A True American Diner Experience at Route 38

I’ve driven past Route 38 so many times when entering and leaving Cornwall on my way to and from Plymouth, but when you see a diner on the side of the road, you wonder how good the food is.

We decided to stop in recently and I knew we’d made the right choice the minute we arrived at the door and ended up standing in a queue. No one is going to stand in a queue for bad food.

Now as you know by now I love burgers, I could eat them every day so of course a burger was a logical choice for me. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was a buzz of excitement, it is such a busy restaurant and yet we were seated quickly.

The service was attentive, they were there checking on us even though the staff were running around clearing plates and taking orders. The food didn’t take long to come out which was pretty amazing seeing they were so busy and it was worth every penny I spent.

The burgers were true American burgers, they were hearty, real meat and delicious. We also both had a chocolate milkshake, now be careful when ordering a milkshake. If you order just a milkshake, you get milk and flavoured milk, you need to tell them to add the ice cream and then you get the real deal.

All I can say is that Route 38 I will be back for more!


Well I headed back to Route 38 this week and all I can say is what a disappointment. From the fantastic experience the last time, this time was everything but. I had the burger again and my friend had the Philly cheese steak sub.

The first thing we noticed is that my burger was burned and I mean black on the one side, inedible. But when my friend tried to eat their sub that was a whole other story. The sub was more like a burned baggette, it was so black that it fell apart with a knife. The steak was so tough that barely any of it could be eaten and to top that off the cheese wasn’t even melted.

While I could not fault the potato skin starter or the delicious chocolate milkshakes, the main meals were much to be desired.

So I’m sorry folks, but anyone wanting to visit Route 38 be aware it could go either way. Maybe they have a new chef or maybe we just came on a really bad day, there was a commotion at the petrol station next door but well before we even received our starters, so can’t see how this could have affected what I was hoping would be a superb meal.

Food Quality – 5

Food Presentation – 7

Atmosphere – 10

Service – 10

Overall Experience6

You can find the Route 38 Diner on the A38 from Tamar Bridge heading towards Liskeard.