Small Town Diner Delivers Big Taste—Dale’s Diner Fills a Void

Travel just down the road a piece and leave the big city behind for a quainter place—Waterville; small town America. Situated on the Maumee River, Waterville’s historic downtown has a small diner that welcomes regulars seven days a week. Dale’s Diner is always busy, and now we know why.

The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes.
To avoid wait: Anytime, but weekends can be busy.
Noise level: Moderate.
Bathroom amenities: Changing station.
High Chairs: Yes.
Got milk? Yes, as well as apple juice, orange juice and lemonade.
Kids’ menu? Yes, several breakfast and lunch options for 12 and under.
Allergy info: Be sure to alert the server of any allergies so the kitchen can prepare your meal without the risk of cross contamination.

Yes, it’s related to Dale’s in Maumee

Even though Dale’s Diner will celebrate seven years of food and friendship in December, many don’t know about it. Dale’s in downtown Maumee opened in the 1920’s so, likely, the Maumee landmark comes to mind when reference is made to Dale’s.

According to Dale’s Diner assistant manager Shawna Harris, William Anderson, the owner of Dale’s in Maumee for the last 35 years, also owns Dale’s Diner. “I work for the best boss ever”, said Ms. Harris. Wow, that’s something you hear most people say—never. He must be doing something right because the trickle-down effect results in cheerful employees, palate pleasing food, and happy customers.

Small diner, large menu

It was a hot, summer Wednesday when we stopped in for lunch. Though the patio out front looked ever so inviting, the stifling humidity kept us indoors. It didn’t take long to notice that this was a popular spot. “We have a lot of great regulars”, said Harris. We watched as one gentleman walked in alone, spotted a friend, and decided to join him for lunch. That isn’t unusual at Dale’s. Thought we weren’t regulars (yet), we were made to feel welcome just the same.

Dale's Humpty Dumpty Burger.
Dale’s Humpty Dumpty Burger.

You can order off the breakfast or lunch menu anytime. So if you have a hankering for a Buffalo chicken sandwich at 7am, have at it. Ms. Harris said they make their waffles and pancakes from scratch, and they are delicious. Hmm…I see a trip to Waterville for breakfast in our future.

The menu selection is quite large with nine omelet choices, skillets, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, and French toast. For lunch you might enjoy one of eight burgers, as both my sons did, or one of 28 sandwiches and wraps. Honestly, for a small diner, we were surprised at what seemed to be endless options.

My youngest has quite an appetite these days so he dove into the Humpty Dumpty, a third of a pound burger topped with avocado and fried egg for $7.49. They offer a sizeable kids’ menu for those 12 and under. Drinks are included and kid’s breakfast options are $4.79, while lunch is $5.59. With 14 choices you may need to help them decide. Though our bellies were content after our meals, as we added fries and crisp homemade potato chips to our meals, our eyes spotted the pie and we couldn’t resist taking home two slices of homemade goodness from Cherry Tree Bakery and Café in Whitehouse. Dale’s offers Cherry Tree’s fresh baked pies daily, and I dare you to leave without taking a slice (or two) home.

Dale's Chicken Bacon Swiss.
Dale’s Chicken Bacon Swiss.

Slow down and enjoy the surroundings

Dale’s Diner filled a void in the Waterville dining scene. When it opened, Waterville was lacking a place for locals to enjoy breakfast. The location, service and food have drawn a following of regulars. But remember to take in the quaint downtown before or after your meal. The kids and I soaked up some sun and enjoyed walking through town, checking out some of the shops. Then we drove just up the road to the beautiful Farnsworth Metropark, right on the Maumee River. We really enjoyed slowing down for a bit and enjoying all that Waterville had to offer that afternoon.

Bottom Line:
Dale’s Diner is a quaint little diner in downtown Waterville. Though relatively small, the menu is quite large, attracting customers of all ages. You’ll feel as welcome as the regulars and your kids will be excited with the many options. Before or after your meal take a stroll around the downtown area or enjoy the Farnsworth Metropark just up the road.

Dale’s Diner
34 N Third St, Waterville, 43566
Open 7 days a week, 7a.m. – 2p.m.