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Consistency, classic menu keep Diehl’s diners coming back

NITRO, W.Va. – Established in 1960, Diehl’s Family Restaurant in Nitro, West Virginia, is one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in West Virginia. The restaurant was founded by Jack Diehl, who worked as a cook at a local chemical plant before saving up to start his own business.

The restaurant is currently run by his son, Keith Diehl. Keith Diehl manages the restaurant with the help of his son, Aaron, and mother, Hazel. In addition to being one of the best spots in Nitro to grab a burger, the restaurant serves as a small museum featuring an eclectic mix of memorabilia. There’s a wall dedicated to NASCAR collectibles, another full of cowboy memorabilia and another corner dedicated to military veterans. There’s also a large variety of stories about local sports heroes and an assortment of license plates from throughout the country.


“It’s stuck around for 57 years because we kept the same menu. We peel all of the potatoes, we cook a hundred pounds of roast beef every morning, and we make all of the rolls,” Keith Diehl said. “We also make all of our pies. Everyone says they have a ‘homemade pie,’ but a lot of people don’t. I inherited the same menu that my dad had, and I fix it all the same way.”

Customers looking in for lunch can enjoy a Cheeseburger ($4.89), a Pulled Pork Barb-B-Q ($5.29), or a Hot Bologna ($6.89) topped with Hazel’s signature homemade sauce. There’s also an open-faced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich ($9.39).

“I like the hot bologna. We do the sandwich the same way she did with the sauce she made in 1960. We also have sandwiches named after J.R. House and Josh Culbertson, who were big football players at Nitro at one time,” Keith Diehl said.

For dinner there’s a variety of pastas, including Spaghetti ($12.29 for a small, $14.89 for a large), Veal Parmesan ($16.89) and Chicken Parmesan ($16.89). Specialty dinners include Country Cured Ham ($13.89), Pork Chops ($13.89), and Roast Beef and Gravy ($12.29). Steaks are available, including a German-Style Steak ($20.89) featuring a 12-ounce chopped steak with cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms. There are also different specials each day, such as salmon cakes on Thursday and Baked Steak on weekends.

Every day the restaurant has a wide selection of homemade desserts which may include coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie, graham cracker pie, bread pudding, blackberry cobbler, carrot cake and chocolate cake.

“We go through over 1,400 pounds of potatoes in a week and over 350 pounds of potatoes on Sunday alone. We fry them all in cast-iron skillets,” Diehl said.

Diehl’s Restaurant is located at 152 Main Ave. in Nitro, West Virginia. It is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders or more information call 304- 755-9353.

If you go: Diehl’s Family Restaurant

TYPE: American family diner

ADDRESS: 152 Main Ave., Nitro, West Virginia

PHONE: 304-755-9353

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

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