The Bottom Line: "You won't be mad about yesterday Once I make you bacon and eggs, today" ~PRISCILLA RENEA
If you are looking for white tablecloths, manicured wait-people, sterling silver, and fine china then don't pull into the parking lot of Johnny's Diner. If you are looking for a freshly cooked breakfast that will make you unbutton the top of your britches, then come on in!
Ambiance: Definitely retro with scads of rock-n-roll memorabilia from the real age of RnR with James Dean, Elvis, '57 Chevy's & Edsels. The walk up area to place your order fully exposes the cooking area so you can see what and how your getting your grub. They take your name and then you find your seat to wait, which isn't long by any means. Then the cook sticks his head out through the roof of an old Beetle and you pick your grub up from the bumper off an old Buick.
Seating, though plentiful, isn't luxurious by any means. They are old booth type seats that look like they came from the set of Happy Days, and are just as worn. Don't get me wrong, the seats are still comfortable. Your table is Formica with a few hearts & initials gouged in them from times past, some are slightly worn in places, like Formica will do. An old jukebox sets on your table but it isn't operational, just for looks. Those great old songs play overhead on the speakers, but not intrusive, just there.
Dinnerware & china? Forgetaboutit. You get paper plates and plastic ware, which you have to retrieve yourself from the dispensers by the pick up window, along with any condiments you desire.
The walls are plastered with great old photos, movie posters, musical instruments, license plates, and car parts. Nestled in one corner is an old style phone booth but it only houses cleaning material now. It still has that cutesy little half-moon shaped seat in it though.
Food: We went for breakfast, which is their mainstay. They offer a light lunch menu and close after lunchtime. We got an extravagant amount of food for only $5.99, which included two eggs [cooked anyway you want and they were perfect], two huge sausage patties, two strips of bacon, toast, and enough home fries to feed an army. These were real potatoes too, not those ridiculous patties of shredded whatever it is, boiled first then chopped up and cooked on the grill. Dang, my mouth is watering again just thinking about them. Included was a drink with endless refills which comes in one size ... big.
They also offer omlets made just about any way you can think of, pancakes, waffles, and french toast. Country ham is their other breakfast meat choice. Let's face it, this place is just cholesterol city, but I didn't care.
Overall impression: It was just like eating at home only better ... no mess to clean up and I didn't have to cook. You couldn't beat the price for what you got and it was real food. The staff was extremely friendly and there was nothing pretentious about it to any degree. Service was quick, well prepared, I just liked the feel of the place all around.
Even better, I got to spend some quality time with my son which I had been missing a great deal. Even bad food would have been OK after that, to say nothing of the fact that we went and picked out an engagement ring for his girlfriend after breakfast. Boy was she surprised!
If you are ever in the Denver/Aurora area, stop in for a breakfast that will make you smile.
2323 S Havana St Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 369-8307
My grateful thanks to John, bruguru, for another addition :)
Kid Friendliness: Yes Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations Don't tell your doctor you came here :)