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Creekside Diner satisfies appetite for home cooking

Creekside Diner in Oklahoma Borough near the Apollo Bridge is everything a good diner should be.

During our recent Lunch Bunch trip, we discovered excellent meals tasting like home-cooking, swift service and prices that made every item a good value — especially because of the quality.

The atmosphere at the restaurant is comfy and homey. Booths are available, or seating can be had at the counter.

The menu is extensive — five pages plus a two-sided breakfast insert. And everything we ordered was a hit.

The Fish Sandwich ($3.79) was excellent. We admit we ate the whole thing. The homemade bun was so light and fresh and the mild, lightly battered fish had such a crispy coating we couldn’t help ourselves. Before we knew it, the whole sandwich was gone.

The Creeksider ($4.79), a specialty sandwich, is a huge, juicy, 6-ounce burger with an amazing blend of flavors from all the toppings: melted provolone, American cheese, crispy bacon, fried onions, barbecue sauce and lettuce and tomato. The fresh bun barely held all these flavorful goodies. This sandwich serves as a complete meal.

We also shared the Sample Platter ($4.50), which featured a variety of items — some more than others. There were plenty of deep-fried mushroom buttons that were not greasy at all and lots of lightly breaded deep-fried cauliflower, but only one piece of zucchini and two onion rings. Despite the uneven sampling, we considered this a good value.

The Steak and Cheese Sandwich ($4.59) had thinly sliced steak with mushrooms and cheese (we asked to switch the American to Provolone) on a wonderful fresh, soft long roll that absolutely made this sandwich a winner.

The Grilled Chicken and Fries Salad ($5.85) offered a mix of lettuces with a plethora of toppings. Grilled chicken pieces were covered with a smattering of battered fries, Mozzarella and Cheddar. Digging through the salad we found tomatoes, cucumbers, onion slices, a green pepper ring and croutons. The house dressing was a perfect accompaniment.

Breakfast is available anytime at Creekside, so we ordered a House Omelet ($5.09) and the puffy egg envelope was filled with sausage, ham, bacon, provolone and American cheeses, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and diced tomatoes. It comes with thick toast points.

The pie — a bargain at $2 a slice — is homemade and shouldn’t be passed up. We shared pieces of Coconut Cream with a vanilla pudding base and a fluffy meringue topped with shredded coconut. The Peach Pie featured peaches that were a good blend of sweet and tart. The light, flaky crust was dusted with sugar on the top. The Pumpkin Pie was creamy and spiced perfectly.

Compiled by Rebecca Killian and guests. Meals are paid for by the Valley News Dispatch and are unrelated to advertising.

Additional Information:

Creekside Diner

Address: 4907 Route 66, Apollo, Oklahoma Borough

Phone: 724-727-3235

Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Credit cards: All major cards are accepted.

Smoking: No

Handicapped accessible: Yes

Prices: Salads, $2.19-$6.25; sandwiches, $1.99-$5.89; side orders, $1.49-$4.50. Breakfast, $1.39-$5.89


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