Miner’s Diner: Hit the motherlode at Eureka restaurant
Ihave fallen in love with Eureka. I had never heard of it before I did this review. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Eureka from Spanish Fork. You head south to Santaquin and then take Highway 6 west. You drive up the mountain and around some curves, and then you come into Eureka. As you drive into town, the road is lined with old dilapidated buildings. Continue down Main Street and you will find Miner’s Diner, home to some of the yummiest comfort food I’ve ever tasted. The walls are covered in old black and white photos of Eureka during its boom. The building has been remodeled but maintains its old-mining-town feel.
I was mesmerized by the history and the character of this town. But I came to review the food, so I better get to that part. Miner’s Diner specializes in good, old-fashioned, yummy comfort food. They have delicious Mom’s kitchen breakfasts with huge portions, yummy burgers and other dinner dishes. Breakfast is served all day and they offer omelets, hotcakes, biscuits and gravy, French toast and my favorite: the Hungover Gold Miner Hash.
You probably have a pretty good idea what those other dishes are, but let me tell you about the Hungover Gold Miner Hash. It was a huge bowl that had hashbrowns, diced ham, green peppers, onions and mushrooms topped off with three eggs, cheese and country gravy. And this was some pretty dang good gravy. The flavors all melded together beautifully and it was complimented by my sourdough toast. I would have gone for the hot cake, but I was trying to watch my calories (that was a joke). I think four people could have easily split this dish. I loved the combination and that country gravy, mmmm ....
Nick ordered the Border Burger: a third of a pound of ground sirloin, bacon, cheese and fire-roasted green chilies. The green chilies really made the burger and gave it a great flavor with a tiny bit of heat. The onion rings were divine with some light crispy breading (not too thick). They know how to do fry sauce too. Not your typical ketchup and mayonnaise. This fry sauce has got some amazing flavor (one secret: just a hint of Sriracha). They also have chicken sandwiches, fried chicken baskets, salads and more. Oh, and some scrumptious French onion soup. Let’s just say that you will be able to satisfy your cravings.
Desserts were delicious. I had a huge cinnamon roll that was the perfect consistency, light and flaky with lots of frosting. Nick had a slice of their chocolate cream pie, delicious and creamy with a light, perfect crust. We took home a huge macaroon. The macaroon was a delicious combination of coconut and walnuts all drizzled in white and dark chocolate. Divine. Everything is fresh-baked. Par, the owner, told me, “The food is so fresh, you have to slap it before you eat it.”
So, if you feel exploring a ghost town or if you just want to eat some delicious food, head on over to Miner’s Diner. It is definitely worth the drive. I was honestly taken aback by what an amazing little town Eureka is and I loved learning about its history. The staff at Miner’s Diner can fill your ear with some great stories. Kayla, the manager, will make sure that you’re taken care of. If you’re really lucky, Par, the owner, will be there and then you will really get to hear some fun stories. I was honestly delighted with my visit to Miner’s Diner and I think everyone should go check it out.
Miner’s Diner’s winter hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They have extended hours in the summer when there is more traffic going through Eureka. They are located at 321 W. Main.