It’s that old story that you’ve heard so many times before. You see a diner you’re partial to in Ellsworth, Kansas, and you decide to buy it, load it on a huge trailer and reopen it in rural Iowa. Yup….That story was a first for us too. While cruising Route 2, we motored into Decatur City because the Dinky Diner caught our eye immediately.
We’ve stumbled on so many roadside experiences in our travels throughout Iowa. On this trip, we were doing a feature on Leon, IA for our 2016 RAGBRAI series. Very similar to our discoveries of Donutland in Cedar Rapids, The Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, and the historic Reed-Niland Corner in Colo. We pulled up and peered inside and knew we made the right decision to stop. (Click on the pictures to see the descriptions.)
Tricia Kuster was serving the customers on the Saturday afternoon we stopped into the Dinky Diner. Her late great-grandmother, Jacky Kuster, was the original owner of the Dinky Diner and literally brought it to Decatur City from Kansas. Her menu is still pumping out great food since it opened its nostalgic doors in 2005. A full breakfast menu with fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, classic sandwiches, and dinner selections with daily specials. Not to mention fresh pies and the traditional giant sized Iowa Pork Tenderloin. You know you’re still searching for the best tenderloin of your life, so maybe the Dinky has it. Decatur City….ROAD TRIP!
Don’t even try to tell me you didn’t put up your thumbs when saw the picture above. The fresh ground beef double cheeseburger was girdled to juicy perfection with crispy bacon and cheese melting before our eyes. We enjoyed the company, but kept waiting for Chachi to join us. Mrs. Kuster brought Iowa a classic diner and it fits in perfectly with the classic road trip. Iowa’s landscape is packed with family owned and operated gems like the Dinky Diner. Make the stop and stay awhile. Gals like her great-grandaughter are still ready to serve you up a great meal.
Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin