Friday, December 17, 2010

5 & Diner: A 50's themed diner with timeless eats

UPDATE: 5 & Diner changed its name to the Pleasant Hill Diner, which has since closed.
Curiosity compelled me to check out 5 & Diner on a cold Sunday morning this past November.

5 & Diner is a 1950s-themed franchise based out of Arizona. A small chain, 5 & Diner boasts nine locations in Arizona, and four scattered across the Eastern half of the U.S., including their lone Iowa restaurant in Pleasant Hill.

I settled for a Southwestern Skillet: eggs made to order atop spicy sausage with green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cube-style "country" potatoes, served with jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole and tortilla. The potatoes were well browned but a few cubes were a tad undercooked. The sausage tasted like a mild chorizo. A fine dish fairly comparable to skillet breakfasts served at larger chain restaurants, I did lament the lack of jack cheese as listed on the menu.
My provider of transportation went for eggs over easy, bacon and shredded hash browns with biscuit. The hash browns could have been a little browner.

I suspect the kitchen staff were working to keep ahead of the nearly packed restaurant, so neither of our potatoes got the few extra minutes needed to properly brown the hash browns or fully cook my country potatoes. Not an issue that would keep me from coming back, given the opportunity.
5 & Diner, 5015 E. University Ave., Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Open Sun.-Thurs, 7am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 7am-10pm.
5 & Diner on Urbanspoon Photos from the Picasa Web Album: Reviewed Foods

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