Stateside Diner, Pink Lane, Newcastle

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I had the best of intentions at Stateside Diner.

I’d planned to meet up with a friend for just coffee. But the lure of the menu on an empty stomach was too much and good intentions don’t make great food reviews.

Tucked away in Pink Lane, the colourful eatery is decked out in a rock and roll style, including a free neon-flashing jukebox. The 1950s-theme extends to the menu and we dithered over breakfast choices including omelettes, burritos and pancakes.

We decided to go with a Drifter, which allows you to create your own five-item breakfast from choices including eggs, beans, hash browns and bacon.

At just £3.95, plus a hot drink with refill, it was a Yankee Doodle bargain.

I went for a slice of ham, two sausages, a poached egg and jalapeños. Not an obvious breakfast choice, but they added a kick to the first meal of the day.

My friend is about to jet off to foreign lands for a while, so went for as near to a full English as possible – bacon, fried egg, two sausages and buttered toast.

No complaints about the food – which was refreshingly grease-free – or the American-style customer service.

The waitress popped into the kitchen to check I could have my egg poached and decided my plate looked a little sparse, so added a complimentary slice of black pudding.

While we only saw the breakfast menu, the other meals of the day obviously have an American and Tex Mex theme.

Huge burgers, curly fries, waffles, potato skins, hot dogs and much more, plus a range of 30 flavours of milkshakes to choose from.

For those dining after hours, there’s a selection of cocktails and alcoholic milkshakes to wash your meal down with.

Most of the menu choices will see you left with change from £10 and there’s a ever-changing selection of holiday-themed specials.

Awesome, as the Americans would say, apart from a couple of sad, cold chips, sorry, fries, languishing under our table.

Jane O’Neill