restaurant review: gus’s diner

good morning everyone! i’m in orlando & getting ready for the pre-conference and opening events that i’m attending today. it’s the beginning of a very very busy week, so i thought now would be the perfect time to review a restaurant that brad and i visited recently!

full disclosure: we paid for this meal entirely on our own and i was not compensated in any way for this blog post. as always, this review reflects my honest opinions.

ever since brad had breakfast at gus’s diner in sun prairie over a month ago, he’s been trying to convince me to go back with him. well, one recent lazy friday, the call of gus’s fish fry finally broke me and i gave in!

gus's diner

gus’s is an old-style diner that definitely offers an experience for it’s diners!


the menu is honestly not that exciting – this lots of burgers/sandwiches that you’ve seen before. i have heard, however, that they have great breakfast choices, and brad and i overheard a fellow diner order off the breakfast menu for dinner when we were there. so maybe that’s the high point of their menu.


the decor is what brings the fun to a meal here. the walls are decorated with neon signs and each booth has its own personal jukebox that really works! brad and i didn’t use ours (i wanted to) because he said it was really annoying when he was there for breakfast because it’s kind of loud. but it definitely adds to the mood of the restaurant.

anyway. back to the food.

we went expecting brad to get the all-you-can-eat friday night fish fry and i would get something else. except as soon as we walked in, my desire for anything but fried food went right out the window. so i got the fish fry too! we were able to choose between shrimp, cod, or a half serving of each (you know we both picked the half serving of each) and then they would offer us more when we were ready. we each also go to pick a side and soup or salad.


i chose salad (i got to make my own at their salad bar) and brad got their home-made clam chowder. the salad bar was pretty typical, but i still got in some veggies. 🙂 the chowder was pretty tasty!


i chose onion rings for my side (i will always choose onion rings if it’s offered as an equally priced side option!).


brad chose mashed potatoes & gravy as his side. both meals were also served with a tiny bowl of corn. blech. definitely canned and swimming in butter.

we both really enjoyed the shrimp, but the cod had no taste. i took one bite and decided to only have shrimp. given the amount of food we got, that wasn’t a problem though. i was full anyway.

overall, we enjoyed the atmosphere of gus’s and the service was awesome. some of the food was good- we both like the shrimp and onion rings, my salad was fine, and brad liked his chowder! the cod and corn were pretty gross, though.

cost: surprisingly, not super cheap. brad did get a dessert to go (i didn’t try it, but he liked it!) and a soda with dinner, but the bill was more than i expected it to be for the quality of the food. again, maybe we were paying for the experience?

will we be back? maybe. probably not for the fish fry though. i’m interested in trying their breakfast – i hope it’s better than their dinner choices.

this meal was definitely an indulgence, and i don’t make a habit out of eating like this all the time. every now and then it’s fun, though!

Gus's Diner on Urbanspoon

what is one thing that you will definitely order if you see it on a menu?

i do like onion rings, but usually i avoid sides like that when i’m out since they cost extra and i don’t need onion rings that often! i usually go for any mushroom-centered entree! grilled mushroom tacos, burgers, ravioli? that’s what i’m ordering!


About sarah

hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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2 Responses to restaurant review: gus’s diner

  1. Chelsea says:

    I’m a sucker for any kind of roasted vegetable sandwich. I’m not huge into fried food either, but if you’ve never had it, the fish fry at Quivey’s Grove is to die for. The best in Madison IMHO.

  2. Deb Sieracki says:

    I’m right there with you, onion rings especially if they are homemade.

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