Don Lee opened last week. I drove by on Thursday evening and it was packed. On Sunday, we decided to try it out. It was still packed and remained packed after our meal was finished. Here is a photo of the inside.
As you can see in the photo, it almost has the looks of a Denny’s in the US. It is large enough to handle a fair amount of people and it is a very casual layout. The line you see in the left of the photo is waiting to place their order.
The menu is displayed on LCD TVs hanging in the front. Communications between the order takers and the kitchen, which is behind glass windows for all to see, is by computer and very efficient. After placing your order, there is a row of chairs to wait for your order to be filled. There is also a takeout window that will be open soon, so you can just drive through.
So from the presentation standpoint, it is new, clean efficient and casual.
Now from the food standpoint, I thought it was only fair. The food was served in takeout Styrofoam containers with plastic utensils. If you had more than you could eat all they had to do was to give you a top to put on your container and you were ready to go. I prefer to eat on real plates with real silverware.
One interesting touch was the drinks. When your drink was in the cup, the cup was placed in a machine that placed a plastic sealing cover on it. All food coming out of the kitchen ready to go. If you eat inside, they just don’t put the tops on your meal containers.
It has been a few years since I have been to a Don Lee in Panama City and maybe I had forgotten what it was like. Except for the newness and it being air conditioned, I would prefer eating at La Tipica. I personally think all the food I have had at La Tipica is better tasting, but that is just my opinion.
To get to Don Lee, you take the InterAmerican Highway and turn left on the road to the airport. Don Lee will be on the left before you get to Super99.