Smyrna Diner

Smyrna Diner (Smyrna, Delaware)

On the way back to Virginia, Tim and I found a local diner in Smyrna, Delaware.  Luckily for us, it was just called the “Smyrna diner.”  To be honest, I had to spell check Smyrna about ten times while completing this post.  I think by the end of writing it I mastered spelling Smyrna.

Anyways, this is the second Delaware Diner I’ve been too.  I’m not sure if my goal is to go all of the New Jersey diners or to try diners in every state.

Smyrna Diner Atmosphere: A

The atmosphere of the Smyrna Diner is very different from the business of the New Jersey diners.  It’s a cute, local restaurant.  They were already decorated for Christmas. It has a small mom and pop vibe to it. I felt like I was sitting in my grandma’s kitchen.  The staff was also amiable and made you feel at home.

Smyrna Diner Coffee: A

I feel like I just said this last week at the Stratford diner, but the Smyrna diner had the best-whipped cream I’ve had in a very long time.  I wanted to say: instead of coffee, please bring me whipped cream.  While dining at the Smyrna Diner, I tried to get as many coffee refills as possible just because the whipped cream was so good.  Smyrna Diner Coffee

Smyrna Diner Food: B

The Smyrna Diner menu is extensive and has pretty much anything a local diner would have. There is all-day breakfast, lunches, and dinner. I was pretty hungry, so I ordered pea and dumpling soup.  It was good.

Smyrna Diner Soup

For my entree at the Smyrna Diner, I ordered the Greek Salad with chicken.  One thing I enjoyed about this particular Greek salad was it came in a giant bowl.  I feel like I’ve had a lot of diner salads on plates (which ends up with half of it on the floor).  I liked the salad, but there was nothing unusual about it.  It was a “Greek salad” but just had olives, lettuce, feta cheese, and chicken.  I think it reminded me of a Greek Salad at Grandma’s house.

The one unique thing about it was it had an entire layer of feta cheese. It wasn’t block feta, which made me happy.  I like block feta, but I find it a pain to eat on salads.  I would rather have the feta mixed in.  I think this salad was 1 part salad, ten parts cheese.  Looking back the salad at the Smyrna Diner was precisely the type of salad you would expect at Grandma’s house.

Smyrna Diner Salad

Smyrna Diner Dessert: A

I decided to order the coconut cake on a whim, and I’m so glad we did.  It was the best coconut cake I’ve had.  I’m usually a frosting person, but I found myself enjoying the actual cake just as much.  The cake was very light and fluffy, and the frosting was extremely rich.  This dessert at the Smyrna Diner was terrific.

Smyrna Diner Coconut Cake

Smyrna Diner Coconut Cake (2)

Smyrna Diner Price: $

For two drinks, two meals and the coconut cake we paid 23 dollars.

Overall Atmosphere of the Smyrna Diner:  A

Would I come back to the Smyrna Diner?

I liked how low key and local the Smyrna Diner seemed.  While it is right off the highway, it gives the “mom and pop” type of atmosphere.  I would come back to have more coconut cake honestly.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to a mom and pop type of place?

Have you had coconut cake before?

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  1. This seems like a really awesome diner! I would totally order your meal too because I love Greek salads and also coconut cake (but I’m biased and think my mom makes the best… we have a restaurant here that is known for it tho). Plus that’s a super cheap price… $23 for both people to eat… wow. You can’t eat cheap like that in Charleston, unfortunately :(.

    They did a really great job of putting the whipped cream on your coffee. Looks too fun to drink.

  2. I love mom and pop diners so much! They just make me happy. I used to go to this one in Upstate NY with my great grandpa, and I think it was in a trailer?! I’ll have to ask my mom the name of it. Maybe the Edinberg Diner? Anyways, I always got breakfast there and it was soo good. Happy memories.

    I love when diners (or restaurants in general) aren’t stingy with their portions! And you can’t beat $23 for a meal for two plus dessert!

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