The Golden Gate Diner (Allentown, PA)
In typical LOLZ fashion, while in Bethlehem for the Runners World Festival I drove by a diner. It looked cute, and there were parking spots available, so I doubled back and went. The Golden Dawn Diner is actually on the outskirts of Allentown. I immediately sat down at a booth in the back. It was clear it was a very “regulars” place. The staff and customers all knew each other!
The outside is a shiny metallic building. I’ve been to a lot of “classic style” diners lately. I love the look of a long shiny metallic car with Easter colored booths and tables. The inside was neat and tidy. The inside atmosphere was clear everyone knew each other.
The waitress was extremely friendly. It was clear she knew all of the regulars, and I watched as she chatted with each table. She knew everyone and made a point to get to know me as well. I enjoyed the overall atmosphere of a small town diner where the customers and staff are all good friends. It’s rewarding to see that because you know people enjoy the diner and become a regular there!
The coffee was good. It wasn’t unusual but the staple diner coffee you come to expect. It was slightly burnt, and the whipped cream was good. One thing I did like was the slightly bigger than average coffee mugs (so sorry, I forgot to take a photo!)
I ordered the chicken salad wrap. There were several options from omelets to salads to wraps. I asked my waitress what her favorite item was on the menu, and she said the wraps were pretty good. Since I was racing the 5k the next morning, I didn’t want anything too heavy. The chicken salad wrap with like the perfect option. It was jam packed with leaf lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and, of course, chicken. I would have preferred more chicken, but I enjoyed it a lot. I also ordered a cup of vegetable soup but forgot to take a photo of it.
For my food, the total was 8 dollars. It was the cheapest meal I’ve had in a very long time. The quality was typical diner quality food but still good.
Overall thoughts/would I come back?
I enjoyed my food, but I definitely could have used more food! If I’m ever in Allentown again, I wouldn’t be opposed to stopping but I would probably want to try another diner! It’s a cute and stereotypical diner.
Overall score: B
Question for you: Are you a regular anywhere?