It’s been a few years since we started wanting to visit Dudley’s Diner in Toledo. For a while we were driving by it almost daily, watching its glass-and-chrome Art Deco diner exterior glisten in the sun as we went by. Unfortunately we were always on the way to somewhere else or simply weren’t hungry enough to feel the visit was justified. Yesterday evening when we were talking about an early morning of final Christmas shopping today it became apparent this restaurant was on-the-way to where we were going to split up to buy for each other. So this morning at 7 a.m. we snagged our 2-year-old Goddaughter and headed for Dudley’s.
Dudley’s Diner has been located on Reynold’s Rd. south of Dorr St. since 1955. About 7 years ago the owner built this new restaurant from the ground up and closed the former location for good. The former location lives on in photos and murals on the new diner’s walls, while the interior itself reflects the diner’s roots in the 1950s. Obvious differences are in the more modern equipment behind the counter, and the Soundspheres on the ceiling providing crystal-clear background music.
Of course our 2-year-old guest went with the Mickey Mouse pancake with syrup … which she honestly didn’t eat too much of (she is two after all). Mary went with the breakfast special of two eggs over medium with a short stack of pancakes. She’s been eating Egg Beaters for a couple months now, so having a couple real eggs was something she seriously appreciated! Her pancakes were light and fluffy, only needing a bit of syrup for the flavor she’s used to. I ordered the skillet, which you can see in the first photo in this post. This is basically a Spanish-style omelet placed over a layer of shredded-and-cooked hash browns, and finished with some shredded cheese. What’s nice about this skillet is that you can select your fillings individually. I ordered sausage, onion and green pepper, which were cooked in with the three eggs. While this is a modified Spanish omelet, it had a great flavor and was very satisfying. I’d order it again.
What we really liked about Dudley’s Diner though was the friendliness of the staff. We’re glad we stopped in, and probably won’t pass it up the next time we’re down on Reynold’s Rd.