After the 1950s, authentic diners became harder to find due to competition from fast-food upstarts and because the lenses in cat-eye glasses were unable to detect checkered floor patterns. Relive the hep-heyday of diner culture with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of old-fashioned American fare and drinks at Cindy's Diner.
Cindy's offers nostalgic noshers a retro dining experience at vintage prices. For breakfast, fill early-morning stomachs with corned-beef hash, biscuits and gravy, three-egg ham-and-cheese omelets, or Garbage, a house specialty that blends eggs, potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham into a mishmash of nontrash. Fast-moving mouths can grab a sweet treat to go from Murphy's dime-store donut machine. Afternoon crowds delight in lunchtime BLTs, bacon cheeseburgers, patty melts, and fried bologna and cheese, a midwestern delicacy. Cindy's has a small capacity of 15 hungry Indianans, who sit elbow-to-elbow on red vinyl stools at the prefabricated diner's counter. As customers wait for a seat, they can busy themselves making jukebox selections, staring into the hypnotic glow of neon lights, or modeling for Norman Rockwell.
- Cindy's is a classic diner and it's located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. There's seating for just sixteen people (counter only). We were there for lunch on Saturday and snagged the last two seats. Everyone else seemed to be a "regular" and it was fun listening to the banter between the customers & the co-owner/cook. – Bethesda14610, TripAdvisor
- Cindy's Diner is one of the best Diners I have ever been too! The breakfast dish "Garbage" is to die for! It is a real mom and pop run diner with the best diner food in the world. – Christine, Yahoo! Travel
When perched on a cushy high-rise seat inside the retro environs of Cindy's Diner, one will likely encounter owner John Scheele as he darts about the kitchen, whipping up hearty home-style dishes lauded by reporters from News Sentinel. He sets down simmering plates of farm-fresh eggs, stacks of hot cakes, and thick sandwiches on the bright red and chrome bar, taking time to greet new faces and exchange new jokes with the regulars. When the skilled cook gets an order for his signature "garbage" breakfast, he cracks open eggs before mixing in potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham. He also creates fresh donuts using an old-fashioned machine, icing the warm morsels in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
John keeps his establishment a family affair with his wife Cindy, along with their three children and 20 grandchildren, who can often be spotted serving plates of all-day breakfast and refilling mugs of coffee. Rustic jukeboxes rest on the countertop, showcasing a selection of old-timey tunes, such as "Seven Spanish Angels" and "There's No Such Thing as a Cordless Telephone".
Downtown Fort Wayne
830 S Harrison St.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802Get Directions