Dan's Ol' Time Diner is a low-key, high-quality burger joint in south Oklahoma City on Western Avenue. The menu isn't too complex, with onion burgers being the place's calling card, but at Dan's it isn't about how much you do, but how well you do it.
Everything at Dan's is made fresh daily, from the sizzling burgers topped with caramelized onions to the generous servings of fresh cut french fries. There is a topping and condiment bar that allows each customer to dress their burger to his or her own taste. The grill and fryer are positioned right behind the counter, giving the customer a good look at the progress of their meal and adding a distinct, appetizing aroma to an already welcoming atmosphere.
Dan's Ol' Time Diner has been part of the community since 1982 and hasn't changed much since. It's still very local and has a warm, old-fashioned feel.
"[The original restaurant owner] Dan, he was a collector — a Coke collector," said the restaurant's general manager Lydia, "He passed away about 15 years ago."
Coke memorabilia is the dÃ©cor; old aluminum signs, classic bottles, and vintage machines can be found all over the diner. It should come as no surprise what the beverage of choice is at Dan's.
"We have no Pepsi," Lydia said. "Just Coke."
It's this hometown atmosphere that keeps loyal customers coming back.
"It's loud," joked a laughing Lydia. "No, everyone seems friendly, it's very talkative. We have lots of families, lots of older people — they're regulars. We have a lot of regulars."
Some are even quite dedicated.
"We have a little old man named Jack who comes every day," Lydia said. "He's our favorite."
The staff is young, helpful and energetic. They're quick to greet customers with a smile and appear genuinely friendly, adding an infusion of youth to the nostalgic venue.
Dan's is also a great place to eat on a budget, as a burger and fries generally go for around $5. The kid-friendly menu and low prices make it an ideal place for families.
Dan's seems to attract people of all ages, especially those who want a dose of the local buzz.
There also is a television, making it a good place to grab a bite to eat while you watch the game.
10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Closed on Sunday