Out in the western portion of Hendricks County, Indiana, in the small town of Coatesville, a new restaurant has opened, providing delicious cooked-to-order meals in a family-friendly environment that's just a stone's throw from the Vandalia Trail. Dawnn's Diner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, any way you want it.

Located at 5005 Milton St., Dawnn's Diner sits at the intersection of Milton and Main streets in downtown Coatesville. I spend a lot of time in Coatesville between my job and my daughter's softball practice across the street, so I took notice that the building housing Dawnn's Diner got a significant facelift on the exterior and interior.

After they opened for business, my daughter and I visited after one of her softball practices.

Dark hardwood floors, light barn wood and brick on the walls and country-style, wall-hangings give Dawnn's Diner a very comfortable, casual feel. Huge picture windows on two of the four walls allow plenty of natural light to wash over the dining area and give guests a view of the town and its quiet happenings. The entire restaurant, including the restrooms, is very clean.

My picky teenage daughter loved the pancakes at Dawnn's Diner in Coatesville.My Breakfast Experience

My daughter and I were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress, Kim, who seated us and took our drink order (Pepsi products are served at Dawnn's Diner, plus lemonade, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, white or chocolate milk and a couple of different fruit juices). We perused the menu, noticing that breakfast offers the options of pancakes, eggs, French toast, biscuits and gravy, omelettes and oatmeal. In several places on the menu, it said that we could have breakfast all day, any way we wanted.

We were in a breakfast mood during our visit, and I wanted to put their offer of making my breakfast the way I want it to the test, so I described to Kim what I wanted: two eggs scrambled, two sausage patties and two pancakes. Kim didn't even bat an eye as she wrote my order down, added my daughter's order of pancakes to the list and headed back to the kitchen.

A few minutes later, a piping-hot breakfast came out, exactly how I ordered it. My daughter was thrilled to see that their pancakes are the huge fluffy kind that take up the entire plate -- exactly how she likes them. Her order of pancakes included two of these monsters. She could only make it through one-and-a-half of them, which is pretty amazing since she's a teenager and had just finished two hours of softball practice. Normally, she inhales her food like a human vacuum. Props to Dawnn's Diner for filling her up!

My breakfast was excellent, too, and Kim checked on us regularly to refill drinks and make sure everything was to our satisfaction.

Dawnn makes a mean Reuben sandwich!My Lunch Experience

A subsequent visit with a couple of my coworkers at lunchtime led me to try the Reuben sandwich. I'm something of a Reuben snob, so this would be my acid test for Dawnn's Diner. If she could make a Reuben that I like, she'd have me hooked.

My coworkers looked over the menu and saw that Dawnn also offers hamburgers, hot dogs, coney dogs, a variety of sandwiches and subs, fried chicken, fish and chips, tenderloins and much more.

Looking for something on the lighter side? Try a fresh, made-to-order salad and a cup of the homemade-from-scratch soup of the day. Dawnn also offers a kids' menu for children ages 12 and under.

My Reuben? Dawnn nailed it. It was a good-sized sandwich, and the ratio of corned beef to sauerkraut was just right. The hot Swiss cheese oozed into every bite, the marbled rye bread was soft like it's supposed to be, and in an interesting twist, Dawnn put the Thousand Island dressing on the side so that I could spread as much or as little as I wanted inside my sandwich -- or, as I chose to do, dip each bite in the dressing.

My coworkers both opted for the cheeseburger, and they reported it to be delicious. We all liked how crunchy the french fries were, too.

Convenience for All

For motorists, there is plenty of free parking along both sides of Milton and Main streets. When my coworkers and I were there, it was a full house but finding a parking spot pretty close to the front door was a non-issue.

For bicyclists, walkers and runners utilizing the paved Vandalia Trail that runs from Amo through Coatesville and into Putnam County, Dawnn's Diner is a half-block north of the trail, just a few dozen yards from the Coatesville Trailhead. Its festive yellow exterior is hard to miss. It's an ideal spot to rehydrate, fill those bellies for more energy and enjoy the rest of your trip down the trail!

Dawnn's Diner

  • 5005 Milton St., Coatesville, Ind.
  • (765) 386-5664
  • Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Mondays
  • Major credit cards accepted