Mechanicsburg Diner

On Tuesday May 25, 2010 we checked out the Mechanicsburg Diner at 4729 Gettysburg Road. This place has been on our list but we just got around to it, We were surprised as soon as we pulled in because the parking lot was nearly full. We squeezed into one of the last remaining spots and headed straight for the large awning covered deck, yes, outdoor dining! The inside restaurant was very busy, the deck was fairly busy too. Smoking allowed on the deck but not inside. Our waitress was an older woman and wasn’t shy about telling us that she was not having a good morning, Craig worked on her and by the time we left she was smiling. We ordered our usual breakfasts and settled in for what turned out to be about a 15 minute wait. However, when it came out it was worth it, the food was actually pretty darn good. Nice portions of ham and sausage, good eggs and home fries, nice big plates with plenty of room for our toast. Free refills on the coffee. All for $9.37 for two, yes, the absolute best price we have seen yet! No wonder the place is packed! Here’s what you gotta know about this place: the food and prices are great, the tables might be a little greasy, the decor is old posters and pictures of cars (50’s & 60’s), the waitresses may or may not be friendly, the menu was so greasy and fingered up that I felt like washing my hands after touching it. The deck was a nice touch if you didn’t look over the rail at the pile of old wood and rubber mats next to the giant mud puddle. If you can overlook those kinds of things, this place is great, and apparently quite a few people in the area think so, because the Mechanicsburg Diner appears to be doing a great business.

Category                    Bill                           Craig

Eggs                              3                                  3

Potatoes                        2                                2

Sides                             3                                   3 

Drinks                           2                                   2

Service                         2                                    2

Cleanliness                  2                                    2

Atmosphere                 3                                   3

Totals                        17 /21                            17/21

Our breakfast was $9.37 for two, in our low price range. Check our scorecard page to see how this diner compared to the others we have visited.


Kimberly’s Cafe & Creamery – Carlisle

On Monday May 17, 2010 we went to Carlisle again, this time to visit Kimberly’s Cafe & Creamery at 530 West High Street. It’s a cute little place, across from the Dickinson campus and has been in business in Carlisle nearly 12 years. The seating here is all tables, there are no booths. There is a small lunch counter. It was nicely decorated, although there was a distinct feeling that this building used to be something else. The floor was tile and there was some neon lighting fixtures around the edge of the ceiling, but they didn’t seem to be in use. At any rate, they had a handful of customers and we were immediately waited on. We ordered our usual breakfasts of eggs, home fries, toast and sausage. The meals came out in less than 5 minutes and it looked really good. In fact, it was really, really good….perfectly cooked eggs, great tasting thin cut home fries, and plump, tasty sausage links. We should mention this was the only place that ever offered more than white or wheat toast, they also had sourdough and a swirled type of toast if you wanted. The meal was great! The waitress was back to top Craig’s coffee at least 3 times,  not to mention served in a glass cup, which is exceptional and promptly took our plates when we were done. One of the best prepared and best tasting breakfasts that we have had.

Category              Bill                      Craig

Eggs                        3                               3

Potatoes                 3                              3

Sides                       3                                3

Drinks                    3                                 3

Service                    3                               3

Cleanliness             3                               3

Atmosphere            3                              3

Totals                   21 / 21                    21/21

Our meal was $12.82 for two, in our medium price range. Check our Scorecard page to see how this place compares to others we have visited.

Note: This was our 20th review.

Hamilton Restaurant – Carlisle

On Tuesday May 11, 2010 we paid a visit to the Hamilton Restaurant, located at 55 West High Street in Carlisle. This is a well known, long established restaurant in Carlisle, famous for their hatchi dogs and hatchi burgers. The place was very nice, inside and out, everything was up to date, tastefully done and above all, immaculately clean. You could really tell that the owners are very particular and take great pride in their restaurant. We ordered our usual breakfast of eggs, home fries and toast, Craig got the sausage ( Home Made ) patties, Bill had the bacon. The meal came out in like 3 minutes and was delivered to our table by the owner himself. It was a very good breakfast, we had no complaints about the food, plate size or lack of a place to put our toast. The bacon was very crispy and good. In fact the meal went pretty quickly because we were both hungry and it was good food. Best of all, our breakfast for two was just $9, the best price we have had anywhere so far. Craig was so happy to be at the Hamilton he even ordered 2 hatchi dogs to go, Known for hatchi dogs you never leave with out them. We were very pleased with everything here. The Hamilton is the best for all types of meals, and the service has always been superb even over the past 30 years. This place is a home town favorite.

Category                     Bill                        Craig

Eggs                               2                              3

Potatoes                        2                             3

Sides                              3                                3

Drinks                           2                                 3

Service                          2                                 3

Cleanliness                  3                                  2

Atmosphere                  3                                3

Totals                          17/21                      20/21

The cost for breakfast for two was $9, which is in our low price range. Check the scorecard page to see how this restaurant matches up against others we have visited.

Camp Hill Diner – Camp Hill

On Tuesday May 4, 2010 we ventured to the Camp Hill Diner, located at 3449 Simpson Ferry Road in Camp Hill, PA. This restaurant has been here for quite a few years, it has survived a couple of fires and rebuild / remodel projects. The diner is nice both inside and out, with that very stylish diner look on the outside and a very home town diner look and feel on the inside. They had nice booths and seating, we didn’t feel crowded even though they were pretty busy. There were a couple of features that we had not seen anywhere else, the Camp Hill Diner has juke boxes at every booth, just like the old time diners. Very nice to hear some music while eating and even have the chance to play what you want to hear. The other very cool and innovative thing we noticed was that they had at least two big screen TV’s hanging at opposite ends of the dining area, tuned to the news channel, it was very nice to be able to watch the news as we ate breakfast. The waitress was very good and we ordered our standard meal, two eggs, home fries, toast and sausage (although Bill had bacon today). The meals came out in about five minutes and everything looked pretty good, except we noticed that the plates didn’t seem as big as some other places. The toast was stacked on top of the rest of our food and there was no place to put it when we started eating. This led to a discussion about breakfast etiquette and we agreed that we don’t like to sit our toast on the table to have room to eat. If these places are going to have small plates then they should offer a small plate for the toast or sides. Bill liked the bacon but thought the eggs were too runny and the home fries tasted funny. Craig liked the atmosphere most due to the tv. We will have to address Breakfast Etiquette on all our future reviews, We feel there are certain requirements that should be met for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Our total was $12.70 for two, not too bad.

Category               Bill                     Craig

Eggs                         1                             1

Potatoes                   1                           1

Sides                        3                              2

Drinks                      2                              2

Service                     2                              2

Cleanliness             2                                2

Atmosphere            3                                3

Totals                    14/21                          13/21

The price was $12.70 for two, in the low end of our medium price range.

Check our scorecard page to see how this place ranks against other local breakfast that we have sampled.