Miner’s Diner: Hit the moth­er­lode at Eureka restau­rant

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Amy Baird

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.

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