Sharp's has been a Brookside institution for more than a decade, and it's always packed on Saturday mornings. Still, not everyone loves the diner as much as its die-hard regulars, who manage to overlook the unattractive décor, the perfunctory service and the hit-or-miss quality of the food. But after Marty Jenkins (a former Sharp's waiter) and partner Kim Hamilton purchased the restaurant from Tracy Sharp a year ago, the place got an interior makeover so stylish that we suspect Queer Eye
's Thom Filicia might have had something to do with it. Menu changes have been minor (though Jenkins and Hamilton have added a decent meatloaf dinner and fried onion straws), but the kitchen is more consistent. Even better, the servers don't act so hungover in the mornings (even when they are), and occasionally they -- gasp! -- smile. Lately we've heard some of the most vocal critics of the old Sharp's confess to returning on a regular basis. Though we'll never stop bitching about the inexplicably popular cream-of-water-chestnut soup, we admit we're among the converts.