Author Bradley Finnearty
A nice warm winter day always makes Bobbi and I want to get out and enjoy the day. On this day we decided to head to the Hocking Hills Market to visit the craft and antique malls. When we arrived we decided to give Sandy Sue's Silver Diner a try. The one thing I can say is that it definitely was not a mistake to do that.
First thing when you pull up in front of the diner is you just get a feeling of nostalgia, that is for those old enough to remember the old road side diners that dotted the roads in the past. Not all of them were "silver diners" but you can not mistake the feeling. It was about the same.
When entering there was one of the old time jukeboxes in the entry way. I am sure that it played digital music instead of 45 records, but all the same it was still there. The counter was in clear view with a couple of older gentlemen setting at the end of it talking. Much the way it would have been in the 1960's.
“Anybody who doesn’t think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy.”--Calvin Trillin
We took our seats and were quickly waited on by our server who asked if wanted something to drink and returned with those drinks promptly.
We were given time to look over the menu and make our choice. I opted for the fish tail, fries and coleslaw. Bobbi chose the Chicken Chile. Again the order was made quickly and delivered to the table hot. That was impressive as there were two other tables of people there who arrived about the same time as us.
I have to say that I have been to a lot of restaurants in my life and had a lot of sea food. Until my experience at Sandy Sue's the best fish I had ever had was at a little sea side diner in North Carolina. That was until now. The fish was tender, flaky with a great flavor. The Fries were perfectly done and that is saying something. I am very picky about my fries. I don't like them if they are to crunchy, to hot or cold or to soft. These were in my opinion perfect. I will say that I was not a fan of the slaw. It was just not to the texture I liked. The flavor was okay, but the texture left some to be desired. But that is my opinion and you know what they say about opinions. They are like arm pits, everyone has some and most stink.
Bobbi offered me some of the chicken chili that she had. I have to say a small offer as she was engrossed in it. I can understand why. It was really great chili. Not to spicy with a great flavor. I will definitely get that the next time we go. That is if they have it. It was a "special" and it was also the first time they offered it. I have to say it was a great "experiment" on their part. So the atmosphere was great, the food was exceptional what about the pricing? Well that makes it three for three. Our check with the above described food and two drinks came to $16. That makes it worth the short drive out of town to eat there. If you are a tourist in the area visiting Hocking Hills State Park or one of the other attractions in the area you will do yourself an injustice by not stopping by and getting something.We are going to make it one of our regular dining establishments.
The rest of the trip was just as nice. The large amount of store and things to see that the flea market made the trip enjoyable. Unfortunately the putt putt golf course was closed, which was a bummer but the rest of the experience was great.
If you are taking a trip to the Hocking Hills this summer you have to take a half a day or so to see what it is all about. The locals already know.
About the author
I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.
What about you? Have you ever been to Sandy Sue's? Do you have a favorite diner that you like to go to? What about the old silver diners, is there one in your area?