Monday, September 12, 2011

Road Island Diner - A Step Back in Time

Nestled in hills in the small town of Oakley Utah is a historic diner that has been featured on the food network. Walking into the diner is like taking a step back into the past with its green Italian marble counter tops, tiled floors, and Tiffany glass windows. The food here is just a sideshow to the atmosphere.


 981 W Weber Canyon Rd
 Oakley, UT 84061
 (435) 783-3467

Price of Meal:

Cheese Steak $8.99
Soda $1.99
Cherry flavor shot $0.79
Total cost of meal + Tax = $12.60

We had just gotten done backpacking in the High Uintas and decided that we were hungry enough to make the 20 mile drive out of our way to try out the Road Island Diner. I had heard they had a mean cheese steak and wanted to give it a try. The diner itself is an old 1939 O'Mahony Dining car. Which in of itself is impressive. To read more about the history of the diner car go to Jerry O'Mahony Dining Cars

The cheese steak was nice and juicy with large slices of peppers and onions. The steak was an interesting one, it was actually smoked brisket, a new twist that I wasn't sure about at first but in the end, ended up liking. My brisket was pretty good, but my brother seemed to end up with a lot of crispy over cooked pieces. Overall I really enjoyed my cheese steak. It was nice and messy and I needed a fork to finish it off once my sandwich was done.

I ordered a cherry coke (made from cherry syrup) which had to be one of the worst drinks I have ever had. I don't know what the problem was with the drink, but it didn't taste like coke and it didn't taste like cherry. I couldn't finish it and asked for a Dr. Pepper instead. I was a little surprised when I got my bill and saw that I was charge $0.80 cents for the cherry syrup squirt.

For the side that came with my sandwich I got the toasted mac-n-cheese, which was actually very good. I am not a huge mac-n-cheese guy, but I would order this on its own any day. It was that good.

Overall I enjoyed my sandwich, but didn't care much for the service or the cherry coke. Our server seemed to try, but just missed the mark. He had a corny sense of humor that I didn't really care for and would have rather just been left alone. I do wish he would have informed me of the price for a squirt of syrup rather than letting it surprise me when I got the bill. The cost of the meal was a little on the high side, but the atmosphere in which I ate it made up for it.

Even if you don't like the service or the food, it is worth stopping by just for the atmosphere.


Today's Sandwich: 8
Customer Service: 6
Overall Satisfaction: 7


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