Location: downtown Durango, shares a common 'external entrance' with another business. look for the red and white sign at second floor level as it's small and tucked in. they also had a sandwich board of specials out front when we were there today which helped make it easier to find.
Ambiance: true to the name diner. no fancy trappings, just good food. looking for a table? there are a couple in the front window area but most seating is the old style chrome/vinyl stool at the formica counter where you can watch them cook your order. this is NOT a fancy place so if you're looking for upscale, go somewhere else. but if you're looking for good food, a good price, huge portions and/or really nice folks, come on in, sit a spell, chat and eat!
Food: serving early and you can get breakfast or whatever you want anytime of day. watch them cook your order right in front of you. if you like hashbrowns, these guys have the real thing - the literally shred the massive potato for your order right over the grill in front of you when you order. portions are enormous so plan on a 1/2 order of something, splitting with another in your party or taking some left overs home with you. our order included a "kitchen sink" omelette (ham, chesse, onions, bell peppers, eggs, covered in green chile) which includes a huge side of hash browns and 2 pcs of toast and an order of huevos rancheros which filled the entire plate and then had a second plate of hash browns on the side! really tasty all around (you can choose green or red chile, i heartily recommend the green). we were both very full (having not eaten dinner last night we were both very hungry when we came in) and still took home a very full take out box of our left overs which will be dinner tonight. if you really like their chile they also sell it by the jar. i loved it so we picked up a large jar of green to go as well. as an aside, being from the south, i am an iced tea junkie and often find tea outside the south to be watered down, made from that nasty syrup stuff or made in the coffee maker and tasting more of coffee than tea. these guys do a GREAT glass of real iced tea. no syrup, not made in a coffee pot/maker and not the wimpy watered down stuff that looks like somebody passed a brown crayon over the water and whispered an blessing on it. this was real, honest, proper strength, brewed iced tea. that alone would have made me a happy camper.
Staff: friendly and upbeat. not hovering but chatty enough if you want to talk. Gary the owner appears to be onsite most of the time and was cooking while we were there as well.
this is one of those places i'll remember and will recommend to anybody who mentions they will be in Durango. we'd definitely eat here again (and since we're in town another 4 days we might! LOL)
$$: under $30 for the two of us including breakfast, drinks, tip, tax AND a large jar of green chile to go...lots of left overs means we'll be eating a second meal from this as well. what a DEAL!
Also Note: parking is parallel along the street and has parking meters (for all businesses downtown). come prepared with quarters or your Discover card (i know, how odd that was the choice for a card type!). the diner will give you change which is fine if you're parked nearby but can be a challenge if you made a couple block hike like we did. a quarter gets you 15 minutes of parking time and it is widely held with the diner patrons that Durango police will ticket in a heartbeat. stick in an extra quarter if in doubt. save yourself the headache and enjoy your meal.
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