Downtown Diner

409 E. Santa Fe Street
Olathe, Kansas 66062
(913) 764-1002

Sunday - Tuesday: 6AM - 2:30PM
Wednesday - Saturday: 6AM - 9PM

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Downtown Diner
Downtown Diner - Olathe, Kansas

Downtown Diner opened on August 9, 2011. It is located just a few blocks east of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas. The restaurant is owned by Rich and Sue Caines who used to operate the restaurant at the Double Nickel. Rich runs the kitchen, while Sue runs the front of the house.

The Caines are doing a lot of things right, including offering great specially burgers, breakfast all day and excellent smoked meats. Combine that with good service & low prices and this casual restaurant is quickly becoming a big hit.

Downtown Diner has much of the same menu that the Caines had at their previous location and the first item I tried (the Heart Stopper) was a real treat. The intentionally unhealthy sandwich uses grilled cheese sandwiches for each bun, with 2 hamburger patties, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, bacon & BBQ sauce in between. For $10.99 it comes with an order of fries. I think grilled jalapeno slices and onion would take this sandwich to the top.

On additional visits I've had other burgers including their newest "downtown burger" which includes two beef patties, Swiss cheese, corned beef and coleslaw. This burger is juicy and a little sweet. It has become my favorite sandwich at Downtown Diner.

The Downtown Diner has a large smoker in the back and both smoked meats & beans are prepared there. The beans are sweet, but a little runny. The baby back ribs have been a little dry but the other meats have been much better and the beef brisket was very tender, moist and flavorful. If you are at Downtown Diner on a day when they offer bacon explosion sliders as a special, I recommend giving them a try. 

Rich Caines is experimenting with new dishes every week. The current menu was introduced in 2015.

During a recent visit to Downtown Diner, Rich brought me a sample of his ham and explained that it was from a pig which they raised on a nearby farm, using food which would have been waste at the restaurant for part of the feed. They are now raising all of their pork products, which are butchered at Steve's Meats in De Soto. They intend to raise all of their beef by the end of the year.

The rings and fries are pretty good for frozen, but if they were replaced by fresh made fries and onion rings, Downtown Diner would be spectacular. 

Downtown Diner restaurant dining room
The tables and some of the fixtures still look like they did when this was Ping's Chinese Restaurant

Downtown Diner counter
Downtown Diner added this new counter in late 2011

Downton Diner kitchen
Rich Caines (owner & chef) with his back to the camera

Heart Stopper - Downtown Diner
Heart Stopper and French fries ($12.99)

Downtown Diner chicken dinner
2 piece white chicken dinner ($8.99)

Schnitzel Sandwich at Downtown Diner - Olathe, Kansas
Schnitzel Sandwich as a daily special

Grilled chicken salad ($8.79)

Downtowner burger (my old favorite) - two beef patties topped with Swiss cheese, corned beef, bacon 7 coleslaw, plus a side ($10.99)

Sheboygan burger (my new favorite) -  hamburger, Swiss cheese, Italian sausage, grilled onions, sauerkraut ($10.99)

Sandwich menu from May 2018

Breakfast menu from May 2018


Entrees & pastas menu

Pancakes & waffles menu

Entree menu

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