Nostalgia Feeds the Soul and stomach

Smashburger Headquarters

From the awning advertising to the vintage painted word DINER on the historic building storefront in downtown LaPorte, this place takes you back to the days of a high quality diner. I was looking for somewhere to kill a few hours of time while my daughter was at volleyball practice, and decided to investigate a local burger place. Now, I had never heard of this place and was surprised to find they have been here since 2014! They claim to be the home of the smashburger, but I soon found a new favorite hometown greasy spoon. Thanks to David and Dan Thornberry for following their dreams!!

The Brothers definitely have a passion for the ole diner feel and a time where fat free wasn’t even a thought,

No family recipe for fat free only heart and soul💖

and making the noodles for soup is a process of taking their heart and soul as added ingredients to flavor their homemade chicken noodle soup with a splash of love. It warms the belly as well as the spirit.

The crisp cleanliness of this little diner gives it a home-like atmosphere with fun whimsical attributes from the menu to the groupings of wall art.

Classic Rock and Roll Theme
Elvis is in the building!
Families Belong Here

 From appetizers and a family recipe homemade chicken noodle soup,  to an all you can eat fish fry Fridays and Saturdays, and great daily specials, this place has something for everyone!!  Today’s special was buy one burger and get a single burger for $1. 

We ordered the Big T double burger and combo appetizers: zucchini sticks,fried mushrooms,onion rings fried raviolis, and mozzarella cheese sticks. All I can say is well done!!  The batter was portioned correctly to the vegetables, and the tastes were individualized – meaning not all thrown into one fryer and cooked together where the flavors blend: A move many small diners do, but cooking them separately, tingles the taste buds with textures and individual flavors of delight.  The Fried Ravioli had a nice soft but crispy crumble crust and a smooth rich cheesy center. 

I just fell in love with the simple but elegant capture of the 50s Diner.

American Spirit

The decor was enough to keep you looking around and finding new things to see, and yet not too overwhelming. These two brothers smashed more than just burgers, they hit the grand slam with this little Diner!!!!!! If you have been there or are planning to go, please let me know what ya think!!!


+1 219-362-6261

501 Lincolnway, La Porte, IN 46350

Published by Pam Brant

I am a beach volleyball travel writer who promotes players, coaches, officials, trainers, organizations, clubs, and other volleyball related services to increase involvement and awareness of the sport in a fun exciting way. Enjoy the journeys of the Volleyball Lifestyle while connecting with others around the USA as we improve community health. I invite you all to like, follow and share my blogs as I visit new and exciting places: Meet some amazing people along the way, and even join in the fun!!! This is for all levels and ages, recreational to professional. Your Feedback is important to me, as I share my information not only with my traveling athletes, coaches, and trainers, but also with any volleyball organization and club. Let's enjoy the journey together of the volleyball lifestyle, share community activities, and promote healthy activity by traveling to our beautiful parks, beaches, and other venues along the way!

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