Delta Diner (update), Delta, 7/13/19

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It’s been 3 years since Frankie and I wrote up some visits to the Delta Diner in the “middle of nowhere” Delta, Wisconsin.  The Chequamegon National Forest is another draw for this area but the Diner, a real draw, can commonly have a wait for seating in the summer months. Now you have an alternate dining option with The Tin Taphouse and the Chicken Shack – a bit of Jamaica in the middle of the Northwoods.  It’s only open on weekends and probably will close in October, as it is open air and it starts to get cold up there about that time.  But during the warmer months there could be no better way to enjoy the weather than at one of the picnic tables in the back (overlooking the White River) or on one of the stools at the bar enjoying the fun people manning the taps for locally brewed Earth Rider beers.  The place is composed from two railroad containers joined with an arch of metal.  Bright murals are painted on the outside walls and lots of plants bring the essence of a lush island setting.  Owners of the Delta Diner, Todd and Nina Bucher, are grilling up the jerk chicken and making the sides that will help absorb the quantities of beer you’ll want to consume.   There’s lots of parking and then you can walk into Island time.  For additional details check their website <deltadiner.com>. Continue reading

Mr. Donahue’s, New York City, 5/20/17

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Mr. Donahue’s is a tiny place with a couple 2-top tables and 9 barstools for various counters.  There are some outside tables if weather permits.  A retro look is accomplished with the tile floor,  marble top tables, round stools and the interesting decorations all over, including signs with pictures of the food.  The one server was very helpful and nicely opinionated about what to get.  Vegetables are all fresh and desserts made in house.  Drink options are limited but adequate.   They offer a small menu of a main plate with 2 sides and a sauce for $19.99 or a couple sandwiches.  There is roast beef after 5:00 pm.   This is the second restaurant by the owners with the first being a Michelin starred Thai restaurant.  This is just good old American food.   Continue reading

Delta Diner, Delta, 6/3-7/16

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The Delta Diner is located in northwestern Wisconsin in a small town called Delta. It is a rebuilt 1940’s Silk City Diner that opened in 2003 and gets quite a crowd of locals and destination eaters, especially in the summer.  It doesn’t have a printed menu but rather uses the old fashioned menu boards  which are explained by your server. Last year they went to a no tipping policy and instead a 20% service charge is added to your check which is used to allow both back and front house staff to make a living wage.  They were ahead of the curve in implementing this policy and for those concerned about the quality of service – there is no need to.   Continue reading