Court Street Diner

18 North Court St.
Athens, OH 45701

The Court Street Diner fits the mold of a classic 50’s classic American rail car diner on the outside. However, the flavors the local charm offer are anything but outdated. Court Street Diner offers classic food at all times of the day, and it’s just so good. There are more than a few reasons to come back to the restaurant, from its outstanding daily specials to the very comfortable, classic environment.

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The Diner usually opens early to serve fresh breakfast of all types. It offers omelets, pancakes, and virtually any other food you can imagine, all at reasonable prices. Even at peak meal times, I was surprised at how quickly the food came.

  • Eggs Benedict: Very simple poached eggs over ham and English muffins topped with hollandaise sauce. Great with those hash browns, which are perfect with a bit of hot sauce.
  • Breakfast Quesadilla: Eggs and cheese, can you go wrong? This is one of the lighter things to try on the menu but no less good. 
  • Reuben: The Reuben sandwich is a favorite, and there aren’t many good ones in Athens. The dressing on the side makes it great to get fries and dip them.
  • Burgers: There have been plenty of burgers in the years I have come here, my favorite featured jalapenos and spicy cheese. Definitely hotter but still worth it!
  • Cinnamon rolls: Enormous and made to share, these rolls are very sweet and topped liberally with icing.
  • Omelette: A classic omelette, this one is made Denver style with peppers and onions and cheese. Great with a view of Court Street.
  • Fritatta: A very sturdy omelette filled with spinach and bacon. Delicious, though a bit heavy on the cheese. Add hot sauce, and you’re golden.
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich: Grilled plain, but with veggies and mayo if you like. Simple and to the point, which is probably what you’re looking for if you just spent last night drinking at the bars next door.
  • Potato Soup: Naturally one of those options for a brunch and sandwich shop. Bring on the cheese and chives! They make this one rich and tasty.
  • BLT: All-around crunchy option, with a ton of extra crispy bacon inside crispy toast.

The diner’s prime location on Court Street and comfortable seating makes it a very pleasant place to relax with a friend and enjoy a meal while people-watching. While in the diner, I even saw Athens mayor Paul Wiehl doing some work while getting a bite to eat. A variety of people frequent the restaurant, but it clearly has a charm that older people enjoy.

To make matters more interesting, the Diner has a daily special for breakfast, lunch and dinner: a different platter (usually a sandwich) with side and a soft drink for cheap. The specials change often and are different every day of  the week. In the meantime, many treats are always good, such as the 50’s milkshake, served in a tall glass with a candy cherry. Most of them are delicious, and I would suggest the diner as a destination to bring almost anyone who likes classic diner food. There is even a variety of options for kids to chose, though I would say again that the restaurant is most certainly designed to be enjoyed by adults.

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