Walking into Ken’s Diner is like being transported back to the ‘50s. The small diner is tucked away, located in a retirement complex in the north-side community of Schonsee. The walls are bright red and match the red and black checkerboard floor. Signs, records, photos and other memorabilia deck the walls. A fun game to play while waiting for your food is, how many photos of Elvis are hung up?
The menu features diner staples like burgers, chicken tenders, floats and milkshakes. All the burger buns are homemade and the fries are hand cut. My favourite part of going to diners is ordering a milkshake, so I went with chocolate. There’s also vanilla, strawberry and caramel. The chocolate milkshake is sweet, chilled and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.
For lunch I ordered The Ken Burger, which comes with mushrooms and swiss cheese. It’s simple yet mighty, and the side of fries daunting. It’s best to go to Ken’s Diner on an empty stomach, and be prepared for the food coma you’ll get afterwards. Wear your comfy pants.
What makes the experience at Ken’s Diner so special is chatting with the friendly regulars who are known to the staff by name.
Stop by Ken’s Diner for classically great food and plenty of old-school charm.