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Dave & Betty’s Diner 4801 Southeastern Ave.

Diner   noun


a person who dines.


a railroad dining car.


a restaurant built like such a car.


a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant
This little joint fits definition # 4. Although there are a couple of examples of # 3 in this area. One is on east 38th street, it is barely recognizable as to its original intent as it was converted to a Subway some time back. The best example is the Oasis Diner in Plainfield Indiana.
Dave & Betty’s doesn’t look at all like this but their intent is the same as every other diner in the country. Serve good food at good prices.

Pat’s Humongous Burger.

This is the half order of biscuits and gravy that we split as an appetizer. The gravy was better than most but not as good as Ollie’s. The biscuit was very nice indeed, and it only cost $3.60.

For my meal I could not resist their Beef Manhattan. For all you non Midwestern folks that is a roast beef sandwich cut on a bias with a pile of mashed potatoes in between the 2 halves. Then the entire thing is covered in brown gravy. There version was $ 6.60.

The taters were Potato Pearls and the gravy was probably from a mix but the beef was real and the portion was generous and it was hot. I thought it was delicious. It reminded me of my first Manhattan as a kid at the old Troy Restaurant in Downtown Indy. It is hard to resist hot beef and gravy. Of course had I been more observant I would have noticed that there special was meat loaf and I have a “thing” for meatloaf.

As big a lunch as it was I decided I had some room left for pie. In this case it was Banana Dream. A real pie crust filled with banana pudding and topped with whipped cream. It was pretty good. I probably could have eaten a whole pie.

This diner doesn’t have much of an electronic presence so I scanned their menu but only the lunch part turned out.

Dave & Bettys Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 responses

  1. I can’t believe those prices! I’m so jealous that you have cool diners. We have zero diners.

    May 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    • That is a shame. I think we need more diners and fewer “gastropubs”.

      May 6, 2018 at 7:57 am

      • Precisely.

        May 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm

  2. Good gawd do I wanna go there! I’ve already got my menu planned out and vittles purchased, but Imma go there next weekend. I love a turkey Manhattan like you would not believe! And banana cream pie! Oh cream pies are my favorite! I’m glad you guys liked this place, and even more glad it’s not far from home 🙂

    May 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    • Caution: they close at 2 PM. It is strictly lunch and breakfast. I think you will enjoy the place. I also think you will get a kick out of sitting back and watching the all female staff kick ass. It can be a busy joint and these ladies don;t play.

      May 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

      • Oh dang. Good to know!

        May 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

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