Chef-O-Nette is an Upper Arlington tradition. The classic diner has been in business for decades, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to generations of customers.
Stepping in the front door at Chef-O-Nette is a little like stepping back in time. I sincerely doubt the diner has changed much since it opened in 1955, and that’s a good thing. When we walked in, we were told to grab a seat wherever we wanted to.
Almost immediately, our extremely kind waitress came over to bring us some water and coffee. The menu at Chef-O-Nette is simple, but it’s got all the breakfast basics you could ever want. If you visit during lunch and dinner hours, don’t fret. They serve the breakfast menu all day long.
I decided to keep it simple, with eggs, toast, home fries and bacon. My sister opted for the pancakes and some sausage, but at the last minute, she experienced some home-fry jealousy and decided to order her own.
Our food came out quickly and my coffee cup was never more than half-full, which is really all I can ask out of a diner experience. Everything was perfection. From the melt-in-your-mouth buttered toast to the home fries that tasted just like Grandma’s.
If you’ve already eaten at Chef-O-Nette, you’re probably reading this and thinking, “Duh, Chef-O-Nette is awesome”. I don’t think I’ve ever been so hyped up to visit a restaurant, and that’s mostly because of the hordes of emails and comments we’ve gotten suggesting a visit to Chef-O-Nette. Well, I heard you people, and you were right.
Chef-O-Nette is classic and simple, and there’s a beauty in that. If you’ve been searching for a no-fuss, exceeds expectations diner experience, this is the place for you. Chef-O-Nette is located at 2090 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221. You can swing by Monday-Saturday, anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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