Ed’s Diner recently (April) opened a branch in Inverness’s Eastgate Centre.
We went along on a Friday lunchtime a few weeks ago to sample some American classics. Even though Ed’s diner is sandwiched right between some shops and not in the food court area, we were surprised at how easily we forgot we were inside a shopping centre. The 50’s tunes were being belted out courtesy of the jukebox, which you could use (if you had one in your booth), which drowned out the noise of the shopping centre, but wasn’t too loud so that you couldn’t hear your conversation.
We chose to go with Oreo milkshakes (we’d heard that the milkshakes are legendary) though I chose a ‘skinny’ version which I assume was made with skimmed milk and was equally nice as the full fat version. Each milkshake jug serves up two glasses of super thick and icy cold milkshake. It’s always a challenge not to slurp it all down before the food arrives – they are that addictive!
Foodwise, there’s loads of different options. Mr B chose the Smoky Joe’s plate (Hamburger, with Cheddar cheese. griddled onions and Smoky BBQ Sauce) which meant that the burger was accompanied by onion rings, fries (which Mr B upgraded to sweet potato fries) and coleslaw. Mr B thought everything was OK, but nothing very good or outstanding.
I chose the Original Coney Island Chilli Dog, topped with chilli con carne and diced onions and cheese sauce on the side, with a side of wet fries (fries served in gravy to you and me). The hot dog was tasty but I wasn’t too fussed on the cheese sauce, this was pretty much left untouched. I had to resort to using a knife and fork (which were awful quality – like the useless cutlery you get in airports!) as the bun was cut through completely, which seemed a bit redundant in an American diner where I’m sure it’s the norm to eat hotdogs/burgers by picking them up with your hands to eat!
My wet fries were adequate – I was expecting fries, rather than chips – so this took away a little from the traditional american experience of skinny fries. The gravy was thick and tasty though.
Our bill came to £37 which we thought was a little expensive for one course and milkshakes each.