Today I had lunch at the Diamond Grille in Akron. It was like stepping back in time, in more ways than one.
The Diamond Grille is found at 77 West Market Street. The exterior is unpretentious — and the inside is no different. It’s a throwback place, from the neon sign to the interior decor, unchanged and unaffected by the outside world, as if it were shielded from the ravages of time by some protective bubble. Pass through the black double doors and you find yourself in days gone by. It had special significance for me, because “the Diamond” was one of my father’s favorite places when we lived in Akron — and I’d wager the restaurant and its menu hasn’t changed much since our family moved from Akron 40 years ago.
The Diamond Grille specializes in steak. In fact, this little restaurant is a temple of steak worship, where the cuts of beef are prime, big and juicy, and served to be savored by people who appreciate a really fine steak and a well-made cocktail. Being there for lunch on a work day, of course, I really couldn’t reasonably exercise either of those options, so I went for the chopped steak and white bean soup — both of which were excellent and bursting with flavor. Having lunch there just whetted my appetite for a steak dinner, with all the trimmings.
Come to the Diamond Grille for the Rat Pack atmosphere, if you want, but stay for the steak — you won’t be disappointed.