Hogan’s Diner (sometimes referred to as Hogan’s Cafe Deluxe or Hogan’s Hamburgers) is a South Hill diner in the classic 1950s style, complete with period decorations and oldies tunes.
It’s a popular spot, and when I visited during the lunch hour on a weekday, the place was packed. In fact, I sat at the only available table. That kind of popularity means they must be doing something right, but having eaten at popular restaurants with lousy burgers before, I remained cautious.
The menu has a lot of breakfast choices, which are served all day, and which were popular with the other patrons during my visit. Sitting at my table, I could smell pancakes, and they smelled amazing. Unfortunately, there was also an odd, off putting smell in the dining room I never could identify.
The menu has a half-dozen burger options, and each comes with a 1/3 pound beef patty and fries. The options range from a simple hamburger to a bacon and bleu cheese burger.
There’s also something called a Blazin’ Burger that comes with two different kinds of hot peppers and jalapeño mustard. That sounds right up my alley, and I’ll definitely go back to give it a try, but I have to follow my own rules for these reviews. With that in mind, the only burger I could pick was the Cheeseburger Deluxe.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to find such a good burger and fries here, and they would have been even better had my food come the way I ordered it. A few small tweaks would improve this place, taking it from really good to truly great.
All told, Hogan’s Diner is a family-friendly restaurant with plenty of 1950s charm. It’s a fun place to come for a burger and fries—and probably a shake too. I’ll have to try those when I come back for my Blazin’ Burger.
2977 E 29th Ave. Spokane, WA 99223