By Erika Webb
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri missed one. Actually he missed two, because Hannah's Family Diner and Scott's Grill -- in a stroke of overhead-lowering genius -- share the same location. The little diner/bistro with big taste at the corner of Reed Canal and Nova roads is Hannah's by day and Scott's by night.
Recently, Hometown News visited Hannah's at lunchtime, which is also breakfast time as breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We were greeted by the heavenly aromatic mingling of maple syrup and salty ham. We were welcomed by an exceptionally friendly staff, including owner Kevin Hannah, who spends all day cooking at the grill.
Good old-fashioned diners are not a dime a dozen these days, so to stumble into a perfect replica is to appreciate a dalliance into "way back when."
Besides the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen, we were impressed by the restaurant's cleanliness. There is plenty of seating, but ample space between tables allows diners to avoid that "too close for comfort" feeling that exists in some smaller eateries.
A look at the varied menu tempted me to do breakfast. Maybe even Pop's Gut Buster with biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, two slices of bacon piled on top of home fries -- all topped with shredded cheddar and jalapenos ($7.99).
Or the Round Robin, a whole wheat English muffin brushed with olive oil, topped with Swiss cheese, poached egg and avocado slices ($3.99).
But then ...
I zeroed in on the Panini Pressed Sandwiches, specifically the Smoked Turkey with Gouda cheese, tomato, onion and Bistro Sauce ($6.99). What a blending. The turkey was fresh, tender and savory, folded over grilled onions which were cooked just long enough to release sweetness and retain some crunch. Deliciously different, the sauce had a slight bite, maybe horseradish, superbly enhanced by those sweet onions. The Gouda melted through and around the other components lending creaminess to every bite.
Kev's Fat Boy Burger ($7.29) elicited this response from Hometown News photographer Randy Barber:
"I like my burgers medium-well, which doesn't always end up being as juicy as the one I ate at Hannah's. It literally excited my taste buds; each bite was full of flavor, served with an egg on top.
Having a fried egg on my hamburger was a first for me, but I have seen it numerous times on various food TV shows. It was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. French fries, a staple with any burger, complemented the meal perfectly. They were crisp, golden brown and unlike those you get at a fast-food joint. I'm so glad for the chance to review the restaurant because I'm always cautious in trying something for the first time. I will be heading back soon to try their omelets and their breakfast burrito and biscuits and gravy and..."
The fresh Peach Cobbler rendered us speechless. First, it came steaming from the oven. We stared as the whipped cream slid down from its perch to mingle. What is it about peaches bubbling around crust that leaves one's mouth agape?
We dug in.
The flavor of those peaches transported me to a roadside stand somewhere in Georgia.
Mr. Hannah said after working in sales for national food distribution companies, then running Pub 44 in New Smyrna Beach for five years, he wanted a change.
"It was time to work for myself," he said. "I wanted to do it on my own."
Mr. Hannah, his wife Robin and their daughter KC "are truly a family from Port Orange," he said. Their mission is to offer a great product at an affordable price, with good service in a clean, safe environment -- a place people will feel good about, return often and refer to family and friends.
Hannah's Family Diner and Scott's Grill are at 968 Reed Canal Road in South Daytona. Hanna's is open 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Scott's is open 4 p.m.-10 p.m. offering a full dinner menu. For information or carry out (available from 11 a.m.), call (386) 256-4918.