AS SUMMER NEARS and the allure of sunny mornings springs us out of bed a bit sooner, the first thing that comes to our minds is: “Where is a great place to have breakfast?” For the Taste Buds, a go-to favorite is Dan’s Drive In located at 1881 S. High St., just south of German Village.
With a diner-style menu that spans all mealtimes, Dan’s is far more than just a breakfast spot. It has a Greek influence and their Gyros are out of this world. But, we digress. Dan’s is a place where we meet many of our biker friends for breakfast before we head off on a ride. A quick shot down High Street and you have access to many of Ohio’s most beautiful roads and rides.
The prices at Dan’s are incomparable. One favorite is the Big Country Breakfast. At $4.99, it includes homemade biscuits topped with their own sausage gravy, two eggs, home fries and sausage patties. $4.99! Their Eggs Benedict at $6.19 is one of the best Eggs Benedict we have ever tried.
They also have a variety of skillets. One of our favorites is the Vegetarian Skillet (with a cheat): tomatoes, spinach, onions, green peppers, zucchini, scrambled eggs and home fries, all topped with cheddar and mozzarella. We, however, like to add gyro meat to the dish, making it not vegetarian at all, but all the more delicious to us.
Dan’s is an absolute throwback. You walk into a feeling of the ’50s. You can almost picture a sock hop happening inside. This has probably happened, considering it has been there since 1951.
The service staff still treats you the way they would have back then, too. Friendly, upbeat, fast service gets you in and out quickly. In addition to all of this, they keep the place very clean.
The clientele at Dan’s is as varied as their food. You will see everything from the suburban minivan mom to bikers to members of the LGBTQ community and everything in between. Everyone gets along. Often times, conversation will go between tables. The place just fosters a friendly feel.
We find ourselves at Dan’s a few times every month. Never have we been unhappy. The service, the food, the environment – it is always great!
We give Dan’s an enthusiastic four thumbs up. And when you see a group of bikers sitting there, don’t be shy to say hello. You never know, it could be our group!