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Restaurant Review: Dinky Diner

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post.  The opinions are completely my own.

When visiting northern Wisconsin, I rarely go out to eat.  I am lucky to have relatives there that are great cooks and have lots of fresh, delicious, food available.   I also am usually only up there for a long weekend at the most so finding good restaurants to eat at usually is not my priority.

Last weekend I was in Rhinelander for my cousin’s baby shower (to which I brought this delicious fruit pizza).  We ate in on Saturday night but decided to go out to breakfast on Sunday morning.  Everyone told me it had to be Dinky Diner. (The link is to their Yelp page since I can’t seem to find a website.)  Most everyone else that we went with had been there before, but it was the first time I had been there.

The diner is pretty small, but they fit in as many people as they have chairs!  We came with a group of 9 and only had to wait a few minutes for things to clear out enough for us to be seated.  The waitress was very nice and friendly and the restaurant had a funky kind of style, but was clean and welcoming.

Dinky Diner Sign

I started off with some hot tea.  Classic Lipton tea, nothing special, but I wasn’t really expecting more.

Dinky Tea

The menu there is honestly more extensive than I expected from a small northwoods diner.  There were pancakes, omelets, breakfast bowls, french toast, along with many other things to choose from.  I chose a bagel sandwich which came with egg and American cheese (I chose to leave off the meat) as well as a side of American fries – aka breakfast potatoes.

Dinky Bagel Sandwich

Dinky Potatoes

Although it did take longer than I expected for our food to arrive (it might have had to do with the fact that there were 9 of us at the table) when it did come I was pleasantly surprised.  I was told to expect greasy food, and it was kinda greasy, but it also tasted good!  The sandwich was definitely on par with other breakfast sandwiches that I’ve had – soft bagel and everything.  Although American cheese is not what I generally prefer on a sandwich, it wasn’t all that bad.  I would say the only thing that I thought was pretty close to too greasy were the breakfast potatoes.  However that didn’t stop me from eating some of them!

This is not the place to go if you are looking for a super healthy, fruit and veggie filled meal – but that’s not to say that EVERYTHING is super greasy and bad for you.  There are definitely healthier options, and they seemed very flexible to customization, so it wouldn’t be out of the question.

Overall this is a fun, laid back place with a surprisingly large menu.  I can’t say that I’ve been to many restaurants in northern Wisconsin, but this place really is good and definitely somewhere that I would go again.

Taste: A-, the potatoes were a bit too greasy for me, but everything else was pretty tasty!
Cost: A, my breakfast sandwich and potatoes was around $6.  Really reasonable.

Would I go there again?  Yeah, I think the next time we are up in the north woods I would go there again.

Dinky Diner on Urbanspoon


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