There’s nothing quite like a classic diner. Whether it’s Saturday morning, a late-night food run, or even a weekday afternoon late lunch, piled-high pancakes and golden hash browns somehow always manage to sound good. The following diners will ignite your cravings and satisfy them, as soon as you’re able to decide which Utah diner you’ll try first.
Cafe 300 is a charming and wildly popular diner in South Provo. Every item on Cafe 300’s menu is worth trying, but the diner is known for its French toast. Made with custard and a handful of other secret ingredients, one serving is practically the size of your arm. With a side of crispy, country potatoes, you’ll enjoy the breakfast combo of kings.
Hub and Spoke is the love child of a classic diner and a hipster. Here, fried chicken is paired with sweet potato waffles and the menu features delicious options for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. You’ll be tempted to stuff yourself at this place, and even more so when you see a slice of their coveted “Sweet Dream Pie.” Fortunately, Hub and Spoke isn’t just open for breakfast. It also has a dinner menu, and pie is available all day long.
The Vertical Diner has taken a different approach to traditional diner expectations by focusing on vegetarian comfort food. Mixing nostalgia for the classic diner experience with modern culinary traditions, the diner prioritizes organic produce and partnerships with local organizations.
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With an unexpected and intriguing history, Road Island Diner has been attracting customers since it opened in Utah a decade ago. Originally a popular air-stream, Art Deco-style, family diner hat opened following the Great Depression, in 2007, the diner was sold and transported across the country to Oakley, where it was restored to its former glory. All things considered, Road Island Diner is one-of-a-kind, with delicious food and unbeatable authenticity.
As I slipped a quarter into a working wall mounted juke box and pushed H and then 2... the mechanical buttons hummed and then clicked mechanically starting a familiar tune, it was not digital, it was magical... it hinted of memories from long ago when my legs did not touch the floor while sitting on bar stools, but allowed me to spin back and forth. The amazing people at the Rode Island Diner in Oakley, UT have stopped time. The early 1900's dining car houses everything that you hope it would. The food, the smiles, the smell, and the soul is worth the trip back in time... take a quarter or two and enjoy a tune and a turn or two on the bar stools... two thumbs up! #diner #nostalgia #greatfood #jukebox
So many diners get away with making their restaurant more of a fast-food experience, but No Frills Diner is obviously against this strategy—menu items are always fresh and carefully prepared. You’ll feel like you’re among family at this place, which is part of the reason why so many Ogden and Salt Lake City natives keep coming back.
With locations in Nephi, Spanish Fork, and Lehi, One Man Band is everything you’d expect from a traditional American diner. For starters, you order your meal with a telephone at your table and can even enjoy tunes from the restaurant’s jukebox. It will be tempting to fill up on scones and maple butter, but if you can, save room for the diner’s delicious biscuits and gravy.
Opened in 1984, the Park Café is a popular breakfast and lunch spot in Salt Lake City. Whether you order its legendary blueberry pancakes or even a simple coffee and toast, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be disappointed with your experience. The Park Café is like a well-oiled machine—lines are long, service is quick, and customers always leave satisfied. This is not a Salt Lake City diner to miss.
An American-style restaurant that serves breakfast all day on every day of the week, the Blue Plate Diner. This diner is good food in a funky, creative atmosphere with uber-friendly service. All dishes are worth trying, but the salmon benedict, pancakes, chili verde burrito, and corned beef hash are cult favorites. Another plus? This place sells drinkable shakes, differing from the majority of Utah diners/burger joints that only sell shakes you have to eat with a spoon.
Located near Park City and Heber City, Utah, Kamas is a charming, small-town that is often frequented by outdoorsmen, skiers, and even celebrities who are staying in the area’s fancy cabins. Opened in 2013, the diner was the dream of Gabe Morin who moved to Utah for skiing and college in 1992, and later to the Kamas Valley in 2010 with his wife. Unlike most diners in Utah, this place also serves beer and wine, in addition to an impressive all-day menu of “simple food done right.”
You could say J C’s Country Diner is in a relatively out-of-the-way area, but once you’ve tried their signature hash browns and pancakes, the diner will become the center of your universe. And you will soon find your way back here. The food here is absolutely classic.