What better way to enjoy some 80+ degree summer weather than to go on a road trip?! The destination was Sidney, Ohio and its famous diner called ‘The Spot’ which has been the hub of high street life for over 100 years. Getting to visiting iconic diners is a great way to explore new places.
The destination was Sidney, Ohio a city in Shelby County named after Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) a British poet and member of Parliament.
Before the arrival of the settlers, it was the rich and fertile hunting ground of the Shawnee and Miami Indian nations – which explains the presence of an absolutely gorgeous park – which I will be sharing with you in the next part of this road trip diary.
Today I am going to share a little bit about ‘The Spot’ a 100+ year old traditional diner and the surrounding main street area. Enjoy!
This is ‘The Spot’ a traditional American diner that has existed on this corner, in one form or another, since 1907. It started as a chuckwagon owned by Spot Miller and then went through various reincarnations including a rebuilding in 1940 due to a fire and a remodeling inside in 1976 (its current interior layout).
It serves an array of traditional Ameircan diner food at really good prices (the most expensive burger/sandwich is $5.25 and the fries are $1.85). The atmosphere is family friendly and is a real slice of small city life. The burger I had was made and cooked fresh and was really delicious and the fries were crispy and incredibly tasty. I enjoyed my diner experience here and would love to eat here again if I ever get the chance!
I went for a little wander around the immediate area near the diner, and Sidney, Ohio has some impressive buildings and history. The courthouse was built in 1881 and was visited by presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft who addressed the local population and gave speeches on the courthouse steps.
One of the other buildings that caught my eye was the 1918 Louis Sullivan designed Thrift Building. It really stood out and is a beautiful example of arch fronted 20th Century architecture (yes, I am a bit of a building nerd).
Another Sidney, Ohio landmark is the ‘Big Four’ Bridge which has been used for rail traffic since 1923. It is a huge structure that adds a dramatic look to the surrounding area, especially when you see and hear a train travelling along it.
I really enjoyed my time in Sidney, Ohio and would like to go back soon to maybe visit the summer time drive-in or the farmer’s market that is held there. I think there are quite a few hidden gems in this city, and it was so lovely to get out in the good weather to experience some of them. I will be doing another Sidney, Ohio inspired road trip diary post again soon where I share some of what the beautiful Tawawa Park has to offer.
Have you been on a road trip recently, where did you go? If you could go on a road trip anywhere, what would be your destination? Have you been to Sidney, Ohio?