Restaurants of the yesteryear: Pancakes, steaks and seafood are not the only things found at this vintage resturant

By Clairissa Gonzalez |Staff Writer|

Enjoiyng a meal while sitting at a counter with music playing in the background can transport you to another time—possibly another life.

It can almost feel as if you are in a movie, waiting for a stranger in a trench coat or a troubled person with a carton of cigarettes to walk in and twist the plot of the story you are currently living.

Located at 265 East 40th street in San Bernardino, California is a little place called DJ Coffee Shop, currently owned by Terry Tahramanis.

DJ resides across the street from a McDonald’s and is located next door to Walgreens.

The diner runs from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This diner opened in 1965 and has seen many types of people in its 52 years.

The staff is friendly, and they treat everyone who enters like a friend, which in most cases they most likely are.

Saturdays at 5 p.m. you might see a group of friends like Frank Abril and his, enjoying a meal together.

This cozy “sit yourself anywhere darlin'” coffee shop is 10 minutes away from CSUSB, which makes it a convenient place for students who want a quick bite off-campus.

DJ Coffee Shop has been family owned since it opened, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to all who take a seat at the counter or slide into a booth.

DJ has an old time feel to it and it is obvious from the moment one walks through the door that this place has a lot of charm, from the menu board with the specials written daily, to those who simply come and exchange stories with other patrons.

“The service is really good, I never have to wait longer than 10 minutes,” said Katharine Jones, who ventures to the diner every few weeks when she’s in town.

Of the recommended dishes, some personal favorites were the BLT with avocado (even though they are currently out of season) and the Greek Village Spaghetti.

I myself have been there on several occasions, grabbing a golden brown Belgian waffle for breakfast or a perfectly grilled Bacon Swiss burger for lunch.

It is not hard to imagine why the place has four and a half stars on Yelp.

Most of the regulars have been going to the place for years, loving its charm and of course its food.

“I go as often as I can, ever since I found the place in ’71,” said regular patron Frank Abril.

Brittany Riley, who has worked at DJ for six years, said the summer and winter get the busiest.

If you tend to be a picky eater the menu has many choices, from omelettes to steak dinners.

At DJ Coffee Shop the atmosphere is comfortable, and the food delicious!

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