178-Year-Old General Store and Diner
On one of those days where the office’s view was the windshield I found myself on State Route 674 near Slate Run Metro Park on Columbus’s southeast side. Hunger pains had me looking for a place to refill the stomach.
Marcy’s Diner and General Store looked a bit tired in a nostalgic way that led me to actually turn around and come back. Of course, not before I did a Google search and saw a “4.1 star” rating and well we know this fat man can’t pass that up. And it was very worth the $12 lunch price tag.
First, it is a small – 50 seats – diner with an ice cream stand and a general store for those that need the necessities that come with rural living. Rural is something that the Diner has experienced its entire life. Founded in 1840 by William Brobst the general store was in the family for more than a century for a long and storied history.
The current location is the second-building on the original site and has been owned by the current ownership group for the past 12 years and has been a diner for more than 30 years.
Being old is one thing. Being good is another.
The place was packed at about 1:30 on a Thursday afternoon.Good sign and the only issue I had with the place was service. But they had probably 50 of the 80 seats filled and the two waitresses hustled but were overwhelmed. But I wasn’t in a hurry and it was a good time to slow down and just see life go by.
Chose the mushroom and Swiss burger with french fries and an iced tea. Fries were your typical “sysco” but the burger was good. Burger had flavor and was well cooked to make me think it was probably fresh-pressed as it didn’t have that uniform look or feel you get from Sysco food. Family at table next to me had a wide selection of burgers, pizza, and subs that looked – and they said it was – good. The Italian sub was quite large and the pizza was a classic pizza with the thin-crust but crispy. Another table got the soup du jour — that sounds good, I’ll have that — which was Sausage and Kale and his counterpart got the Chicken Parmesan. The soup is homemade according to the waitress and he seemed to like it. The Chicken Parmesan was a huge quantity of pasta and sauce – he put more than half of it in a to-go container and still struggled to finish what was on his plate.
Overall, the restaurant is worth a stop if you are in the area and hungry for basic American fare. Worth an hour drive from Delaware? No as you’ll pass a handful of similar restaurants – like the Sunbury Diner — on the way.
- Web Site: marcydiner.com
- Address: 1004 Winchester Southern Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio (Google Map)
- Phone: (614) 837-0734
Neither Toby nor C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. received any compensation or other benefits from the company featured.