Farmingdale Diner Stars on Food Network


The newly renovated Farmingdale Diner just aired on Food Network’s hottest new show, The Hungry Games hosted by restaurateur and Top Chef All-Stars winner, Richard Blais.

Steve Sajos, the manager and one of the owners of the Farmingdale Diner, said the episode was all about diner slang. Most people don’t know that diners have a secret language all their own. It’s how the cooks keep track of all the orders and menu items. Richard Blais came in to uncover the secret slang. “GAC” stands for grilled American cheese, “wreck-em” means scrambled eggs and “foreign entanglements” equal spaghetti.

Richard Blais is from Uniondale, and according to Sajos, Blais was specifically looking for a diner on Long Island not far from where he grew up. Blais happened upon the Farmingdale Diner on a food review website. It had great reviews, so he decided to check it out. He was completely sold on filming there once he saw the open kitchen.

“It’s like the old days,” says Sajos. “He liked that old-fashioned diner look of the open kitchen where you can see the chefs cooking.”

Filming took place on September 9, when Blais spent a total of five hours working on the shoot and was well received by employees and customers alike. Any customers who arrived at the diner between 6 and 8 a.m. were allowed to stay for filming and act as fill-ins after they signed a release.

“Our customers have been really excited,” says Sajos. “It’s not every day you get to see yourself on the Food Network.”

The Farmingdale Diner is family-owned and operated by four brothers and their dad Nicholas, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 50 years. Steve’s dad and uncle owned a coffee shop in Greenwich Village for 30 years before opening a diner in Hicksville. The Sajos family ran that diner for 10 years until they bought the Farmingdale Diner in January 2014. They renovated the place for four months and officially opened at the end of April. The diner may have a modern look to it, but the Sajos family prides themselves on making old-school, homey dishes from scratch.

Their specialty dishes are pure comfort food, like beef goulash, Yankee pot roast, stuffed peppers and Salisbury steak. For breakfast, their best seller is their famous homemade Belgian waffles; the most popular snack is definitely their homemade mozzarella sticks. They slice pieces of mozzarella and bread them in their own special mixture before deep frying.

The episode on the Farmingdale Diner will air again on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and on Friday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. The first 15 minutes of this half hour show is devoted to diner slang and the Farmingdale Diner. The remaining  were filmed at other diners off Long Island where they discuss the truth behind the breakfast syrup debate: real or artificial?

So stop in for a bite at the Farmingdale Diner, and why not order a “drop two, whiskey down,” slang for poached eggs on rye toast.

 

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