Court Street Diner

★★★★☆
  • 18 N Court St

    Athens, OH 45701

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  • 740-594-8700

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The Court Street diner is a fun little place, all old-school and shiny with tasty fish and chips, Reubens, and pies, among other fare. Inexpensive and good for lunch.

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The Court Street diner is a fun little place, all old-school and shiny with tasty fish and chips, Reubens, and pies, among other fare. Inexpensive and good for lunch.

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One of the greatest attributes of the Court Street Diner is its atmosphere. The aesthetic of an 1950s diner has been preserved authentically. Although it's flashy, and the walls are covered with 50s albums, it doesn't feel gimmicky or over-produced, which is what one gets from a Johny Rocket's or a Steak and Shake.

As for the food, I can speak for the breakfast--which is great. I ordered a veggie-lover's omelet, but the omelet I was served had ham cubes in it (though it contained plenty of vegeatables as well). Aside from the fact that they mixed up my order, it was a happy mistake. I'm not a vegetarian, and the meal they served me was delcious, and so this was barely a problem.

Their hash browns were the best part of the breakfast. They used a lot of oil, and crisped and browned them well, which is my personal preference. I don't like undercooked and flaccid hash browns. My girlfriend got a huge Belgium waffle that was delicious. It was crispy on the outside, and cooked just enough so that it wasn't doughy in the middle, but still moist and not dry.

Regarding the service, my waitress seemed like a nice girl, but she was really busy and dismissive. I suspect the management, like many restaurants today, obligate their servers to too many tables. I watched the girl attempt to aid about six or seven tables--some of them four-tops--and as a former server myself, I can tell you that there is no way she could have delivered perfect customer service with that much to do. She did quite well, considering. She was pleasant, but stoic, and I can't blame her. I would be too if thirty impatient people were mean-mugging me.

Because of how much she had to do my coffee didn't get filled up all that much, which is a cardinal sin for me when one goes into a diner in the morning for breakfast. One should have a piping hot cup of bitter brew filled to the brim of a good mug, and perpetually so. This transforms a great diner into a perfect one. Sadly this didn't happen here. They were brewing a local roaster's coffee--Perk's Coffee--which I didn't particularly like. I'm inclined to believe they use Robusta coffee beans, which are usually flavorless, flat, and weak-bodied, irrespective of how you roast them.

My breakfast, including my girlfriend's waffle, with only one cup of coffee, came to twenty bucks with a 15% tip. I feel like this was worth it, although I was inclined to get a cup of coffee elsewhere, considering I wasn't able to get my caffeine fix. Price wise, then, they're average. They're not giving away good deals, but I don't think they're overpriced. It would be nice if two people could get a good breakfast each for at most $8.50 each, tip included. 10 bucks a person is pushing it in my book, but the atmosphere--the exciting, bright, authentic 50s diner--is definitely worth a extra few bucks.

I'd recommend the Court Street Diner for breakfast. Despite my bad coffee experience, skilled service, great atmosphere, and a good omelet made this place a good experience for me.

3
★★★☆☆

One of the greatest attributes of the Court Street Diner is its atmosphere. The aesthetic of an 1950s diner has been preserved authentically. Although it's flashy, and the walls are covered with 50s albums, it doesn't feel gimmicky or over-produced, which is what one gets from a Johny Rocket's or a Steak and Shake.

As for the food, I can speak for the breakfast--which is great. I ordered a veggie-lover's omelet, but the omelet I was served had ham cubes in it (though it contained plenty of vegeatables as well). Aside from the fact that they mixed up my order, it was a happy mistake. I'm not a vegetarian, and the meal they served me was delcious, and so this was barely a problem.

Their hash browns were the best part of the breakfast. They used a lot of oil, and crisped and browned them well, which is my personal preference. I don't like undercooked and flaccid hash browns. My girlfriend got a huge Belgium waffle that was delicious. It was crispy on the outside, and cooked just enough so that it wasn't doughy in the middle, but still moist and not dry.

Regarding the service, my waitress seemed like a nice girl, but she was really busy and dismissive. I suspect the management, like many restaurants today, obligate their servers to too many tables. I watched the girl attempt to aid about six or seven tables--some of them four-tops--and as a former server myself, I can tell you that there is no way she could have delivered perfect customer service with that much to do. She did quite well, considering. She was pleasant, but stoic, and I can't blame her. I would be too if thirty impatient people were mean-mugging me.

Because of how much she had to do my coffee didn't get filled up all that much, which is a cardinal sin for me when one goes into a diner in the morning for breakfast. One should have a piping hot cup of bitter brew filled to the brim of a good mug, and perpetually so. This transforms a great diner into a perfect one. Sadly this didn't happen here. They were brewing a local roaster's coffee--Perk's Coffee--which I didn't particularly like. I'm inclined to believe they use Robusta coffee beans, which are usually flavorless, flat, and weak-bodied, irrespective of how you roast them.

My breakfast, including my girlfriend's waffle, with only one cup of coffee, came to twenty bucks with a 15% tip. I feel like this was worth it, although I was inclined to get a cup of coffee elsewhere, considering I wasn't able to get my caffeine fix. Price wise, then, they're average. They're not giving away good deals, but I don't think they're overpriced. It would be nice if two people could get a good breakfast each for at most $8.50 each, tip included. 10 bucks a person is pushing it in my book, but the atmosphere--the exciting, bright, authentic 50s diner--is definitely worth a extra few bucks.

I'd recommend the Court Street Diner for breakfast. Despite my bad coffee experience, skilled service, great atmosphere, and a good omelet made this place a good experience for me.

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How often do you see a real diner these days? This is the cutest restaurant. It looks like a 50s diner - shiney silver on the outside and everything. All-American food.

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How often do you see a real diner these days? This is the cutest restaurant. It looks like a 50s diner - shiney silver on the outside and everything. All-American food.

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Great for family dinning. Great burgers and shakes. Other menu items are good but diners are known for burgers and shakes.

2
★★★★☆

Great for family dinning. Great burgers and shakes. Other menu items are good but diners are known for burgers and shakes.

Pros: Family-friendly

 

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