Road Island Diner: Retro Rural
Sure, it looked like an old-fashioned diner car from the outside, all chrome and neon lights beckoning from the corner of Rt 32 and Weber Canyon Road. But inside, it was a little like stepping back in time: marble countertops lined with stools, milkshake machines, booths with juke boxes, waitresses and bussers in paper hats and vintage-style uniforms.
Located just one hour from Salt Lake City, and ten minutes from Kamas and the Mirror Lake Highway (gateway to endless amounts of hiking and camping in the Uinta mountains), the Road Island Diner is worth a stop both for its location, atmosphere (named City Weekly's Best Road Trip Diner in 2009), and its food.
A customer from Park City told me their Weber Road salad was the best she'd had in any restaurant in the area. I test-drove a diner standard and one of their specialties, chicken-friend steak, and can confidently say no matter how ravenous you are after driving out of the wilderness, you will be satiated after a visit here.
Of interest to New England visitors: the Road Island Diner originally opened in Massachusetts in 1939 (under a different name), then moved to Rhode Island, where it was in operation for many years. A few years ago, when it was replaced by a chain restaurant back east, the diner car was purchased, hauled cross country, refurbished, and re-opened its doors here in Utah.
Details: Corner of UT-32 and Weber Canyon Road in Oakley, M-F 11am-8pm, sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am - 2pm, 435-783-DINR