The Whitehall Diner (Whitehall, Pa)
Almost two months ago now, I was lucky to have dinner with Allison. I’ve been reading Allisons blog for a while and she is an incredible runner. In October, when I raced the Runners World 5k and half marathon in her area we decided to meet up for dinner. She recommended the Whitehall Diner because she knows the owners. I typed this up a while ago but I’m just now getting around to posting it. So sorry, such a diner failure!
We got to the diner around 5 pm and it was already crowded. I knew it must be good if it’s crowded at grandma dinner time. I cannot even imagine how crowded it is between 6-8pm.
It was a beautiful slick building located on a hill. We arrived just as the sun was setting and it was gorgeous. The inside is huge and more similar to a restaurant versus a diner. It’s very modern and clean. The interior is open and has plenty of space. It’s huge so you don’t feel crowded or claustrophobic. There are several rooms and areas to sit.
Allison knew everyone, and the staff was all extremely friendly. The waitress was great and refilled my coffee several times. I have no complaints.
The coffee was piping hot each time. Hot coffee is important because it was the first and possibly only cold front so far this season. On a side note, was it colder in October than December because it feels that way.
I did not want anything other than piping hot coffee. The whipped cream was perfect and nearly overflowed out of the mug every time. The waitress was amused with my coffee intake but then again who isn’t?
The WhiteHall Diner has many options. There is everything from pancakes to eggs and lunch and dinner specials. Since it was before a race, I ordered something I’m familiar with: a Greek salad with salmon. It was great. My only complaint was that the portion size could have been bigger and I was slightly hungry aferwords, but I have an enormous appetite. The food was excellent, though. I liked that the salad included several grape leaves as well as anchovies. Sometimes Greek Salads lack both, and it’s quite upsetting. Grapes leaves and anchovies are my favorite.
For the coffee and the salad, the cost was 20. It wasn’t unusual, and I think the price was justified for the amount of food. It’s definitely more expensive than many diners but not the most pricey either. It’s about average for the amount of food and cost.
Overall thoughts/would I come back?
I would come back. Everything was great, and it’s in the top half of diners I’ve been too. Plus if I’m coming back, it generally means I get to see Allison so that is a win-win.
Questions for you:
What temperature do you prefer your coffee?
Piping hot for me
Is there a restaurant you’re a regular at?