Although it opened just six weeks ago, The Woodville Diner, 1949 Woodville Road, is already establishing itself as a great place to eat both Lebanese and American favorites.
Owned by Sam Khreis, who also owns the popular Honey Diner, in Walbridge, his new restaurant in Oregon combines American comfort foods like hamburgers and steaks with Mediterranean classics like grape leaves and hummus.
“Woodville Road is a great place to have a restaurant,” Khreis said. “There are many fast food places here, but I wanted to put a real diner in Oregon. So far, we have had very good business even though a lot of people do not know us yet.”
|Woodville Diner owner Sam Khries.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
Opening the diner with his wife, Iman, has been hard work, but well worth the effort, Khreis said.
“We have had a lot of great customers and our neighbors have been wonderful,” Khreis said. “People come here and appreciate that we make 95 percent of our food homemade. Nobody ever leaves here hungry. Most people leave here with a box.”
Khreis said diners who have not tried Lebanese food before have left the diner with a new appreciation for classics like gyros, falafel, chicken shawarma and fried kibbe.
“People really love the chicken shawarma here,” Khreis said. “The Mediterranean food is different than hamburgers, but people are very willing to try new things.”
Grape leaves (stuffed with ground beef, lamb and rice) and beef or chicken kabobs are also big sellers, Khreis said.
As popular as the Lebanese food is becoming, it is the American classics that have really been big sellers, he said.
The Woodville Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some dishes could be considered colossal dining challenges worthy of Man VS. Food fame.
“We have a Big Bacon Breakfast that has three eggs, home fries, toast and one pound of bacon that is very popular,” Khreis said. “It is a lot of bacon but people really do enjoy it.”
A Breakfast for Two, for $10.50, includes a feast of two pancakes, two pieces of French toast, ham, bacon, sausage patties, home fries and four eggs done any style.
The four egg omelets are also popular, Khreis said, adding that the Greek omelet (tomato, onion, gyro meat and feta) has been a runaway favorite.
A Jumbo Omelet, for $9.99, combines six eggs and 11 ingredients consisting of a variety of meats, cheese and vegetables.
Hungry for lunch? Why not try a Monster BLT, stacked high with one pound of bacon, tomato and lettuce, or the 12” Monster Sub piled high with turkey or ham?
The Woodville Diner also has more reasonable sized choices in breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as homemade soups.
“Our stuffed green pepper soup is very popular,” he said. “We always have the green pepper soup as well as chicken noodle and chili available. We also make cream of broccoli, cream of potato and vegetable beef as well.”
The diner has a daily special of all-you-can-eat fish or shrimp with fries and cole slaw for $7.99.
“We have a very clean place and friendly staff,” Khreis said. “We have good food at great prices. So far, we love being here and we are very happy that people have been so welcoming.”
The Woodville Diner is open Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 9 pm.; Friday and Saturday, 7 am-11 pm, and Sunday, 7 am – 8 pm.
For more information or to place a carryout order, call (419) 691-9999.