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Bites Nearby: Diana's Cafe

It's casual dining with fine dining selections at Diana's Cafe on Route 309 in Center Valley.

After a history of waitressing and managing area fine dining restaurants, self-taught chef Diana Hall-Yurasits followed a dream. Taking note of market trends and the shift towards more casual dining, she took her passion for cooking and in 1998 opened Diana’s Café.

On a rainy Wednesday I decided to stop in for breakfast after dropping my usual breakfast and lunch ‘date’ off at camp. The menu is a mix of simple choices to elaborate creations for both the breakfast and lunch crowd.

The selections for breakfast range from the traditional eggs, pancakes and French toast to more creative listings such as the Breakfast Burrito, one of the day’s specials. It also ended up being my choice. The toasted burrito encased a delicious mixture of eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, and tomatoes with a balsamic glaze that really set off the flavor.

Other notable breakfast selections included an asparagus and crab omelet, corned beef hash, eggs Florentine and a lighter side category that included oatmeal, fresh fruit and a fresh fruit parfait. Considering the quality of the food the prices are quite reasonable. The asparagus and crab omelet is $8.

Lunch includes their house specialty café crab bisque which is described as tender pieces of crab in a creamy infused broth. Various salads are available as well as an Orange Salad that includes grilled marinated chicken with mandarin oranges, raisins and sun-flower seeds served with balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side.

For those wanting a little more for lunch the menu also includes burgers, various sandwiches and a list of entrees sure to please everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for quiche, crab cakes, salmon, lasagna, chicken and mushrooms or one of their many specials Diana’s Café has the ingredients prepare it fresh for your order.

Lunch entrees range from $9 to $11 with salads, soups and sandwiches anywhere from $2.75 for the soups, there are three available each day, to $9 for the orange salad.

Two dining areas are available that could easily seat up to 50 people, and high chairs are available for the younger crowd. I was seated in the front room which has booths and a view of 309 where you can relax and watch traffic as you enjoy your meal or the beautiful mural on the wall.

During my visit there were a few guests enjoying their meals along with a friendly server who seemed to know everyone. I always love places with regulars like that. I was treated to flavored coffee, tiramisu and my meal was served fast and my cup was always full.

Diana’s Café also offers catering for both corporate and private functions.

Diana’s Café is located at 4907 Route 309 in Center Valley. There is ample parking in their lot. Their phone number is 610-797-2525 and they’re open Monday through Saturday from 7am until 3pm. They do accept credit cards. For more information including their full menu check out their website.

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