The 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.
By 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.