The Diner is in a retail area that used to be part of the USMC Recruiting and Training Depot in San Diego. I like diners, and thought this would be a typical diner, but it wasn’t. It is meant to be an Experience. There are video games for kids to play in an arcade, it’s loud, and the servers are brash.
We got there at lunch yesterday, and left after an hour or so. I got a sloppy joe and onion rings. The rings were really good; I had asked twice for some ranch dressing to dip them in, but never got it. The sloppy joe was OK, not spectacular. I started out with a vanilla shake, it was OK. My check was $17.36, and there was an “included gratuity” of $2.86 (17%!), I would imagine because there were six of us.
The food was not that good, and the service, while the server was nice and all, was not terribly prompt or throuogh. I don’t know that I would go back.