I arrived at Kriner’s Diner expecting a large crowd and maybe a statue of Sarah Palin. Prior reviews refer to a packed house of conservative zealots and religious extremist boasting of planned government take downs and fantasy impeachments of Obama more oft than not. Truthfully, I was please that I would not have to dine in a sea of Conservative humanity. Frankly that shoot from the hip “stand your ground” crowd frightens me. I digress…
I was greeted promptly and cheerfully by a waiter stating “It’s seat yourself”! I found a booth next to the pie display; I had been warned to stay out of the family corner from previous reviews. My server immediately handed me a newspaper. Actually it was a menu; it seemed my look of confusion was amusing to him. After a brief perusal of the tabloid slash menu I settled on the daily Special a Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich and side of Potato Salad. I expected a 10-15 minute wait for my Special. Astonishingly it was exactly 4 minutes and my food was served! That was a little disappointing considering freshly prepared homemade food is what Kriners claims to be. Sadly the disappointments did not stop there. The bun was smashed together and the bacon clearly sat under a heat lamp past its edible life. But even more disappointing the chicken fried steak was so greasy the bun actually liquefied on my plate. The lone bright spot in the pool of grease was the potato salad. Truly a country style salad with the skins left in; the sort of potato salad my great grandmother made weekly.
The food aside, the front of house staff was friendly and certainly is a credit to the establishment. It is not their fault the cooks are sub par. The prices are certainly in line with the surrounding competition. Also I did not see any of the political and religious force feeding I was expecting. Dang it! I was looking forward to that.
Sadly, I will not return to Kriner’s Diner as the food was a calamity. Truthfully I was looking forward to a “old school diner” milkshake and pie experience. Alas I just couldn't bring myself to try anything else with all that grease boiling in my stomach.
My recommendation is; stay away.
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