An American 1950’s style diner is not what you would expect to find in Castleton, a place whose culinary offering is mostly hearty pub food for the hikers and traditional cream teas for the coach parties.
As a regular visitor to Castleton (it is only about 20 minutes from home) and a regular visitor to South Chicagoland, where establishments like Schoop’s still maintain the diner tradition, I was interested to see and taste how Buddy’s measured up.
We finally took the plunge one damp and miserable January Sunday afternoon.
The brightly lit, colourful, clean and streamlined interior certainly ticked all the boxes. The menu had the expected range of burgers, chicken dishes, pancakes, pizza, ice-cream and milkshakes with a few welcome additions.
My milkshake was the real deal – two scoops of ice-cream mixed with milk in the blender. Thick, cool, tasty and refreshing. We both went for burgers and fries. My Italian burger was served in a good sized fresh bun with mozzarella , pesto and side salad. The ground beef patty was well cooked, juicy and flavoursome and the pesto and cheese combination worked well. The fries were hot and crisp, served in an authentic plastic basket. Service was quick, attentive and friendly.
Buddy’s certainly reproduced the diner experience and served enjoyably tasty food. We will return, and can certainly recommend it to others, particularly families with younger children who might find the more traditional establishments in the village rather unexciting.
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