu items. The full menu and desserts are available until closing.
In mid- to late September, homemade soups and chili will come back on the menu and they will offer daily specials.
Pop’s Diner is at 104 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For details or to order take-out, call 910-458-7377. After Labor Day, hours will change, but they will remain open late night on Friday and Saturday nights. Like them on Facebook. For a great dining experience with great atmosphere here is the place to go.