^ “I’ve been in Johnstown since I was a kid and I just like the community we have here. I want people to feel at home here,” Tiffany Johnson.
When Tiffany Hollis started the Dashing Diner food truck three years ago, she never thought it would get this big. Now she runs both the mobile and a brick and mortar diner which will be celebrating one year of business in May. Both are decorated with the quintessential ‘50s American diner feel, with antique accents and matching aqua and red décor- they even start playing the oldies promptly at 11 o’clock every day.
Along with the hometown visual vibe, the food matches, too- hearty breakfasts and classic homemade burgers and sandwiches for lunch. In addition to daily specials, they have a Burger of the Week special, which has recently included a ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ burger topped with smoked gouda mac and cheese, BBQ sauce, and onion rings, as well as the ‘Italian Stallion’ which featured a half-pound burger topped with pepperoni crisps, salami, melted provolone cheese and house-made Italian mayo.
This week’s special is The Brooklyn. The description from the Dashing Diner Facebook page.
“Brooklyn is beastie!! When the bun is 2 Rye and Swiss grilled cheese and it's packing 1/2 lb. of angus beef smothered in Swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, and our house-made Reuben sauce, how could it be anything less than beastie?”
If you’re not trying the special, Tiffany suggests a sandwich with their famous bacon jam- ‘a ‘lil smoky, a ‘lil sweet, and a whole lotta tasty,’ according to the menu.
“Our most popular menu item is definitely the bacon jam burger, which is a half-pound Angus burger with Swiss cheese, mayo, pickle, and our homemade bacon jam that’s not quite like any other kind of bacon jam out there. We have a new crispy chicken bacon jam sandwich too, and that one seems to be a new favorite,” Tiffany said.
^ Tiffany working the grill.
I had the build-your-own breakfast sandwich this morning, which was great! I spoke with a couple of regular customers, Alice and John, who recommended the blueberry hotcakes as their favorite breakfast item.
^ My Build-Your-Own breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, and cheese on English muffin.
^ Lunch menu.
Alice, who lives just around the corner, said, “We just love coming here. It’s very affordable and we always feel at home.”
The hometown feel is important to Tiffany, which is why she also hosts movie nights for kids at the diner, with a themed dinner to go along with the film being screened.
“It’s kind of like planning a fun kids’ birthday party,” she said. “We showed some Halloween and Christmas movies for the holidays last year, and then for Valentine’s Day this year we showed Lady and the Tramp and made a spaghetti dinner to go along with it. We got red and white checked tablecloths and the kids got little wine glasses for their drinks. It was fun!”
Most recently, she partnered with the Johnstown baseball team to do a showing of The Sandlot, complete with hotdogs served by the team members and baseball-themed snacks and decor. All of the proceeds from the event were donated back to the team at the end of the night.
Tiffany shows her love for her hometown through the care and details she puts into her food, her business, and the special events that put the Dashing Diner into a unique category of restaurant and budding community hub.
WHERE AND WHEN
Dashing Diner Uptown, located at 16 S. Main St. in Johnstown, is open 6am-3pm every day except Sunday. You can also visit the Dashing Diner food truck (which serves slider versions of the restaurant classics) at their first event of the season on April 29th at the 2017 Taste of Granville at Bryn Du Mansion and Field House.
Dashing Diner Uptown
16 S. Main Street, Johnstown