What I immediately noticed about Tip Top is that it’s not as mainstream as the Mount Hope Diner or Jay’s Diner, which I greatly appreciated as a way of taking a break from the monotony of the class-filled weekdays and the same old on-campus weekend.
As we pulled into the parking lot, there were about 10 cars, but when we walked in the door, it was not nearly as crowded as I had expected.

With an elderly couple, two parents and their baby and a few people sitting up at the counter, the population was certainly an eclectic one, but I found that to be appealing.
The crowd actually made me feel like I was at home, a part of a new community and interacting with the real world, outside of the ‘college bubble.”

As soon as we entered, a waitress said we could seat ourselves, and it set a tone that continued throughout the meal a laid-back, relaxed brunch.

As I glanced around the restaurant, it appeared to be a typical restaurant with some booths along the perimeter of windows and tables and chairs spread throughout the center. It felt homey, as well; there was even a big whiteboard with bets for the Superbowl that the regular attendees were participating in.

Promptly, another waitress came up to our table, introduced herself, took our drink orders and seemed really happy to be there, which also improved our experience.
Looking at the menu, there were plenty of options, but not so many that it felt intimidating. You know that feeling where there are just so many choices that you never feel like you’ll find what you want?

This wasn’t like that, although at 1 p.m., with a full breakfast menu and a number of salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches, it did take a few minutes to decide whether I wanted to indulge in breakfast or lunch food.

In the end, my friend and I both got the breakfast food. She ordered pancakes, home fries and bacon, and I went for an Italian omelet with French fries.
In literally five minutes, our food was served hot and exactly as ordered, both timely and tasty.

By meal’s end, we received our bill, which included a student discount of 10 percent, and came out to about $10 a person. We had a good time, and if you’re looking for some fairly priced breakfast and lunch food, Tip Top Restaurant is for you.

Siegel is a member of the class of 2010.



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