Duke's Dine has been an institution of fine dining in the Olivehurst, CA dining scene since 1962 for many reasons, including excellent diner cuisine, great prices, along with fast and friendly service. No wonder that Duke's Diner is one of the most popular breakfast and lunch destinations in the greater Marysville area!
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Photo: Duke's Diner has been a favorite of Olivehurst, CA locals since the restaurant opened, back in 1962. It's Tuesday, March 03, 2020, a few minutes before 1:00 in the afternoon, and we've arrived to enjoy a great lunch or breakfast.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice it's an "old school" diner, complete with a counter, booths, all of which feature vinyl upholstery, and a few tables in the middle. If you look to the rear of the photo, you'll notice a larger dining room.
It's about 12:45 in the afternoon, a little over an hour before the closing time of 2:00, and the restaurant is lightly seated. My friend is a frequent diner at Duke's, and she told me if we'd been an hour early, the dining room would have been packed. I guess we arrived at the right time...
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, a white board posts the daily special. I was tempted by the posted special, but I was in the mood for a burger. As our server took our orders, she also told us about today's special, but that didn't change my mind.
Photo: The sandwich, burgers and dogs section of the "Lunch" menu, along with a few breakfast choices at the top. Is the year really 2020, as the prices look more like something from 20 years ago.
Photo: One page of the "Breakfast" menu. My friend went with the "Breakfast Special," and I was tempted, but I just had to go with the "Deluxe Burger" from the "Lunch" menu.
Photo: Duke's Diner features a vintage counter that is most likely unchanged since the restaurant opened it's doors, back in 1962. The decor is pure "Americana," circa the 1960's. In the center of the photo, you can see the window to the kitchen where completed orders are placed, ready to be picked up.
The gentleman stand near the door, paying his tab, was very interested in the photos I was taking, and asked me many questions about this web site, and the many Yelp reviews that I post. Nice guy!
Photo: If you stand near the counter, you can look into the kitchen and watch the talented chefs at work.
Photo: Meet Kelly, our amazingly friendly server, who brings our orders to the table with a smile. She provided excellent service and treated us like family.
Photo: Thanks Kelly for snapping our photo. I'm enjoying lunch with my friend Cindy, who is a fellow "foodie."
Photo: My friend is a GIGANTIC fan of breakfast, so she ordered "Sausage and Eggs" from the "Breakfast Special" section of the menu. The menu describes this fine choice as, "Breakfast Special includes 2 eggs, potatoes, 2 strips of bacon or 2 link sausages, choice of biscuit and gravy or toast." Duke's Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, and anything on the menu is available anytime the restaurant is open. Since my friend is a HUGE fan of breakfast, even though it was nearly 1:00 in the afternoon, she went with breakfast. I was tempted to order from the breakfast menu, but I just HAD to have a burger...
She loved her two link sausages, which were perfectly cooked, scrambled eggs, a generous portion of hashbrown potatoes, along with biscuits and gravy. She commented that everything was perfect, and I could vouch for that, as her "lunch" both looked and smelled amazing. I took a sample of a biscuit and gravy, and I can tell you it was simply amazing. We're talking about a fresh, in-house made biscuit along with rich sausage gravy, with lots of chunks of sausage.
Like her, I'm a fan of breakfast, and I'll keep that in mind during my next visit to Duke's.
Photo: From the "Lunch Menu," I ordered the "Deluxe Burger." The menu describes this fine burger as "1/4 pound all beef patty, served with onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles." You also get your choice of regular fries, steak fries or onion rings. Tough decision, but I went with steak fries.
The quarter-pound beef patty was cooked perfectly medium, which is the way I love my beef. I "assume" the chef would have cooked it order if you asked? The beef patty was placed on a fresh, lightly toasted with butter, sesame seed bun. Fresh lettuce, onion, tomato and dill pickle slices were placed on the side. There was also a small cup of mayonnaise. Condiments on the table included ketchup and mustard. I LOVE it when restaurants serve your burger with garnishes on the side, as I love to "customize" my burger. In my cased, I added the mayonnaise, some mustard, and piled all the fresh vegetables on my burger, and totally enjoyed my dining experience.
The steak fries were simply amazing, as they were lightly deep fried to a perfect golden brown on the outside, and chewy tender on the inside. Our friendly server, Kelly, asked me if I'd like a cup of ranch dressing on the side, and I gladly took her up on her offer. Simply amazing!
The price of this amazing burger, along with a large helping of steak fries? $6.35!! That's less than you'd pay at a fast food restaurant, and the burger, along with the fries, are custom cooked by the skilled chefs, and unique to Duke's Diner. The burger and fries are delicious, and you can't beat the price. Duke's Diner rules!
My friend has been coming to Duke's Diner for years, as she has good taste in food, and I'm glad she introduced me to this amazing restaurant. Duke's is everything that I love in a fine restaurant!
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