905 16th Street, Greeley, CO
Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 4
No frills, just good food.
Our party of four scooted into the last available booth at The Kitchen late on a Sunday morning. Diner food is obviously popular with all types of people; the two dining areas were packed with families, college students and retirees.
Since 1952, The Kitchen has sat securely at the corner of 16th Street and 9th Avenue in Greeley, Colorado, directly across from University of Northern Colorado’s main campus.
A tattooed college student with a genuine smile quickly greeted us. He took our drink orders and zigzagged away through the tightly crammed tables. A table of twelve sat next to us and I feared service would be slow, however, our drinks were immediately in front of us and our food orders were taken. Having already eaten an early breakfast, Ryan and I ordered lunch. A chicken philly sandwich with onion rings ($6) for me and a double cheeseburger and fries ($6) for Ryan. Our friends both ordered the chicken fried steak breakfast special ($6.25).
There is something about a diner that inspires loud and boisterous conversation and the dining area buzzed around us. Soon our table was caught up in our own lively discussion. Despite my fears, our meals were served almost immediately.
The chicken philly arrived with Swiss cheese melted to perfection and the sandwich literally burst with flavor. I could taste the thickly cut mushrooms in every bite. The onion rings were slightly overdone, but I ate every single one. Ryan’s cheeseburger sizzled hot off the grill and came with small, crispy, meant-to-be-eaten-four-at-a-time diner fries. The chicken fried steak received high praise from our friends and even though my sandwich was deliciously satisfying, I had a small twinge of regret when I laid eyes on the chicken fried steak and potatoes covered in creamy gravy.
Our three drinks (juice, soda and tea) and four meals came to $32 plus tip. Not too shabby when an average breakfast at a chain restaurant is creeping close to $10, excluding the $2 cup of coffee.
The menu at The Kitchen is typical diner fare with all-American breakfasts, including Colorado’s favorite, the breakfast burrito. Lunch and dinner consists of patty melts, BLTs, turkey and mashed potatoes, chicken in barbecue sauce and much more. It all falls into the category of comfort food and all at a price even Grandpa won’t mind paying.
We will definitely be back to The Kitchen. Next time I think I’ll indulge in the chicken fried steak.