We booked Empire Diner on a Saturday night for 9:00. When we arrived the place was humming with good energy. It has just re-opened after an extensive renovation. They did a bang up job. Clean and bright, fully insulated for cool nights and yet retaining its historical diner charm.
The do full breakfasts and a lot of their lunch and dinner options fall into the comfort category. We started with a wedge salad and followed that with a burger, hanger steak and cauliflower puree on the side. We enjoyed all the dishes. They were simple, and as I say: comforting. Along with three dark lager and a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir our bill before tip was $178.
Service was provided by Bernard who was professional and a very warm welcome at the door by the evenings host Jeremy.
Do not expect any exotic culinary adventures at Empire. That is not what they are aiming for. It is honest diner food well prepared in comfortable surroundings.
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