Parents raised in the area are likely familiar with Greenville’s Eastside eatery Stax Omega Diner, but parents new to the area might not yet have discovered this family friendly restaurant off Haywood Road near Haywood Mall.
Established in 1988, the diner features a wide selection of breakfast, served all day, and other comfort foods, such as pot roast, burgers, sandwiches, paninis and more. They also have a large kid’s menu, the “little Stax’s menu,” which arrives on a coloring sheet allowing little ones to select their meals before creating a colorful masterpiece.
According to owner George Koumoustiotis, kids receive the same-sized portions as adults would, so make sure your kids bring their appetites. If they don’t, they’ll have leftovers to enjoy later.
The two most popular items on the kids menu are the diner’s Pasta Your Way — spaghetti with an option of marinara, meat sauce, Alfredo or butter — and their S’more Pancakes — buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips and marshmallows — both of which are indeed mouth-pleasers. Other items on the kid’s menu include a grilled cheese sandwich, jumbo hamburger, chicken strips — grilled or fried — and a kid’s Belgian waffle. Meals don’t include drinks, but I recommend the restaurant’s freshly squeezed orange juice no matter how old you are. Other drink options include soy milk, almond milk, apple juice, iced tea or soda.
Parents can also choose from daily features, which change frequently and could include eggplant Parmesan or special steaks. I recommend trying one of their breakfast skillets or omelets, but they also have meat and three plates during select hours.
Koumoustiotis said many families are frequent repeat customers who’ve made dining at the restaurant a family tradition. Parents who once ate there as children now bring their own kids once a week.
No matter what you try off their menu, there’s bound to be something to please every picky eater at your table.
Eat Out tip: Your waitress will probably give you one, but if she doesn’t, ask for one of their adhesive placemats for the kids. The disposable mats stick to the table, limiting accidents for little ones.