A look into Canfield’s Broad Street Diner

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The very homey and welcoming Broadstreet Diner in Canfield provides locals with easy access to a wide variety of menu choices, and makes for a dainty and delicious downtown dusk-dining decision.

It is owned by Chef Richard Herrera, who opened the diner in February of 2008. The restaurant is located on 464 South Broadstreet and is open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 8pm. They serve lunch and dinner, and also offer carry out, delivery, and catering. Delivery is offered anywhere in Canfield for one dollar and an additional dollar for every mile outside of Canfield.

The Cardinal news crew took a trip over to Broadstreet Diner to give it a taste.

Hunter Todd:

I ordered spaghetti and meatballs. It was delicious and the meatballs were cooked to perfection, I even thought that it was better than Olive Garden. When she first put the plate in from of me my mind was blown by the color. The sauce was a bright red and the cheese on top pulled it all together. The noodles were cooked al-dente and the sauce tasted amazing. The atmosphere was clean and the service was good.

Abbey Karlock:

I got the Chicken Bacon Ranch wrap with a side of sweet potato fries. It was really, really good, I get the same thing every time because it’s my favorite. The cinnamon butter that comes with the sweet potato fries is awesome!

Coming into the restaurant you would expect it to be claustrophobic because it’s small, but once you get to your table you realize that it is actually pretty spacious.

Marissa Phillips:

A sandwich with grilled chicken, Italian greens, hot peppers, and melted mozzarella cheese all pulled together on a Ciabatta roll. I got my sandwich without the chicken. It came with a side of hand cut French fries. Overall the sandwich was very good and very filling. It was a bit oily, but other than that it was very good even without the chicken. The fries were not too thick or too thin. I enjoyed them.

Following my sandwich I could not pass up the brownie sundae! It was vanilla ice cream coated with chocolate syrup, home-made whip cream, a fudge brownie, and peanuts, all topped off with a cherry. It was a great combination of salty and sweet.

Nick Crescimanno:

The diner is neat and cozy. It looks like a neat little cottage from the outside, and feels just as welcoming on the inside. The paintings and style of the interior gives the restaurant an Italian air, and it is cool how many of the products that the kitchen uses are available for wholesale on racks near the entrance.

Our table felt very comfortable, and we even felt a sense of privacy in the dining room, which feels like the “family room” of the house. Speaking of family, this is a great restaurant to bring friends and small families.

The restaurant may feel Italian, but the menu boasts a wide variety of food styles such as barbecue, Hispanic, and Italian. This is also a great place to go for dessert, as there is a huge selection of ice cream and baked good combinations. Perhaps the coolest part about the menu is that there are bulk meal options for families and large parties. Six pounds of pasta and chicken…’nuf said.

I decided to try the barbecue pulled pork wrap. I know, I too was a little skeptical when I first saw “pulled pork in a wrap”, but it was definitely wise to trust the chef! The wrap was stupendous, and the addition of rice added a subtle chewiness that made this interesting Southern burrito a success! The wrap was just the right amount of food, and the meal rounded out well with a sweet and pleasantly chunky applesauce side.

Sarah Sittig:

I got the Paris salad. The salad was a spinach iceberg mix with tomatoes, blue cheese, crasins, and sunflower seeds. It also originally comes with turkey, but I chose grilled chicken. The Paris dressing is a creamy Italian, sweet and sour. It was very good! It had a perfect combination of flavors because of the salty blue cheese and the sweet dressing. Although I thought the salad had a lot of dressing, I would definitely get it again. The salad was served with a warm breadstick that had as light layer of Romano cheese, and it really complimented the salad.

For dessert I couldn’t wait to try the chocolate chip cannoli. It’s a hard graham cracker shell with a ricotta cheese cream filling with chocolate chips. Though “ricotta cheese filling” does not sound like it would be good, it is actually very sweet and like an icing. It is the perfect combination. It was delicious, and I cannot wait to have another one!

Later on we sat down with the owner, Rich Herrera, and asked him a few questions about his business.

“Owning a business has a lot of good sides because you’re free to do your creative ideas. It takes a lot of your time, but the work you put in is the work you get out. The hardest thing to deal with is the lack of family time.”

In past years he has owned Stockyard Market, the Boat House, and was corporate chef and director of operations at the Springfield Grille. Bearing in mind that the Stockyard is no longer open and Broadstreet Diner has lasted for six years, we asked what he has done differently: “We downsized a lot and minimized our expenses. We are sticking to the main concept which is takeout and delivery. I do hope to expand in catering and possibly to other locations.”

Rich learns new techniques and recipes by working in the industry, reading cook books, watching food shows, and trying new things. These all help him come up with his daily specials.

Out of curiosity, we asked Rich what his favorite dish on the menu is, “Chicken and greens. I love the smell and texture of grains and greens. You don’t walk away overly full.”