The most perfectly preserved diner in America could quite possibly be in Winnemucca, you guys. With some of the most iconic neon in Nevada, The Griddle is located on the main drag through town and should be at the top of every foodie’s list.
Capturing the spirit of hospitality and tradition, The Griddle thrives on the platform of ‘Good Cookin’…and that it is. Since opening in 1948 as a seasonal operation, this hot spot has won the hearts [and mouths] of anyone who’s taken time to stop by and enjoy a meal for decades. After an impressively busy first few years, the owners, Mike and Betty Aboud decided to keep The Griddle open year round, sticking to breakfast and dinner. During this time, the Abouds carefully built a name and reputation that has lasted in the years since.
By the time the 1970s rolled around, the Abouds took a major leap of faith and switched to breakfast…and only breakfast. Although we aren’t sure they could’ve possibly made a bad choice at this point in the game, switching up their menu was a total game changer. Already having become quite the Nevada staple, The Griddle catapulted to even more success and became the institution it is known as today. It even became so successful that the Abouds opened a second location in Meridian, ID in 2007, a third in Eagle, ID in 2009 and a fourth in Boise, ID in 2012!
When visiting The Griddle today, empty stomached visitors can not only sink their teeth into some of the finest foods around prepared with exceptional care, but they will also have the chance to revel in retro-diner bliss. Seriously, it feels like you walked into a 1960s time capsule, and it’s totally amazing in every way possible. Open seven days a week, order breakfast favorites like raspberry crepes, cake-like buttermilk pancakes, or the ridiculously satisfying biscuits and gravy. Just be sure you order a tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to go along with it. For lunch try go-tos like the Reuben—homemade, slow-cooked corned beef topped with braised sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on Marble rye. Yum!
For a memorably delicious breakfast or lunch spot to hit when traveling our countryside, be sure to get The Griddle on the docket. This slice of Americana with a gourmet twist will turn you into a repeat customer in no time at all.