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Diehl's Family Restaurant

152 Main Avenue, Nitro, WV - (304) 755-9353
Posted By Dale Fine on 12/5/2012 8:47:00 AM
Some places have been around so long you just take them for granted. Take Diehl's Family Restaurant, a quirky restaurant full of racing car memorabilia serving good ol' fashioned comfort food.

Unfortunately, as some of us know, some restaurants that have been around for decades tend to live on reputation. However, if reputation means cooking from scratch and not taking any short cuts then I'm all for it. Diehl's takes pride in this and continues to implement what has made them so successful, as advertised on their place mats. Their biscuits, cornbread, and rolls are made from scratch, they peel their own potatoes, and soak and prepare pounds of pinto beans daily. Diehl's clientele range from retirees to young families, a good sign that pride and quality keeps this tenured eating establishment fresh.

When I last visited on a balmy Sunday evening in the summer of 2011, I was looking forward to a plate of the mid-south specialty, salt-cured country ham. My meal began with warm, toasty, slightly sweet cornbread. My country ham plate arrived with sides of pungent kale greens (a tub of vinegar served on the side) and firm, flavorful pinto beans with porky undertones, accompanied by a tub of raw onions.

The bone-in country ham was some of the finest I had, thinly sliced, firm, rugged, slightly salty but full of oinky flavor. My only gripe: there is not a drop of red-eye gravy to be found, and when I inquired with the young waitress who served me, I was shockingly surprised when she replied that she never heard of it.

Dessert was a tough choice, a toss-up between the regional favorite, graham cracker pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie. I chose chocolate peanut butter pie and my moment of indecisiveness was quickly forgotten after one bite. Moist, rich, and truly decadent, the peanut butter filling was more dense pudding than "butter."

Family restaurants which used to dot our landscape seem to be disappearing. Perhaps those that want to stick around for awhile can learn from Diehl's.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Country Ham
Pinto Beans
Corn Bread
Kale Greens
Choclolate Peanut Butter Pie
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Bone-in country ham is served with your choice of two sides. Here you'll find pinto beans and kale greens.
"Bone-in country ham is served with your choice of two sides. Here you'll find pinto beans and kale greens."
Dale Fine





Chocolate peanut butter pie is truly rich, dense, and decadent.
"Chocolate peanut butter pie is truly rich, dense, and decadent."
Dale Fine


Warm, toasty, slightly sweet cornbread
"Warm, toasty, slightly sweet cornbread"
Dale Fine


They serve a really good version of graham cracker pie, which is popular in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland.
"They serve a really good version of graham cracker pie, which is popular in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland."
Cliff Strutz


Now that's a good looking pie case!
"Now that's a good looking pie case!"
Cliff Strutz


Just about everything is made from scratch. Click on the photo for a more readable view.
"Just about everything is made from scratch. Click on the photo for a more readable view."
Dale Fine


Lots of racing car memorabilia to be found
"Lots of racing car memorabilia to be found"
Dale Fine


Diehl's has a quirky atmosphere.
"Diehl's has a quirky atmosphere."
Dale Fine


Serving patrons since 1960
"Serving patrons since 1960"
Dale Fine



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