Homestyle Diner’s Reuben sammie

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A sine qua non for a diner, it has been said, is that everything is advertised as “homemade” — even if it isn’t. When it comes to diners, that condition is irrelevant: diners are about recognizable meals, homestyle cooking and what most of us agree is comfort food.

Waterloo’s Homestyle Diner, in a plaza on Albert Street at Bearinger Road, is a combination that was more of a diner when it was located on Victoria Street nearly four decades ago.

Coconut cream pie and a coffee (Photo/

That’s a long time in restaurant years, but I’d say Homestyle Diner is less diner and more what we call a family-style restaurant. It’s owned by Craig Yantz and his sister Denise Price, who took over from their aunt in 2010.

Family-owned and operated for 36 years, Homestyle’s kitchen draws on generations of family recipes for much of its cooking — and especially the bevy of cookies and cakes and pies. Though the custard was a bit cold, I enjoyed the coconut cream pie with a cup of coffee.

Long-time family business (Photo/

I had come to Homestyle for pie, but spotted a Reuben sandwich which became my lunch: diner or family style restaurant, I can’t imagine such a venue without one …

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