This a true roadside diner. Shiny stainless--two or three steps up from the parking lot to the dining floor where you find stools at the counter, booths rinding the exterior walls and a mix of locals and tourists spread around.
When you want lots of food (good food, at that) and economy, Jennie's is the oasis along Rt. 30.
Open seating, but by the time you get settled in, someone is there to get drink orders and offer up a menu. Then someone else stopped to see if we had questions about the items offered. In the first few minutes we were there, I did not see any food coming from the kitchen--so I had no idea of portion sizes.
I debated several items before settling on the meat loaf, mashed and corn. My wife was undecided as well and asked the server for his thoughts on the two items. When she mentioned the lasagna, his face lit up and that is what she ordered.
Just as the server left for the kitchen, I saw a plate heading for another table and realized the servings were huge. A club sandwich that towered above the sides of the large oval platter and fries that were having a hard time staying on the plate.
Our food arrived and I got two very large slices of meatloaf, a pool of mashed potatoes--all covered in brown gravy. No room for the corn on the platter, but it came in an oversized serving bowl. My wife got two huge slices of lasagna which she said was very good.
Only problem was we felt guilty not being able to finish this food. (You know the old line about cleaning your plate).
Total for two oversize dinners and drinks? Right around $20.
If you're travelling Rt. 30 east of Lancaster and it is past meal time--or a long time before your next stop--this is the place to get filled up. (But bring cash or use the ATM inside)