When Bill Crow, chief cook and co-owner (with his wife) of the small Cook Shack Café, was a firefighter, he regularly cooked meals for the rest of the crew at the fire station. After he retired, Crow decided to follow his dream and open a little neighborhood joint, taking a lease on the freestanding building that for years was the Kabob House. It's not fancy, it's open only for breakfast and lunch, and there's nothing as hoity-toity as eggs Benedict on the morning menu. Crow focuses instead on the simple stuff: eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, omelets (his popular Philly-steak omelet is as complicated as things get) and fluffy pancakes. You can complain that the prices could be lower here, but devotees will remind you that Crow's diner is a full-service sit-down restaurant, not a McDonald's.