The Diner

DSC05272The Diner, located on South Broadway, recently re-opened after a driver crashed his SUV into the front of the restaurant causing extensive damage.  With a revamped dining room, menu additions, and a transition to a sit down restaurant vs. the former order at counter, The Diner has alot to offer.

I never had a chance to eat at The Diner B.C. (before crash), so I can’t really compare the new and presumably improved Diner to the old one, but I can say that I had a pretty good experience there on the night of their grand re-opening.  My sister and I came in for dinner to try it out after she saw a Facebook status that they were offering free pancakes on their opening day.  Though we waited a long time to get our food, I was actually really impressed with what I ordered.  I got a slice of ham quiche and a cup of chicken tortilla soup, and my sister had the blackened chicken with veggies.  We both agreed that everything was delicious.  I did take one of the free pancakes home and ate it later for dessert, and it was also very tasty.

DSC05280By far, the coolest thing about The Diner is the awesome pictures in their dining room of old Tyler restaurants.  I didn’t get to look at them all, but I did see one that appeared to be the Jake’s building, and another that could have possibly been in the tall antique shop just south of the Square.  I’d like to go back sometime and inspect the pictures more closely.

Overall, I think The Diner is a pretty great place.  The food is good and reasonably priced, the interior is pleasantly decorated, and it’s conveniently located less than a mile from my new office.  I feel confident in saying that I will be visiting again soon.

DSC05279The Diner
7924 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-5252
(903) 509-3463

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  1. Regarding the comment about enjoying the old photographs…

    I helped LLoyd Nichols (the owner) & his wife select the photos that are in the restaurant. All are reproductions of vintage photos of early Tyler restaurants, except for one: a Dallas-area restaurant that the owner once managed. I also assisted Kamla Utz select the photos used at her & her husband’s downtown restaurant, Jake’s Tyler, as well as other Tyler businesses.

    If you enjoy Tyler history, please visit my Facebook page “Past Glimpses of Tyler, Texas” and/or look for my two Tyler history books at local and on-line retailers!

  2. I really like the chicken fried steak and grilled tomatoes and of course the fried pickles.

  3. Hands down, the BEST French toast and pancakes anywhere. Always good food and good service. Wish they stayed open longer at night, at least on the weekends.

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