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Jul 13, 2011 06:26 PM

Fabulous Burgers at the Summit Diner in Somerset

We left Pittsburgh, heading for Philly, early this afternoon and. stopped for gas in Somerset, about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, where we spotted the Summit Diner.

We all had burgers, and they were absolutely outstanding. Mine was a mushroom and Swiss, with grilled onions. I can't remember when I've had a better burger - anywhere. Priced below $6, they were 1/2 pounders of delightful goodness. They were juicy and cooked to perfection (our choice, medium rare). The rolls were also excellent (not doughy or dry, but thin, fresh, chewy bakery rolls).

Most notable was the flavor of the meat. So often burgers don't have any good, meat flavor. Theirs definitely do.

I don't know about the rest of the food on the menu, but if this diner were located much closer to Philly, I wouldn't ever go anywhere else for a burger (including my own home). Theirs can't be beat.

The atmosphere was authentic diner. The three local men gathered at the table across from us were chatting about hunting (in "authentic" detail!!) and fishing, and our waitress was friendly and casual.

Summit Diner
791 N Center Ave, Somerset, PA 15501

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  1. Next time save room for pie-I'm especially fond of the coconut cream pie.

    3 Replies
    1. re: David W

      The pies looked wonderful. After 1/2 pound burgers, dessert simply wasn't possible, but next time.....

      1. re: David W

        I agree with pie. Heck, stop just for pie if nothing else! Have stopped twice, depending upon what you pick the food might be average, but I think some of the meats are butchered in-house so that may be why the burgers stood out. Will have to try one.

        1. re: CrazyOne

          We will definitely go back for the pie at some point! Try the burger and see if you agree; there's definitely something different;about it; perhaps the in-house butchering has something to do with it, if that's the case. So often a burger (and meat, in general) is good, but just not really very flavor-full. Many would say that everything tasted better before mass production and such.

      2. The last time I was there all I ordered was a club sandwich...It was tremendous! Next time I'll be sure to go for a burger,.

        1. We usually try to stop in if we're in the area around meal-time on drives from PHL-STL. They're great and very kid-friendly. I usually get the BLT which is just about all I need if I'm in the car all day, but one of these day's I'll have to get a burger.