Mar 11, 2024 - Food and Drink

Columbites: An eclectic diner experience in Delaware

A hamburger, fries, and breakfast platter on a diner table.

Breakfast and lunch options at the Eclectic Diner & Sweeterie. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

I drove past the Eclectic Diner & Sweeterie on Route 23 for over a decade before finally making a pit stop.

  • Shame on me for taking so long. This place is the real deal.

āœ… Classic diner boxcar shape? Check.

  • Saturday Evening Post covers and a framed guide to the 1946 Ohio State Fair on the wall? You bet.
  • Condiments, syrup and napkins conveniently placed on every table? God bless America.

The intrigue: Befitting the name, you'll find unusual stuff on the Eclectic menu, including ahi tuna avocado toast, brunch roast beef, asparagus fries and wild mushroom rotini.

  • I don't mind when diners branch out like this, so long as they get the classic stuff right.
  • To borrow a phrase, get yourself a diner that can do both. This place does.

What we ordered: My wife went with a traditional breakfast platter ($10.99) ā€” my goodness, those potatoes ā€” while I tried and loved the zucchini quinoa burger ($9.99) topped with garlic aioli.

  • Our side of blueberry zucchini bread ($3.29) was a surprise hit. I'd wait in congested Route 23 traffic for another slice.

If you go: 755 Route 23, Delaware. 7am-3pm, Monday-Saturday.

The exterior of a diner.
You can spot this diner from Route 23 in Delaware.
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