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In a former industrial district that was given a dazzling new lease on life, Bette's sends typical diner cuisine into the stratosphere. A jukebox and shiny counter bespeak the 1940s, and Philadelphia scrapple and corned-beef hash are popular. But FDR never tasted anything like these soaringly fluffy souffléed pancakes (served with seasonal fruits), or the lightly fried cod fillets, served on open-faced baguettes with house-made tartar. Expect consistency, as most menu items and preparations have been the same since Bette's opened in 1982. Be forewarned: Bette's wait times can be brutal, so bring a book and a sense of humor.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Price: $$

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, cash, check

Entertainment: jukebox

Extra Info: Uses natural beef and artisan ham when possible, along with some organic meats and produce, but not exclusively organic.

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