The 814: Dominick’s Diner


Emma Coppolo, A&E Editor

Located on 123 East 12th Street, Dominick’s Diner is a must-visit for a cheap, delicious meal.

The diner is just a quick drive from campus and perfect for a snack between study sessions or breakfast after a late night.

It’s open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, and their range of menu items is impressive.

The Italian diner has soups, sandwiches, salads, omelettes, pizzas, combo baskets, breakfast platters, snacks, Italian specialties and full dinners.

Basically, if you can think of something, they have it.

This past weekend, I got to try Dominick’s for myself, and I absolutely recommend it.

After driving all over Erie trying to find a breakfast place that was not packed, this was my last stop.

One of the things I miss most about my small town is our diners with homestyle cooking and that cozy atmosphere, which I have had a hard time finding here in Erie.

Walking into Dominick’s, there were a few tables of older people having their morning coffee and the familiar smell of grease on Sunday mornings.

It was a nice shift from the normal fast-paced, rushed diner scene I have found in the city; it was weirdly calm, and I loved it.

I got coffee, eggs, homefries and toast for only about $7, which is less than I pay even where I’m from.

The food was honestly perfect, especially the homefries. They were cooked just right so they were a little soft but still had some texture to them.

The coffee was surprisingly good, as well, and in constant supply.

The staff was friendly and efficient, and the wait time was much shorter than I expected.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the food and ambiance of Dominick’s.

I will absolutely be going back soon to try something new.

If you’re looking for something fast, inexpensive and delicious, Dominick’s is definitely a name you should add to your list of go-tos.

Check back in to see what hidden gems Erie has to offer and be sure to check out last week’s paper featuring Andora’s Bubble Tea shop.